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Peter Skene Ogden Trail is a 22.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near La Pine, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 22.3 mi Elevation gain 3,103 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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Follow the Paulina Creek Trail and the Peter Skene Ogden Trail

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Reviews (110)
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Recordings (90)
Completed (169)
Allison Halperin
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Hiking

Such a beautiful trail! Was definitely pleasantly surprised. We started at Ogden group camp, walked maybe 1.5 miles around Paulina lake and back, and it was 22 miles. From McKay crossing campground TH where AllTrails takes you is probably about 6 miles to the lake, or 12 out and back.

Rebecca M
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Hiking

Beautiful walk with nice waterfalls along the way!

Lauren Goodwin
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Hiking

We did 2.5 miles section from Macay campground out and back. Absolutely beautiful, follows along the creek closely sometimes then elevated above as well. Relatively gradual incline up. Made it to a beautiful little waterfall/swim hole

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Sarah Rēgan
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Hiking

I did this hike from McKay Crossing up and then down. Looks like this map shows someone going up 3 miles, back down to the TH, then to the lake, back down to the trailhead, and then once more to the middle of the hike. This is not a 24 mile hike. It's only a 12 mile out and back. Waterfalls all along the way at a gradual incline.

Tanya Young
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Hiking

5/1/20: Did a quick 5 mi rt from McKay Crossing CG. Nice access to river, waterfalls, and a sweet cove. Parts of trail are sun exposed and has the potential for crowds when campground is open. Trail continues to falls and lake.

Tyler Reynolds
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Hiking

Great trail! Moderate climb. Would do again in a heartbeat! Lots of waterfalls and nice water features.

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Dawn B.
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Alex Nelson
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AllTrails User
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DoctorofaCertainSize .
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Hiking

We started out hiking from the lake. The best part of the hike is within .25 miles- the falls. Otherwise you are in a scrubby pine forest with more deadfall than standing trees. Three horses were on the trail ahead of us, and their hooves were completely destroying the soft soil trail, leaving huge divots and ruts. Would not do this one again from the lake, from the reviews it looks better from McKays end.

Ben Creighton
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Very enjoyable hike. Not sure why this one is rated as moderate though; we found it to be quite easy. Some elevation gain but nothing strenuous. Very pretty hike with well marked trails and lots of waterfalls. Good trail to take your dogs on too! We started from McKay Crossing Campground, taking the trailhead which indicated 'Paulina Lake 7 mi". You'll go less than half that distance to see the falls, then backtrack for a nice 6+ mile hike. There is some shade, but mostly you're out in the open. I have to recommend this hike though. Definitely worth your time!

Andrew Jurgens
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Hiking

Very nice trail, exceedingly easy to follow. The falls are spectacular, both the main even and the smaller ones on the way. Easy hike, with most of the elevation gain in the last half mile or so to the falls. Lots of direct sunlight, so be aware.

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Rachel Bieber
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Hiking

No bugs. No snow. Super easy trail with multiple waterfalls.

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Donna S.
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Hiking

Beautiful easy hike along the river with half a dozen waterfalls along the trail. No bugs, no snow.

Shanna Osborn
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Hiking

Stunning trail and creek. Go in spring when the flowers are blooming.

Haeli Canda
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Hiking

Such a beautiful easy hike, tons of places to stop of the river not too long but you can take the long trails . Would recommend to anyone looking to do a light laid back Hike

Cameron Stalnaker
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HikingNo shade

Great easy trail. Don’t remember any tough parts. Tons of great views. Only downside was the lack of shade on the hot day I went. Will do again.

D J
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Hiking

Great trail. There are many small (but beautiful!) waterfalls along the way. I started at McKay crossing and went as far as I could get. I hit snow at 5600’ elevation (on 5/4/19), probably ~1.5 miles from Paulina lake. I turned around then since I was by myself and hadn’t seen another human in a while. Trail is mostly river grade so it’s easy going. The road to McKay is very washboard-y.

Scott Fendley
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Hiking

Love every minute of this hike. Gorgeous views of the river with several different falls many accessible from the trail. Trailhead easy to find from right across from the McKay Crossing campground. Worst part was the road down to the campground will rattle your teeth

David Manica
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Hiked the trail in the snow on Christmas day after a fresh snow fall. I have done this hike several times both winter and summer and it never gets old. But I think winter is my favorite.

Lisa S.
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Hiked it to Lake Paulina and back! So beautiful and inspiring with the river and water falls inspiring us to finish!!

Susy -fish
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This is my 'local' so to speak.I try to hit at least part of the trail 3-4 times a week.Unparalled dog walking. The main trail is real dusty at the moment because of v. dry summer,but you can walk a smaller trail right next to the creek.The creek features numerous small pools along the way with lovely scenery including beautiful rock formations.During the week few others use the trail,however it gets quite lively on summer weekends.

Thomas Johnson
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Hiking

Easy to find trailhead. Just look for the McKay Crossing campground. The trailhead is across the bridge over the creek. It is exactly 3 miles to the upper falls. This hike gets better and better as you go along. Beautiful scenery and small to moderate falls all along the way.

Devon DeGarmo
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Hiking

A nice easy hike with loads of waterfalls! Very dusty, but worth the hike up to the bridge.

Anne Coats
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The trail is beautiful !! Once we got to it❤️ However, had we followed the directions given on “all trails” I have no idea where we would have ended up. They are wrong!!!! Please review this carefully. Instead if turning on the dirt track where the directions tell you to turn, go one mile further down Paulina East Lake road and then to the left is a paved road leading to a parking log and to the trail head.

Lindsey Clement Giles
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Hiking

This trail is an easy out and back that follows the river to beautiful falls. Children would like it because there are lots of opportunities to wade in the river. My watch showed it was closer to 4.5 miles round trip. We went in late April and it was perfect.

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