Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

hiking
11 days 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.

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.

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.

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
1 month 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.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Stopped in with kiddos over the weekend for a quick walk. Saw cougar track and scat in the middle of the trail! Back to the car we went!

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

BEAUTIFUL

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

snowshoeing
9 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
9 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
10 months ago

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

hiking
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.

hiking
10 months ago

Crappy trail. Lots of dead and down blocking the trail towards the end, we couldn't even get to one of the signs. A trail has been blazed around the tree, but there was human feces in the middle of the trail. Lots of mosquitos. For an "interpretive trail", there really wasn't much to be learned. We learned more from the nearby gravesite sign than this trail. Disappointed.

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!

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.

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.

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