Take a Walk Through Paradise

Hiking the Paradise Creek Trail

If it’s not too hot outside, we suggest exploring Paradise! Take the Paradise Creek trail through Paradise Canyon in the foothills of Sequoia National Park. Gentle Paradise Canyon contrasts sharply with its surrounding terrain. This moderate 1-mile trail winds through a deciduous, oak woodlands and passes waterfalls and pools. Cross the Middle Fork Bridge and then parallel Paradise Creek for the rest of the hike. After one mile, the trail ends. Turn around unless you are prepared for off-trail hiking.

Beware: Poison oak is common along this trail. Learn how to identify Poison Oak, as it can irritate skin and cause rash and/or blisters. An easy phrase to remember is "Leaves of three, let it be." If you see a small plant or shrub with shiny leaves bundled in "threes", be sure to stay away. Try not to brush your clothes or shoes against this plant, as your clothes can carry the plant oils and cause irritation when you get home.

Please be aware that pets are not permitted on any trails at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. However, leashed pets are allowed to be walked in developed areas like campgrounds, picnic areas, and along roads that are open to vehicle traffic. 

Qualified ADA-defined service dogs are allowed on trails in national parks. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. For more information about ADA service animal requirements, please go to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
The Paradise Creek Trail starts in Buckeye Flat Campground near site #28, located 6 miles north of Foothills Visitor Center in Sequoia National Park.
The Foothills area can get hot in the summer and air quality can be poor. If you're hiking during the summer, we recommend that you hike early in the morning or late in the day.

Last updated: February 12, 2018