|Page Type:||Trip Report|
|Lat/Lon:||43.68900°N / 121.2553°W|
|Date Climbed/Hiked:||Sep 2, 2019|
The 7984 ft Paulina Peak is the highest point of Newberry National Volcanic Monument near the city of Bend, Oregon. A trail and a road go to the summit of Paulina Peak where you can have great views of Paulina Lakes and other nearby mountains.
Paulina Creek Falls (80 ft tall) sits to the west of Paulina Lake. A hike to the summit of Paulina Peak can be started at Paulina Creek Falls.
Elevation at Paulina Creek Falls View Point (start of hike): 6260 ft
Elevation at summit of Paulina Peak: 7984 ft
Roundtrip Hiking Distance: 7.25 miles
Kris and I started our hike at Paulina Creek Falls View Point parking area at 7:00 a.m.
Hiked the trail along Paulina Creek a quarter of a mile or so east to near Paulina Lake.
There were no signs for the trail to Paulina Peak but I had entered the correct path into my GPS. Crossed the road and found the trail. The trail went into a pine forest and went up in elevation very little. After crossing the dirt road that went to the summit, the trail began to climb steeply. A view of Paulina Lake.
Reached the parking lot on the summit at 9:00. At first, no one was on the summit but then what looked like a family of 4 drove there. We went to the top of a rocky area that formed the true summit of Paulina Peak. Views from the summit:
Left at 9:20 going back down. Looking east into the glare of the morning sun at Big Obsidian Flow.
Another look back at the summit.
Were back to the car by 11:00 a.m. Many people were in the parking area.