Overnight backpack trip to Paradise Lake via the Pacific Crest Trail from White Rock Lake. The snow has mostly melted, earlier than usual, leaving this area lush and green. Nice views of Old Man Mountain, Basin, Peak, and Paradise Valley on this northern approach to Paradise. Paradise Lake was beautiful as always. We had neighbors, but not too close. The campsite was a bit buggy, but controllable with DEET and nets. Hiked out on the PCT retracing our steps, except taking the Mt. Lola Trail to White Rock Lake and crossing the dam. There was just a little water going over the spillway at White Rock Lake. The only wildlife seen were birds, fish, chipmunks, and a baby marmot at White Rock.
10.15 mi (4.08 mi uphill, 4.07 mi downhill, 1.86 mi flat)
1350 ft total ascent – 13.0 % uphill grade, 75.1 % downhill grade
1 day 0:24:43 total time (5:20:20 moving, 19:04:23 stopped)
0:31:32 pace (1.9 mph average speed, 7.5 mph max speed)
14.4 difficulty, 26.6 effort
GeoLocator for latitude 39.4207001 longitude -120.3912811