Just before Christmas the Portal Rodeo Hiking Club weekly hike was a trip to Paradise. Starting at the old corral on FS 42 (1 mile past the research station on the right) 10 hikers and 2 dogs headed up a ridge on the south west side of Silver Peak for a trip to Paradise AZ. Cutting cross country the group eventually found the trail and headed up the drainage toward the ridge top. Passing a number of old gabions placed for erosion control the gentle incline made for easy walking. Upon reaching the ridge top and passing through a gate the group headed down hill to eventually meet FS42B just outside of Paradise. The return trip followed a slightly different route with a side trip for lunch on top of a knoll just below the Elephant rocks. Following the main drainage and trail the group ended up in a large meadow before returning to the cars. Covering about 6.4 miles with less than 500' of elevation gain an easy outing for a nice winter day. The map of this hike may be found here.