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hiking
2 days 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.

Nice, friendly trail. No bugs today.

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

hiking
8 days ago

Nice, easy hike (and that’s coming from someone in not the greatest shape). We went the middle of September, and it was just a delight! Definitely recommend it for an off the regular path kind of hike!

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.

Such a unique trail! Be sure to wear hiking boots!

hiking
15 days ago

Short hike to the lookout and down to the bottom. The falls were covered in green algae.

hiking
16 days ago

fun, easy trail with great views of the falls

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.

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

moderate hike, lots of tracks around the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

I did this trek with my 11 year old dog who can no longer go on long trips or hikes with much incline. It was beautiful, flat, a little dusty, and the only people we saw were fly fishing. We also spooked a huge buck down by the river and got to see him bound through the woods.

walking
1 month ago

Easy 1 mile loop with my 4 and 7 year old boys. The scenery was otherworldly and kept my kids entranced. Only part of the trail is considered handicap accessible, but for parents with really little ones: all of it is doable with a good jogging stroller (though a double stroller would be tight).

hiking
1 month ago

I came into Horse Lake from the west on the Horse Creek Trail (3514) out of McKenzie Bridge - about a 13 mile hike (one way). After an initial 3 mile, 1,500 ft climb along Roney Creek, the trail is fairly level and is a pretty "green tunnel" kind of hike thru the forest. The trail gets little use so it could also use some maintenance before it disappears. There is also no water after mile 5 so fill up at the Separation Creek intersection. The skeeters were pretty bad - especially at the lake - to the point you are confined to your tent. You should definitely wait until late August or Sept to tackle this one. From Horse Lake, I did the loop down to Elk Lake - it kind fun to have a big fat juicy burger right in the middle of a backpacking trip!

This is not the correct “trail” to tell people to go on. It is a sandy/dirt road, lined with telephone poles. We were the only people on it, on what would be a typical busy Saturday. They need to update his app information to have people go on the actual hiking trail. Yes, this will eventually will lead you to the falls, which is breathtaking, but this was not scenic at all, you just pass by mounds of dead brush and trees waiting to get burned. I would look up the Peter Skene Ogden trail instead

Very nice hike. The trail can be accessed from either the Paulina Lodge or the paved parking lot right off the road. It is clearly marked. The views from the south side of the creek are most striking and the short trail to the bottom of the falls is good for all ages. Very easy access to stone lookout points on the south side. Not sure how there could be confusion about the easment under the power lines being the trail. The longer trail described above is actually on the north side of the creek (opposite the road and parking lot). It is easily accessed from lodge/boat launch parking area. Trail begins parallel to the creek and there is a stone lookout platform on the north side of the creek as well. Beyond that is a very nice trail which meanders through the piney woods and often offers glimpses of the creek. High desert wildflowers and birds are also part of the nice walk. We saw osprey and their nest. Overall, a very nice hike.
It was pleasant even in late July.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

Firstly, this map is not accurate. The hike has you ending at a campground, on the other side of the road from the lake. The hot springs are right along the lake side. You can park .1 mike from the hot springs at Hot Springs Boat Ramp. Secondly, the walk along the trail from the other boat ramp/campground was silly. If you want the walk then walk along the lake shore.

hiking
2 months ago

Both North and South Twin Lakes have paths around them. Elevation change is mild, making this a fairly easy trail. There is a resort with rustic cabins, a store, supplies and a restaurant. Activities at the lakes include hiking, boat rentals, swimming and fishing. I have been to the lakes many times, but maybe this was the first time I walked around both lakes in one hike. The distance is very manageable, and the scenery is varied and beautiful. The trail connecting the two lakes is more like a dirt road and isn't marked well, so watch your gps.

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of mosquitoes out today and we missed the trail we meant to take so ended up on the 8.6 mile hike. Beautiful forest with some lovely wildflowers and a swim in the lake was nice but - when you are expecting a 4 mile hike and end up with an 8.6 mile fight with mosquitoes - it can be disappointing.. Probably won’t do it again anytime soon.

My hike for the day was just the short McGregor Loop. I have done all the other loops in La Pine State Park as well. Falls River Loop the most interesting, with Deschutes Loop a close second. That makes this route covering both a nice hike indeed.

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

This is one of the most accessible waterfalls in Central Oregon. Another similarly easy to visit falls is Salt Creek Falls off highway 58. Paulina has the benefit of being a double falls. I hiked down to the lower viewpoint and also walked the path up to Paulina Lake just to give my hike a bit more length.

backpacking
2 months ago

It was a fantastic trip do you only thing I would recommend taking this trip in July is lots of mosquito repellent

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
2 months ago

Made a quick visit to Big Obsidian Flow. It's set up for tourists as one of several volcanic attractions in the Newberry Caldera between Bend and La Pine. Since I've seen it many times before, I quickly walked through, passing up a number of people along the way. Worth the visit if you haven't seen it. It's illegal to take rocks with you, no matter how tempting the beautiful obsidian is. It's a short loop that most people can handle, and the illustrated signs are fascinating. They should really consider renaming it to Big Obsidian PhLo.

walking
2 months ago

Obsidian! Easy trek with beautiful views. My second trip up.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy hike. Super super buggy.

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.

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