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Paradise Glacier

Difficulty: easy

4.8 miles

Elevation gain: 1300'

Max elevation: 6280'

Camps: none

First hiked by me: older

This trail is a 0.7 mile spur off the eastern side of the wildly popular Panorama Point and Skyline Trail loop. It can be hiked as an extension to that route, or on its own as an out-and-back from Paradise (which is the mileage shown above).

Apparently not many people come this way, as it's the only place I've managed to find solitude above Paradise. This is probably because the trail name is misleading. At one time there used to be a glacier here, and there is still a sign warning about danger around the ice caves, but the glacier has retreated and its once famous ice caves are no more :-(

In their place is a barren landscape consisting of rock, water, and not much else. I find it beautiful in a strange, unsettling way.

The trail peters out rather than having a clear end.

Reflections in a pool of meltwater

Otherworldly barren landscape where a glacier recently retreated

Evening light on a well-made trail

Sunset above Paradise