quote:Originally posted by trudel
Has anyone been up there in the past year? (I'm referring to Paradise Creek valley, not Little Paradise one valley up) I haven't been up there since '07 and am wondering if the two low bridges on the Paradise - Mud Ck FSR are still intact? Is the trail seeing much use? When I last saw it it was in good shape but am wondering if the area near the trailhead has bushed in. Am planning to head up there later July with some friends.
Hi All, I'm new to the board but a long time lurker. Lots of great info here so time to return the favour.
We were up there this last weekend, and late last fall.
My wife documented the fall trip here:
(She'll likely write up a blog post from last weekend some point in the future.)
The pile of timbers with the bike in front of it is the remains of the second bridge.
The 2 bridges were taken out in 2010, there is a big warning sign up there with the dates posted on it. The creeks are not drive-able unless you have a very highly modified 4x4, think one of those hill climb machines. Your truck will not get across, I have a similar vehicle and I wouldn't attempt it. A few ATVs have made it through but not many. Right now the creeks are high due to run off.
There is also a big ditch across the road right before the creek crossing.
The first creek has both a log above the creek and a beam partially in the creek so it is relatively easy to cross on foot. The second creek requires wading, on the weekend it was over my knees. You can see in the blog post the second crossing wasn't deep late in the fall as it was below freezing at night.
The trail doesn't see much traffic. Mostly horse I'm guessing. We did see a group of hunters on horseback in the fall.
The trail has recently been cleared of windfall up to the 3rd creek crossing (Paradise creek where there was a big debris flow a bunch of years ago.) You can see a couple of photos of this creek crossing in the blog post above. After that you are heading into the sub-alpine so it is bushy but passable. There are lots of horse bogs prior to the 3rd creek crossing so you WILL get wet feet.
Just a warning, there are LOTS of bears up there, including grizzly. We found grizzly tracks on the road near the first creek crossing and there are piles of bear crap literally every 200 feet on the road all the way to the trail head. We did see a mother grizzly with 2 cubs on the road near the turn off to Taylor Basin on the drive in.
Pic of the tracks:
One other tip, the road past the upper Tyaughton trail head gets very soft and muddy this early in the season. If you head up there make sure you have the ability to get yourself out if you get stuck.
Let me know if you have more questions.