Paulina Peak Trail

HARD 52 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
1,594 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Few people on the trail. Secluded forest trail that opens up to breathtaking view of the Paulina caldera. A little steep at times that makes it a difficult trail to hike.

9 days ago

Hiked this morning from the boat landing. A bit nippy and our first frost sighting of the year. Hike was great. Fantastic views and good morning of exercise. Best of all, no cars at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is awesome. I can understand lacking motivation to do it since you can also drive to the top, and tons of people do that very thing. Nevertheless, there are views along the hiking trail that cannot be seen any other way than hiking the trail. I'm talking awesome views! Well worth the steep climb up. I see no reason to start at Paulina Lake along the Crater Rim Trail as this route suggests. Drive 0.7 miles on the road toward Paulina Peak, and you will find a gravel parking area and trailhead. The section of trail from the lake not very interesting anyway. From the trailhead mentioned, it is two miles up and two miles back for a total of four miles. On your way up, watch for side trails to huge rocks. These side trails offer some awesome view angles. Be very careful though! Don't let small children play close to the cliff edges. I don't recommend climbing the huge rocks that jut out. It's tempting, but they are vertical climbs and dangerously situated on the edge of doom below. Just get close enough to the rocks to snap photos of the lakes below or of Paulina Peak above (the trail's destination).

hiking
2 months ago

Solid hike, intense incline, and amazing views!! You can cut the first 1.5 miles through the flat wooded area and start at the actual trailhead. It's about .3 miles up the main Paulina Peak car road, and there's a parking lot on the right. It's 2 miles up with about 1400 incline from this point.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail was absolutely beautiful and the views were great. The only downside was that there were not many signs to the trailhead and it took a bit to find. Other than that, great hike. Would hike again.

hiking
3 months ago

First time on this trail, I will be back, has some steeper grades but then will give you a flatter section, or a spot to stop to take in the views on the way up. The views are amazing. The trail is great for those looking for a fitness hike/run. Good variation in terrain makes for a fun descent from the top. We parked at the lake and crossed the street. Small bit of manageable snow up at the top.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing views. Very small patches of snow. Can see from Washington to California mountains.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike in Oregon's "Other Crater Lake" area. Great views along the hike, especially of an immense lava flow below.

snowshoeing
11 months 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
11 months ago

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

hiking
Monday, August 28, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

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.

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.

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! (:

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

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

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!

scenic driving
Monday, July 08, 2013

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.

hiking
Monday, June 17, 2013

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.

hiking
Monday, December 24, 2012

This is my favorite of all time for central Oregon, Great views and incredible geology.

hiking
Thursday, July 12, 2012

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.

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