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Walk Your World: Beyond Paradise

Flowery entry to Bald Hills from the east

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glimpsed snow-capped peaks. The Daily Triplicate/Richard Wiens
You could say we had the luck of the irises. And the rhododendrons. And the azaleas.

They lined much of Paradise Trail like a decked-out wedding aisle a couple of Saturdays ago as we set out from the South Fork Road trailhead for the mile of switchbacked climbing that would bring us to the eastern section of the Little Bald Hills Trail. Perhaps our timing was perfect; maybe those rhodies are already fading. But the thousands of low-slung purple and white irises promised a lengthier prime time.

First, a couple of travel notes:

• Once you hit South Fork Road off of U.S. Highway 199, it’s 6.7 miles south to the Paradise trailhead. Make a note of that, because the only sign marking it faces the other direction, as if the folks driving up from Big Flat are the only ones who need to know.

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