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These twin falls, each roughly 60-feet tall, are a dramatic drainage for Paulina Lake and the entire Newberry Volcano caldera.  Large boulders scattered at the base of the falls hint at the receding bluff above and the erosive forces of water and ice.

With only a several hundred yard walk from the parking lot on the west side of the caldera, the falls are easily accessed by almost everyone, making it an ideal place for a family to visit.  From the main overlook, a quarter-mile trail leads further west and down to a lower view point.

If you are looking to make a hike out of the trip, head a one-third of a mile back up to Paulina Lake, cross the bridge over Paulina Creek, and take the Peter Skene Ogden Trail that follows the north side of the creek.  The trail passes numerous smaller falls and cascades for 8.5 miles and leads all the way to the Ogden Group Horse Camp.  To make a loop of the trail, cross back over to the south side of the creek at a footbridge just west of 10-mile Sno-Park, which makes for roughly a 7-mile trek with 1,000 feet of elevation gain.

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Two waterfalls with viewpoints at top and bottom.


Only accessible by vehicle in summer.

Pets allowed






Fantastic, picturesque snowshoe adventure once you're passed the BRAP! BRAP! of snowmobile engines.
The road to the parking lot is closed during the winter. It's about a three mile (one-way) trek from the 10-mile Sno-Park, and well worth the effort to see the frozen waterfalls.
On my first trip to Newberry Volcanic National Monument I was pleasantly surprised to find these falls! I couldn't imagine so much beauty (and water) could be inside a crater!
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