Paulina Peak Trail

HARD 26 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1558 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

snow

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.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Fresh powder brings a chance to snowshoe up Paulina peak and take in one of the best views in central Oregon.
Great cascade views from Mt Adams all the way to Mt Mcloughlin are your reward for this short, steep hike. The first summit, while not the highest has the best view into the cascades. Dozens of small cinder cones rise from the volcanic plain surrounding Newberry Crater and the view of the lakes is awesome too

hiking
1 month ago

Light dusting of snow and a cold brisk wind made for a quiet and peaceful hike. Good grunt but well worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail and a good challenge, too. The views are amazing, though lots of smoke today blanketed things a bit.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

2 hours up on the trail. Some small areas of snow, but we didn't need our yak trax. Road was closed so the parking lot was empty:) Came down on the road which was totally snow free. A great day, unbelievable views, worth all the effort. Found a completely burned up snowmobile on the road on the way down.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

hiking
Monday, August 29, 2016

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.

hiking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

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! (:

Sunday, July 24, 2016

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

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Monday, June 20, 2016

A short yet challenging forest trail with amazing views. Some sections near the top still had snow (today, June 20th).

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015

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.

hiking
Friday, September 05, 2014

Beautiful and occasionally challenging. The view from the top is amazing!