Paulina Peak Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near La Pine, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and scenic driving and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
You can either drive to the top or hike to the top for a dramatic view of Bend and the Sisters Volcano Complex. This is one of those "must see" things in Oregon. This peak is the highest point of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. There are plenty of campground spots along the lakes where you can spend the night in preparation for a very early rise to do this trip.
This was a pretty simple two mile hike to the top. It was a beautiful view. quite dusty and dry. The trail is uphill the whole way but easy to follow. The peak is a parking lot which is always kind of a bummer, but I am glad I hiked rather than drove because there are some awesome, private scenic spots along the way. Not to mention hiking is always more rewarding.
Hiked this with my wife today, not real difficult but there is some long steep sections but plenty of areas to take a break. Fantastic views and worth the hike.
I loved this hike! Yes, it was a very hard hike but it was also amazing! It's not as bad as I thought it was going to be. But it is also a 1,400 ft elevation gain in 2 miles. Bring lots of water if you are going to do this hike! (:
A short yet challenging forest trail with amazing views. Some sections near the top still had snow (today, June 20th).
Steep but the trail is well groomed and plenty of spots to stop and take in the scenery. I took the shortcut and skipped the flat section of trail and jumped on the trail when it crosses the access road.
Beautiful and occasionally challenging. The view from the top is amazing!
I have some great memories (and also scary ones) of snowmobiling up this with my Dad. If you haven't done this, by hike, snowmobile, car, or whatever, you should! It's beautiful and there is a lot to learn about the volcanic history of this area and specifically the Newberry Crater. Paulina Lodge is also open in winter for snowmobilers, cross country skiers, and snowshoers.
A good hike with a great view at the end. Do note that, as of now, there is still a bit of snow on the ground. However, from what those who drove it told me, the road to the top is clear.
This is my favorite of all time for central Oregon, Great views and incredible geology.
I had a difficult time finding the trailhead. The gps map to get to the trailhead Is incorrect. It takes you half way up the road you take to drive up to the peak. Beautiful views and not busy at all when I went in the morning. It actually starts at the Paulina lake camp visitor center. The elevation is also more then 400 ft.