- Expect construction work on Paradise area trails and please follow posted instructions. Work is focused on the Alta Vista trail, which will have sections closed during the week. All sections will be open on weekends. More on trail conditions.
- Please remain alert to your surroundings at all times and be aware of geohazards. Report any unusual stream flow or conditions to a park ranger.
- There are several small wildland fires in and around the area of the park being monitored by park staff.
Crossing Streams Safely
- Your best option may be turning back. If conditions do not look safe or above your skill level, do not try to cross.
- Do not try to cross water that comes above your knees.
- Early morning is the best time to cross when river levels are typically at their lowest. Water levels may change by as much as a foot from morning to late afternoon.
- Look for a place where the river is braided into multiple channels, and cross at the widest part.
- Before crossing, scout downstream for log jams, waterfalls, and other hazards that could trap you. Locate a point where you can exit if you fall in. Swimming may not be possible in the swift flow or if you are swept against submerged rocks or downed trees.
- Use a sturdy stick to maintain two points of contact with the ground at all times.
- Unfasten the belt of your pack so you can easily discard it.
- Staring down at moving water can make you dizzy. Face upstream and look forward as much as possible.
- Straddling a foot log may be safer than walking. Consider the consequences of a fall.
- Your safety is more important than your itinerary. Permits or reservations can be adjusted to accommodate safe river crossings.
Learn more about hiking safety.