Paradise Valley Conservation Trail is located near Maltby, Wa. This park is 667 acres in size and has trails open to horses, mountain bicyclists, and hikers. We decided to make this an afternoon workday hike. As soon as we got off work we headed to the trail. We pulled in at about 4:45pm and saw only a few cars, but other people must have had the same idea to hike this trail after work because when we came back to our car at 6:45pm the parking lot was over flowing with cars.
The trail has a lot of lush green underbrush. You won’t find spectacular views or scenic waterfalls, but what you will find is quiet lush green forests, wildlife, and well manicured trails. We hiked the five mile perimeter of the Mainline and found it to be a great hike for families and for people with joint issues, as their is little elevation gain or loss. There are also a multitude of hikes that branch off of Mainline.
The trails are marked well. Each time you come to an intersecting trail you will find a marker telling you where it goes and how many miles to your destination. This is very handy due to the thick underbrush and the lack of landmarks.
We found a lot of ferns, salmon berries, mushrooms, and other flora and fauna.
The park was created on what was once a working farm. Next door to the park is another farm called Farmer Frog. This farm is a nonprofit camp that also hosts a Farmers market and education on sustainable gardening and agriculture. I think I might have to come back and check out Farmer Frogs on another night.
Both kids and dogs are welcome on this trail, but be careful of bicyclists. They like to zoom down the trails. There are some paths that are foot traffic only. No permits needed at this time to park in the lot. Find this and other adventures on our adventure map.