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Paulina Peak

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Enjoy a stunning 6-mile hike that rewards you with killer views.


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5.7

Miles

9.2

KM

Out and Back

7,948' 2,423 m

High

6,347' 1,935 m

Low

1,601' 488 m

Up

1,600' 488 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · Views · Wildlife

Overview

This is a moderate difficulty hike that gives a great view of the entire Newberry National Volcanic Monument from the top of Paulina Peak. Along the way, expect steep, steady grades and a pleasant forested landscape.

Need to Know

Drinking water can be found at the start in the parking lot, while bathrooms can be found at both the summit and the visitor center.

Description

While it is possible to drive to the top of Paulina Peak, you'll feel a much greater sense of accomplishment reaching the stunning summit views on your own two feet!

Starting at the visitor center, follow the Crater Rim Trail #3957 south across the road to begin the steady climb to the summit. While the grades are gentle at first, soon the trail gains a ridgeline and begins to climb in earnest.

After grunting your way through a few steep switchbacks, the trail eventually begins to get easier as the grades diminish, and you reach the junction with the Paulina Peak Trail. Follow the Paulina Peak Trail for a short distance to the summit parking area and the revered viewpoint!

From the top, you are able to see both lakes and all the area's lava flows, as well as some stunning lava cliffs.

Flora & Fauna

You'll be mostly seeing pine trees and scattered brush for the whole trip.

Contacts

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Casey Tucker

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Mt Bachelor in background (Mili fire of 2017 providing smoke).
Sep 5, 2017 near La Pine, OR
Starting to see east lake!
Sep 5, 2017 near La Pine, OR
Good view of the lake.
Sep 5, 2017 near La Pine, OR
Stunning rocks...
Sep 5, 2017 near La Pine, OR
Paulina Lake.
Sep 5, 2017 near La Pine, OR
Paulina Lake, East Lake and Big Obsidian Flow
Mar 19, 2019 near La Pine, OR

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Aug 17, 2019
Traci Metcalf
Amazing hike with stunning views. took About 3 hours to hike from the road to the top of the peak. Bring hiking sticks, very steep for a long time. — 3h 00m
Aug 2, 2018
Rich Mirabella