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Paulina Lake Loop Trail

EASY 156 reviews

Paulina Lake Loop Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately 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.

Distance: 7.5 miles Elevation Gain: 426 feet 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

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.

hiking
snow
15 days ago

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.

hiking
27 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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!

hiking
2 months ago

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!

hiking
3 months ago

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!

hiking
4 months ago

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!

hiking
bugs
rocky
4 months ago

Great weather today.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
bugs
off trail
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
bugs
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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!

hiking
bugs
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Not too many mosquitoes unless you are right by the swamp. No mosquitoes repellent used, no bites. Great for dogs. Would do this again and take more breaks and pictures to enjoy the views.

Awesome hike. No mosquitoes. Beautiful views the whole way, especially when Paulina Peak is in the frame.

hiking
11 months ago

Awesome hike! I did it in middle of October and there were no bugs and the weather was absolutely fabulous. Really beautiful loop and a great chance to walk right through a crazy obsidian field.

Sun Sep 16 2018

Has all the different types of terrain to see in the area; forest, swamp, desert with lava rock, ect. Absolutely beautiful!

Sun Aug 26 2018

Would like to hike this whole trail. It’s a serine lake with a variety of vegetation. Peaceful and enjoyable.

hiking
Sat Jul 21 2018

Beautiful views, and amazing geology with very little effort, but it's also not a one-mile-and-done tourist trail. Even on a weekend day in midsummer, I had it all to myself, and there were only a few other folks at the springs.

Thu Jul 05 2018

Meh.. it’s pretty and the water is beautiful but the bugs were OUT OF CONTROL! So many nats and mosquitos. The “hot springs” are saying it nicely... they’re shallow but do provide a lot of heat.

walking
Tue Jul 03 2018

Fun trail with great views of the lake. Definitely recommend starting early and wearing solid hiking shoes as some of the terrain can get a bit sketchy. Otherwise very easy for pros, maybe a little challenging for novices. Took about 3 hours.

Sun Jul 01 2018

While not much elevation gain/loss, there is varied terrain throughout this hike. Dirt, rock, gravel, sand; need to watch your footing as it's easy to trip. The views around the lake are gorgeous. I recommend starting your hike about 10 - 11 am, hike to the hot springs on the edge of the lake (about halfway around and marked), each lunch and relax, then finish. I've hiked quite a few trails around Central Oregon and really enjoyed this one. Would do again.

hiking
Sat Jun 30 2018

The lake was pretty, but it was congested with campers. The views of the lake were the same the whole trail.

Sat Jun 30 2018

Cool hike but the view was the same throughout it.

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