Groomed trail
Elevation Gain
670.00 ft (204.22 m)
6.80 mi (10.94 km)
Warming hut
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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.

Logistics + Planning



Parking Pass

Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)


Numerous Waterfalls. Overnight lodging. Blue sky days.


Popular area for snowmobiles.

Trailhead Elevation

5,600.00 ft (1,706.88 m)


Big vistas
Warming hut

Trail type


Typically multi-day




You will need 4 wheel drive with high clearance. A subaru (in almost new condition) is not enough. Bring tools for when you get stuck in the snow. Be prepared for a long wait in cold, winter conditions in case you do get stuck.
Had a great time cross-country skiing to Paulina Lake this winter!
We skied this last month. Tried to make the return trip on the less used north side trail, but we didn't see any trail markers. After a mile or so, the track petered out and we ended up turning around. Not sure if we missed the trail markers.
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