The Yellowstone Kelly Heritage Trail (formerly the Paradise Memorial Trailway) is a converted, paved “rails-to-trails” path that runs parallel to Skyway for much of its length. Along the way, you’ll discover over 30 plaques commemorating Paradise history and pioneers, particularly near Paradise Community Park, where you’ll find easy parking and start your trek. This walkable artery through town provides minimal shade covering, so prepare accordingly. Make sure to enjoy a picnic in the park and a treat from Joy Lyn’s Candies (right across the street from Community Park) pre- or post-hike.
To make this an easier outing, drive to the northern trailhead in Magalia near the intersection of Pentz Rd. and Skyway so that you’re walking downhill most of the way.
Want a challenging trek? Double it by making it an out-and-back instead of arranging for a point-to-point pickup (for even more of a challenge, also start at the northern trailhead so that you walk uphill on the return trip).
You can also add about another mile to your hike by starting at the official south trailhead, located at the “Town of Paradise - Welcome” sign at the intersection of Skyway and Neal Rd.
Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Trail Length & Type: 4.1 to 5.1 mile point-to-point; shuttle required
Best Used: Accessible year-round
Dogs: Allowed on leash
Other Information: Wheelchair accessible
From Hwy 99, take the Skyway Exit east towards Paradise. Turn right onto Pearson Rd., then left onto Black Olive Dr. There is plentiful on-street parking.