Explore the most popular waterfall trails near La Pine with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

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

Fun trail with great views of the lake. Definitely recommend starting early and wearing solid hiking shoes as some of the terrain can get a bit sketchy. Otherwise very easy for pros, maybe a little challenging for novices. Took about 3 hours.

While not much elevation gain/loss, there is varied terrain throughout this hike. Dirt, rock, gravel, sand; need to watch your footing as it's easy to trip. The views around the lake are gorgeous. I recommend starting your hike about 10 - 11 am, hike to the hot springs on the edge of the lake (about halfway around and marked), each lunch and relax, then finish.

I've hiked quite a few trails around Central Oregon and really enjoyed this one. Would do again.

The lake was pretty, but it was congested with campers. The views of the lake were the same the whole trail.

Cool hike but the view was the same throughout it.

great hike! Hiked at night with headlamps with a few other friends. if you know the trail well enough, you can find the natural hot springs! very cool.

1 month ago

If you're looking for a nice waterfall that's easy to get to, this is it. There is no real hiking involved. It's just a little stroll up to the overview. I even believe it's paved so you could bring a stroller or a wheel chair. There is a lower trail that is not paved and has some switch backs - it leads to a view from below the falls which is not too spectacular. It is a nice place to get out and stretch your legs after the drive into the park.

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.

Easy loop trail around the lake. Views are spectacular. Water on the far side of the lake is emerald green. Could sit and look at Paulina peak for a long time. Weather cooperated in a beautiful 65 degree cloudless way. Saw a soaring bald eagle and several osprey.

Not much of a hike but definitely a beautiful waterfall.

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.

2 months ago

really muddy in April! make sure you check to see if the road is open again as we had to hike an extra 5 miles to get to this really!

3 months ago

Beautiful hike with mild very gradual elevation gain and stunning waterfall at the end! There is a snowmobile trail that also leads to the falls, so be sure you find the trail through the woods off to the side of the snowmobile trail so you can enjoy the beautiful forest. The snowshoeing or cross country skiing trail is a little hard to find from the very start, but is easily visible from the cabin just a few feet up the snowmobile trail. The forest trail is also well marked with blue diamonds on the trail throughout the entirety. Highly recommend also checking out the lower falls viewpoint only 1/4 mile down in addition to upper level lookout. Of note, you need a Sno Park pass to park for this hike which we didn’t find listed anywhere else!

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


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

10 months ago

This trail sucks. In the directions description it says to take the Peter Skeen Ogden trail but the map takes you to a snowmobile trail that is 2.5 miles of dust and boring. The waterfall at the end was breathtaking though.

10 months ago

Parked near the camp grounds and walked the little crater trail then on to the "hot springs". Nice view of the large obsidian flow south of the lake from the little crater trail. Continued on along the lake trail to the "hot springs" past a cool pumice and obsidian flow. A couple of wet marshy areas along the way had some bugs but not too bad. The "hot springs" were really one or two holes dug into the grassy shoreline, and not what we were expecting. Great views, beautiful lake, and a very easy trail at least on the east side. Would have done the entire lake lol but the kids were burnt out for our previous days trips.

Great for swimming, fishing and extremely shallow hot springs.

Good hike with varied terrain; water along the way at campground-spotted a snake along the trail.

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.

This is the most beautiful and peaceful lake! While there isn't a lot of elevation gain on the loop, it's still 7.5 miles so wouldn't be easy for everyone. The hot springs are down a marked spur trail a little more than a mile after Little Crater Campground if hiking the loop counter clockwise and they were HOT when we were there. The little bar at the lake resort is a fun post-hike stop!

To Shayla - that means you went to the wrong place.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Nothing but hiking on a dirt road following the power line.

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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.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

There is a section of trail with sharp lava & obsidian flow. Could be hard on a dog's feet! Beautiful hike all the way around...

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Just beautiful! I do agree with the rating, as parts of the trail weren't easy. The views of the lake are stunning. We took our dog and he did a great job! It was a bit challenging on some of the narrow parts of the trail, and we were lucky to have the trail to ourselves

Monday, August 22, 2016

This was an awesome hike! Very beautiful and much variety in terrain. You go through forests, obsidian flow, boulders and a short part through a campground! But I think the rating of "easy" is misleading. Walking through the obsidian flow and over the boulders while on the side of a mountain adds a challenge.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Good loop. Kinda weird walking through a parking lot during the loop though.

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