I was already heading north to Bend, and it was not quite sunset, so I took a nice side-trip to Newberry Crater and Paulina Peak. Nice views at the top. It was really interesting to see the massive lake-filled caldera remnant, below. Make certain to scurry ~14' up the nearby rock outcrop to the true highpoint.
The Paulina Peak Road is the one deterrant for this peak. The road was in good condition... except for the nearly four miles of almost constant washboard effect. It was shaking my car like crazy; my car felt like a human popcorn maker.
This was the sixth of seven Top 100 Oregon peaks I summited during a 3-1/2 day timeframe.
Took the kids up on a hot sunny day and encountered the biggest hail I've ever seen. Awesome.
I think I could see every major Oregon volcano
For the longest time this was Michael's highest summit and my first drive up peak.
After heading up to the summit of South Sister in the morning we drove up to the summit of Paulina Peak. Amazing view of the lakes and crater.
I was working down here in Oregon, so when I got off early I drove up Paulina. I would have hiked it if I had the time.
Alway enjoy seeing volcanic features, this was a very nice park to visit while in the area.
Hiked up from Hot Springs campground (6400') to peak from crater rim via Lost Lake and Obsidian Flow trails. Beautiful weather, nice views.
My family wanted to visit Oregon and we just happened upon this gem on our drive south. It was a hard fifteen step climb to the top with a most stupendous view of the inside of a cloud.
I did not feel successful, but at 7,985 feet, I guess it was a summit.
Drove up. Great views and beautiful area.
Found a spot to park about 3/4 of a mile short of the summit and rode the rest of the way up. Great views of the caldera and lakes. Don't expect solitude on a nice sunny late summer day. Probably 50+ people on top. Still a nice end to a great 4 day trip.
Great area when it's not too hot.
Date is a bit of a guess. I was staying at the Paulina Lodge, while working on a scientific drilling project. Wife and I walked to the top.
I cheated, but the parents were in town. A great view of the lava flows, lakes and across the valley to the Sisters. A very unique place.
I had originally planned a climb of broken top mountain but the three sisters were closed due to forest fires. I had never visited newberry crater. It was time to give the park it"s due. I had driven most of the morning and Paulina peak does have a road to the summit. I parked at the trailhead for the peak down on the main park road and hiked the approximatly three miles to the summit. A good aerobic workout with summits to scramble to on the north side of the peak. I proceeded over to where people drive there cars and mingled with other tourists. I found that thr restrooms on top of Paulina peak are the highest public restrooms in Oregon. The views of the caldera and cascades to the west are awesome. I really enjoyed my visit.
Why hike when you can drive. Best way to get my wife to see the views. Besides, there are plenty of other peaks around to inflict suffering upon myself. Beautiful views of Paulina Lake and East Lake as well as the Big Obsidian Flow.
I visited this peak with my 8-year old daughter Jackie. We found the benchmark on the peak and got some good photos. Others in our group didn't make the effort to come up from the parking lot. We got a good view of East Lake and the obsidian flow that we had explored earlier on foot. Newberry Crater is a National Monument worth visiting.
Another great hike with Cornvallis, see post below. Really awesome views. We made our way to the peak east of the true summit for some time away from the crowds, then hiked over, found all the people and tagged the summit.
This was a fun, easy hike. The views were great, lots of photo ops. I went with a bunch of friends who were ill-prepared and suffered on the short trip. A few turned back, grabbed the cars and drove to the top.
This peak would have meant more if there wasn't a parking lot at the top.