Paulina Lakeshore Trail

Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Oregon

Elevation Gain994ft
Trailhead Elevation6,346ft
Elevation Min/Max6337/6508ft
Elevation Start/End6346/6346ft

Paulina Lakeshore Trail

Paulina Lakeshore Trail is a hiking trail in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is within Newberry National Volcanic Monument. It is 5.8 miles long and begins at 6,346 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 994 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The Paulina Lake Lodge hotel, the Newberry Group Campground and Paulina Lake Campground camp sites, and the Paulina Lake Restaurant can be seen along the trail. There are also piers, a parking, and wetlands along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Crater Rim Trail 3957 and Peter Skene Ogden Trail.

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Chris Van Tilburg
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"Paulina Peak is a massive shield volcano with a center crater, named after the Snake Indian chief who opposed settlers in this land."
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press)
Lucas Alberg
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"Newberry National Volcanic Monument is a massive 500-square-mile volcano that features stunning scenery, beautiful alpine lakes, miles of basalt flows, and incredible rhyolite flows of obsidian. Designated a national monument in 1990, the area is a popular location for campers and recreationalists throughout the year and is about 45 minutes south of Bend. The clear blue waters of picturesque Paulina Lake are the destination for this run. Sitting at an elevation of 6,340 feet on the western half of the 17-square-mile caldera, the lake is a must-see for the uninitiated and a quick favorite of those returning. The Paulina Lake Loop Trail circles the lake, hugging the shores in many areas while weaving in and out of ponderosa pines, open views, and rocky outcroppings."
"Hot springs seeping into the gravel beaches of two lakes located in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Bathers dig down into the gravel to create soaking pools that fill with a mixture of hot springs water and colder lake water."
100 Classic Hikes in Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Douglas Lorain
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"Long before Mount Mazama committed suicide by blowing a hole in its head and filling the top with water, another prehistoric Oregon volcano met a similar fate. Newberry Volcano was (and still is) a massive shield volcano that scientists believe once looked similar to the Crater Lake model. Over the millennia, however, the mountain’s 17-square-mile caldera has filled with lava and obsidian flows, pyroclastic material, and sedimentary rock, so today the caldera walls range from as high as 1600 feet at Paulina Peak to as low as 10 feet near the outflow of Paulina Creek. And although nothing can compare to the scenic beauty of Crater Lake (see Hikes 67 and 68), Newberry National Volcanic Monument boasts plenty of attractions of its own, including two stunning lakes, open forests, and high viewpoints of the Cascade Range to the west. Newberry Crater also has a more varied and interesting volcanic history: massive flows of obsidian, about 400 nearby cinder cones, and numerous lava caves."
"The loop hike around Paulina Lake is located in the 50,000-acre Newberry National Volcanic Monument, a national preserve that was established in 1990. At the heart of this national monument is the 500-square-mile Newberry Caldera crater, which houses Paulina and East Lakes. Paulina Lake (250 feet deep) and East Lake (180 feet deep) were a single very large lake until lava flows split them apart approximately 6,200 years ago. Today these two lakes are designated as a wildlife refuge supporting bald eagles, ducks, geese, ospreys, and tundra swans. Mammals roaming the shores and surrounding peaks and valleys include badgers, black bears, deer, elk, and pine martens. These lakes are also popular with anglers, and you’ll most likely see them fishing for rainbow trout, brown trout, and blackwater trout. The blackwater trout were introduced to the lake to help control the populations of tui chub fish that have reproduced rapidly in Paulina and East Lakes and threaten the quality of the trout catch in both lakes."
Best Easy Day Hikes: Bend and Central Oregon - 3rd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Lizann Dunegan
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"This scenic hike follows the Paulina lakeshore in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. At first glance, Central Oregon may be characterized by its wide- open spaces, sagebrush- and juniper-scattered plateaus, rounded buttes, forested ridges, and snowcapped mountains. But not far off the main highways are some of the most unique and dramatic features in the world—the dramatic remains of volcanic activity that, geologically speaking, occurred fairly recently. Paulina Lake (250 feet deep) and East Lake (180 feet deep) were a single, very large lake until lava flows split them apart approximately 6,200 years ago. Today these two lakes are designated as a wildlife refuge."
Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Brittany Manwill
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"Newberry is a 500-square-mile ancient volcano, but its highlight is the actual caldera and the two alpine lakes, Paulina Lake and East Lake, that reside within it—true beauty from the ashes."
Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest (Falcon Guides)
Evie Litton
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"Includes: Paulina Peak, and Other Trips in the Newberry Area. A day hike to some "now-you-see-'em, now you don't" hot springs on a lake inside a volcanic crater. Carry a swimsuit and shovel. The springs at Paulina are a tad out of the ordinary. Elusive even after you’ve found them, they lurk not under water but under gravel. You can walk down the beach, turn, and literally watch your footsteps fill with hot water! The challenge is twofold—trying to coax the good stuff out of hiding (that’s where the shovel comes in), and then once you’ve got it, trying to hang onto it long enough for a soak. The springs range from 96 to 113 degrees F, so if you stumble onto a live one, a bucket might be in order. (Actually, a sturdy bucket can double for both digging a pool and tossing in lake water.)"
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press)
Lucas Alberg
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"Paulina Falls is a spectacular set of two 80-foot waterfalls that cascade over a vertical drop of basalt rock into a set of boulders below. The falls, and the creek itself, are named after a Northern Paiute Indian chief who was known for his ?erceness in battle and ability to evade enemy capture. Located a short quarter-mile from the outlet of Paulina Lake, and also close to the visitor center, Paulina Falls tends to be a popular spot among tourists and recreationalists throughout the summer. The good news, however, is that this is really the only crowded spot on the stream that, as a whole, is exceptionally scenic."

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We camped at East Lakes, Cinder Hill campground. Very nice campsites with great views to the lake. Our family had a great time swimming, kayaking, and touring around. The toilets could have been maintained better. Use some air fresheners. The smell was pretty overwhelming one day. We found the hot springs at East Lake. It is located on the south shore of East Lake. If you pull into the Hot Springs boat ramp and walk along the beach, it is about a 1/3 mile walk. Look for an outcrop of rocks. The hot springs are just past this. Bring a shovel and bucket, because the water is very hot. Someone had already dug out the area and built a small sitting area with rocks and logs. We soaked and cooled ourselves off in the lake. I have been told that there can be a lot of algae around this spot. We didn't find this to be the case that day. It was blue sky with a great view of the lake and surroundings. We soaked and watched the birds soar above us. It was a perfect day and would do it again.
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Easy trail around a nice lake, the hot springs are a dissapointment. If going to Paulina, the peak at 7400 is a great view and much better pay off than the hot springs.

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Trail Information

Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Nearby City
Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Swimming, Camping
Additional Use
Hot Springs
Deschutes National Forest, Crescent Ranger District
Local Contacts
USFS Deschutes National Forest, Newberry National Volcanic Monument
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