There is a reason this is one of the most popular trails in the USA.
In August as the snow melts back you see the Glacier lily and Avalanche lily fields breaking through the receding edge of the snow fields and the resulting avalanche of blooms you will understand. Add to this millions of purple-blue lupine, red paintbrush, etc.. and you see how the place got its name.
The real reward comes from trails that go up well above the tree line.
On our last hike we did a 11 mile meander up to Pebble creek where you could see Muir Camp (where many climbers start to summit from). Constantly changing views and landscapes are the norm for this hike that starts at Paradise Inn. We saw several glaciers and waterfalls, a bear with 2 cubs, marmot, many other creatures, and much more.
The trails are all well maintained, but some are rugged so check with the rangers before you start out for trail status and best destinations/routes as the conditions on the mountain are always changing.
We did this trail on a weekday an there were quite a few people, but not at all crowded. I understand summer weekends can be crowded.
Paradise is definitely a place you want on your bucket list!
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