Peter Skene Ogden Trail to Falls is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near La Pine, OR that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from July until October.
Follow the Paulina Creek Trail and the Peter Skene Ogden Trail
Great hike started at the waterfalls and keeper going beautiful scenery
There were a couple inches of wet snow for the last mile but otherwise it was a beautiful day out. We had no problems making it up to the lake from the six mile point
So this trail is tricky to locate and cell phone service was spotty, so be sure to know your route before you go. Once we got there it was pretty straight forward. The trail is easy to find and clearly marked along the way. It was apparent when we got to the first group of slides. I would highly recommend bringing water to drink and some sort of inter-tube to float on because it makes the slides that much more fun.
Nice trail for mtn. biking. The trail on the north side of Paulina creek is for uphill biking only. Coming down on the south side of the creek you can follow a ski trail, take the paved highway or come down the powerline road, which is a fast dirt road. One reviewer said the trail forbids mtn. bikes. She may have mistaken the sign. It means no downhill biking on the trail. You can shorten it by 2 miles if you drive to McKay Crossing campground to start. Moderate uphill with a few short, steep parts until you get about 3 miles from the lake, then it flattens out a lot.
THIS IS NOT PRIMARILY USED FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING. NO MTN BIKES ARE ALLOWED ON THIS TRAIL. SEE PHOTO OF TRAIL SIGN.
This is my new favorite hike! Incredible waterfalls and the trail is alongside Paulina Creek with its many swimming holes and natural slides into the water. The path is foot-friendly, no rocks, with soft dirt that is easy to move through. Start at the McKay Campground and head upstream (note Paulina Lake is 7 miles from the campground). The best falls are within the first 3.5 miles according to my guidebook, and since I only went in 3.5, I can attest to that much.
The trail does not allow mountain biking or other wheeled vehicles yet we saw evidence of mountain bikes, but did not have a run in with any.
There was a nice array of wild flowers in July and an abundance of wild pink roses along the banks. There is an old burn from 1988 so you will see a lot of downed trees and scorched bark, but the new growth is healthy and there were enough surviving big trees to make it beautiful.
I did not see any sketchy type people here like another reviewer. There were campers and lots of families with kids all having a great time sliding down the rock slides and cannon-balling from the rocks to pristine pools. I want to just go do this trail again tomorrow!
I only did a couple of sections of this trail but enjoyed it. There are some sketchy types that seem to camp along this trail so I would not hike it alone.