Peter Skene Ogden Trail to Falls is a 5.3 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 birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.3 miles
708 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips






wild flowers


Follow the Paulina Creek Trail and the Peter Skene Ogden Trail

4 days ago

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

24 days ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Hiked on 2/18/18 with several inches of snow on the ground. The falls were extra beautiful with Frozen water around it.

Sunday, November 05, 2017


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Great hike with some very good views of a gorge and falls. Easy to find and good parking. Would do it again!

Monday, July 24, 2017

A nice, relatively easy trail with river views almost the whole way. Campground looked like a great spot too for a weekend (McKay Campground) and wasn't full yet on a Friday at 5pm.

mountain biking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Beautiful trail. Unfortunately you can only climb it on a mountain bike. There is a mix of double track and gravel on the other side of the creek you can legally descend.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Great hike started at the waterfalls and keeper going beautiful scenery

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

There were a couple inches of wet snow for the last mile but otherwise it was a beautiful day out. We had no problems making it up to the lake from the six mile point

Thursday, July 02, 2015

So this trail is tricky to locate and cell phone service was spotty, so be sure to know your route before you go. Once we got there it was pretty straight forward. The trail is easy to find and clearly marked along the way. It was apparent when we got to the first group of slides. I would highly recommend bringing water to drink and some sort of inter-tube to float on because it makes the slides that much more fun.

mountain biking
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Nice trail for mtn. biking. The trail on the north side of Paulina creek is for uphill biking only. Coming down on the south side of the creek you can follow a ski trail, take the paved highway or come down the powerline road, which is a fast dirt road. One reviewer said the trail forbids mtn. bikes. She may have mistaken the sign. It means no downhill biking on the trail. You can shorten it by 2 miles if you drive to McKay Crossing campground to start. Moderate uphill with a few short, steep parts until you get about 3 miles from the lake, then it flattens out a lot.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

This is my new favorite hike! Incredible waterfalls and the trail is alongside Paulina Creek with its many swimming holes and natural slides into the water. The path is foot-friendly, no rocks, with soft dirt that is easy to move through. Start at the McKay Campground and head upstream (note Paulina Lake is 7 miles from the campground). The best falls are within the first 3.5 miles according to my guidebook, and since I only went in 3.5, I can attest to that much.

The trail does not allow mountain biking or other wheeled vehicles yet we saw evidence of mountain bikes, but did not have a run in with any.

There was a nice array of wild flowers in July and an abundance of wild pink roses along the banks. There is an old burn from 1988 so you will see a lot of downed trees and scorched bark, but the new growth is healthy and there were enough surviving big trees to make it beautiful.

I did not see any sketchy type people here like another reviewer. There were campers and lots of families with kids all having a great time sliding down the rock slides and cannon-balling from the rocks to pristine pools. I want to just go do this trail again tomorrow!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

I only did a couple of sections of this trail but enjoyed it. There are some sketchy types that seem to camp along this trail so I would not hike it alone.

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