ElevationAscent: 1,601' 488 m
Descent: -1,600' -488 m
High: 7,948' 2,423 m
Low: 6,347' 1,935 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
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“Enjoy a stunning 6-mile hike that rewards you with killer views.”— Casey Tucker
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.
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Land Manager: USFS - Deschutes National Forest Office
Aug 1, 2019: Forest Road 370 Now Open for the Season