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Paulina Creek Waterfalls Mountain Biking

Peter Skene Ogden National Historic Trail

Central Oregon, Oregon

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Paulina Creek Waterfalls Mountain Biking

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  • Typical scenery from the highway.- Paulina Creek Waterfalls Mountain Biking
  • Beautiful views on the drive up.- Paulina Creek Waterfalls Mountain Biking
  • If you start at the gravel pullout, the first part of the trail is easy riding that parallels the creek.- Paulina Creek Waterfalls Mountain Biking
  • One of the first views of the creek.- Paulina Creek Waterfalls Mountain Biking
  • The first waterfalls before reaching the campground.- Paulina Creek Waterfalls Mountain Biking
  • Lower view of the first waterfall.- Paulina Creek Waterfalls Mountain Biking
  • The first waterfall after the camp. This is also a fun waterslide and swimming hole in the summer.- Paulina Creek Waterfalls Mountain Biking
  • Bringing the bikes down to the falls.- Paulina Creek Waterfalls Mountain Biking
  • Crossing the creek with a smile.- Paulina Creek Waterfalls Mountain Biking
  • Making the crossing along the ride to Paulina Creek Waterfalls.- Paulina Creek Waterfalls Mountain Biking
  • View from the power line road.- Paulina Creek Waterfalls Mountain Biking
  • Another beautiful spot and another waterfall.- Paulina Creek Waterfalls Mountain Biking
  • The last of the falls unless you continue toward Paulina Lake for the largest of the falls.- Paulina Creek Waterfalls Mountain Biking
  • More scenery on the drive back.- Paulina Creek Waterfalls Mountain Biking
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Pros: 
Great views. Multiple waterfalls. Pick your start point. Swimming holes.
Cons: 
All uphill ride to see all of the falls. Crowded near the campground. Rough road. Washboarded on downhill portion.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,200.00 ft (365.76 m)
Parking Pass: 
Sometimes
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Trail difficulty: 
Green
Total Distance: 
11.00 mi (17.70 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,284.00 ft (1,305.76 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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This section of the Peter Skene Ogden Trail showcases some of the larger waterfalls on Paulina Creek, located near La Pine, Oregon. Note that this section of trail (on the north side of Paulina Creek) is for uphill biking only.  

You can start the trip at a Gravel pullout about 2 miles before reaching McKay Crossing Campground. To get to this starting point, turn off of Paulina Lake Road onto Forest Road 2120 and park at the first small gravel pullout on the left. 

If you wish to shorten the trip, an alternative start is at McKay Crossing Campground a couple of miles further down Forest Road 2120.  This portion of the trail contains a moderate uphill section as well as a few short, steeper parts. At about 3 miles from Paulina Lake the trail flattens out.

The ride down is found on the south side of the creek by following a ski trail, taking the paved highway, or by coming down the power line road, which is a fast dirt road with some washboards. The best options for biking down the south side are crossing the creek at one of the falls and walking your bike up to the gravel power line road and riding downhill to your starting point.

To visit all of the waterfalls on the creek, it is best to get an early start and bike all the way to Paulina Creek Falls (the largest of all the waterfalls), then returning via Newberry Crater Road or the gravel power-line road.  This option is about 5 miles of uphill trail from McKay Crossing.

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