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Paulina Lake Loop Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near La Pine, Oregon that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.5 mi Elevation gain 426 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Hot springs

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

Snow

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This trail is mostly flat with a few uphill areas. The views of the lake and caldera are great. There are hot springs along the lakeshore. Scenic trail with mostly dirt beneath your feet, although there are several rocky areas. Easy difficulty mostly flat with a few up and down areas.

Paulina Lake is located in Newberry National Volcanic Monument at 6,380 feet. For campground information please visit www.hoodoo.com or call 541-338-7869

For campground information please visit www.hoodoo.com or call 541-338-7869 Paulina Lake Lodge 541-536-2240

Paulina Lake is located in Newberry National Volcanic Monument at 6,380 feet. For campground information please visit www.hoodoo.com or call 541-338-7869

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Julianne Willis
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Running

Awesome for a hike or trail run. Not much vert and fantastic views the entire way around

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Mandi Chestler
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Hiking

We’ve done this hike half a dozen times. It is always beautiful.

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Izzy Knox
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HikingBugs

easy, long loop! was able to swim a bit after finishing the loop! only con was that it was really buggy

ginny noel
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Hiking

We had a wonderful hike around the lake yesterday. We went early so didn't see a lot of people. Weather was perfect.

Tyler Harvey
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Hiking

Easy trail to walk and follow. No snow now, and we didn’t run into any mud. Passed maybe about 6-7 groups or so while walking. FYI no camping in any area in the caldera other than the developed sites.

Alison Palumbo
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Hiking

Great trail. I went 6/14/20 and the conditions were perfect. No snow.

Sean McGarry
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a very easy Trail with nice views. Trail conditions were good today. there were areas of mild to moderate muddiness. it is starting to get a little bit buggy. the trail was very sparsely traveled today. the Spurs to the waterfalls and Hot Springs or very short but worthwhile.

Alec Mollenhauer
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HikingMuddyRocky

Trail varies quite a bit. Very rocky in some parts and muddy in others. Hard to follow in some parts. Snow was all gone, but one part of trail we completely underwater.

Mitchell R.
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HikingSnow

Easy but beautiful. Snow is still ever present but easily manageable.

Neil C.
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Hiking

Nice easy hike. We had a beautiful 70degree day with some cloud. Hot springs are basic but make for a nice pit-stop. We parked at the day use area just after the Paulina lodge turn off. You can park in their too but will be an extra $5

McKenzie Cooper
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HikingSnow

3/29/20 Beautiful trail, lots of snow. We brought snowshoes just in case but didn’t need them. We continued past Paulina Falls to the lake. The lake was frozen nearly solid still, and was absolutely stunning! Great easy hike for a nice day.

Emma Etheridge
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HikingSnow

Rented cross-country ski's with the thought we'd go around the lake. Made it down Finley Road easily, and to the junction of NF-22 and Ice Cave road. Ice Cave Road had a bit too much snow to attempt, but had a great time cross country skiing to the the lake and back. Did not see a single other person the entire day. Would highly recommend for solitude and ability to get to if there is about 8 inches of snow in Sunriver/Bend area.

Thomas Greenlaw
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Hiking

Hot springs are amazing after a nice hike around the lake!

Nicole Cacialli
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Hiking

Beautiful, easy hike! We did it clockwise and would recommend doing the same. Views were beautiful! This was one of those hikes I wanted to check out earlier but didn’t because of all of the people. Not crowded at all this time of year!

Stephanie Krell
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Hiking

Parking lot was closed so began hike at the campground next door. Hiked clockwise around the lake and enjoyed all of the beauty and various terrain it offered. Hot springs were cool! Only issue was a sign around 5 miles saying that the trail was closed for tree removal from the group camping area to the end of the trail. We were not about to turn around and walk 5 miles BACK so we kept going. I would suggest they place signs of trail closure at EVERY parking area. Would definitely hike again!

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Mackenzie Styger
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Hiking

Easy hike with only a couple elevation gains. Lots of lake access which was great for our dog to cool down! Great landscapes with cool volcano rocks. Only part we didn’t love was part of it was on a paved road through a camp ground...otherwise it was awesome!

Daniel Wright
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Hiking

Really beautiful trail with a lot of opportunities to hop in the lake! Overall not to many hills and not very difficult trail conditions. Would recommend to any hiker looking for a good distance that is fun for beginners and experienced hikers. Only issue is that for about 1.5 miles you are walking through campsites which is not as fun and beautiful as the rest of the hike!

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Christina Tsutsui-Tharp
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Great weather today.

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Leif Johnson
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HikingBugs

Awesome hike. Pretty dang flat, but still a few areas with small elevation gains which made for cool views and photo ops. Lots of creatures, birds, bugs and wildlife. Loved being able to take a few steps off the trail and be right on the water. Walked with my fishing pole the whole time and there were a TON of fish right off the trail. Bring bug repellant just in case. Only reason it doesn’t get 5-stars is because you have to walk through campgrounds with paved roads, which was fine. We will definitely do this hike again.

Nancy Forrest
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Hiking

Beautiful views and an easy trail around the lake. Hot springs on north side are interesting. Great to soak then jump in the lake. They’re not huge soaking spots. Best place to swim is on the SW corner where there are big rocks to jump off of.

Kerrie P
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Hiking

Great Trail! Butterflies, lizards, birds, and an awesome view of the lake!

Ben Creighton
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Hiking

This was a fun and unique hike. It's quite easy, as the terrain is mostly flat, with a few modest inclines of short duration. It is unique in that you will hike on dirt trails, lava rock, obsidian, grass, mud, and even pavement! The trail literally goes right through 2 campgrounds, which is nice if someone needs a quick potty break. So there's your pavement portion. The obsidian and lava rock areas are pretty cool, but I advise you not to take your dog(s) on this trail without booties, as this stuff could cut up their poor little paws. Where the trail follows the lakeshore closely, it's mostly grass and in some sections also a bit muddy. Also of course the closer you are to the water, the worse the mosquitos. But overall they weren't too bad. At a steady pace, we finished this hike in just over 3 hours.

Ahmilla Thapa
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Kara Alexander
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James Pemberton
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Hiking

Good trail with great views of the lake as you walk round.

Lynn Hughes
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Hiking

Hiked on 6/18/19-no snow, minimal bugs. Beautiful views, especially around back side of lake. The altitude is around 6200 feet so be sure to dress accordingly! My only complaint is about the time I had hiked 4 miles or so and arrived at the hot springs a party boat full of people pulled up and took over the hot springs! I feel like you should have to work for your soak by hiking there, not cruising across the lake!

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