Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail

Central Oregon, Oregon

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Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail

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  • Ten Mile Sno-Park warming hut.- Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
  • Ten Mile Sno-Park warming hut.- Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
  • Linda Gillard on the trail.- Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
  • - Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
  • - Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
  • View looking northwest from the Paulina Falls southern viewpoint.- Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
  • Paulina Falls.- Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
  • Paulina Falls.- Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
  • Paulina Peak (7,989') from Paulina Lake Resort, looking over Paulina Lake.- Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
  • View looking east over Paulina Lake.- Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
  • The docks at Paulina Lake Resort.- Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
  • Contributor Tyson Gillard and his mom, Linda Gillard.- Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
  • - Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
  • Paulina Falls from the trail's northern viewpoint.- Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
  • Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa).- Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
  • View over the Paulina Creek gorge with a giant ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa).- Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
  • View over the creek gorge.- Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
  • Paulina Creek.- Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
  • Paulina Creek.- Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
  • Paulina Creek.- Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
  • Paulina Creek.- Paulina Creek + Falls Loop Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Numerous Waterfalls. Overnight lodging. Blue sky days.
Cons: 
Popular area for snowmobiles.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Sno-Park Parking Permit
Total Distance: 
6.80 mi (10.94 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
5,600 ft (1,707 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
670 ft (204 m)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trail condition: 
Backcountry
Trail Uses: 
Snowshoeing
X-Country Skiing
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Light rain in the morning and afternoon.
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Partly cloudy in the morning.
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Partly cloudy overnight.
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Thu

Clear throughout the day.
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Fri

Clear throughout the day.
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Newberry National Volcanic Monument is truly one of the undiscovered gems of Oregon, particularly in winter. To access this winter wonderland you’ll have to ski, snowshoe or snowmobile in because the road leading up to the caldera is only maintained as far as Ten Mile Sno-Park. For those who like to avoid the noise and smell of two-stroke engines, use the designated ski and snowshoe trail that winds through lodgepole and ponderosa pines to the beautiful, icy cascades of Paulina Falls and tranquil Paulina Lake.

To make this snowshoe or ski adventure truly spectacular, make a loop of the trail by returning on the other side of Paulina Creek.  Once you’ve reached the Falls, head toward Paulina Lake Resort and turn left (back downhill) after the bridge. This trail on the north side of the creek is rarely used in the winter, and it provides a far more intimate experience with the creek and all of its cascades.

Additionally, consider making this an overnight adventure. You can either pack-in to Paulina Lake Resort or ski an additional three miles to the other side of the lake for a completely secluded experience snow camping next to Paulina Lake Hot Springs.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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