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The singletrack is great, but the views are even better.

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7,584' 2,312 m


6,343' 1,933 m


2,381' 726 m


2,381' 726 m



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The road is closed much of the year. Check conditions before attempting. July to September is probably your best bet.


This is a fun loop trail with some wonderful views. The terrain varies between loose dirt/pumice and firm fast singletrack. It's presented here as a loop requiring just 1 vehicle, but a shuttle is pretty easy if you want to skip the 3 mile gravel road climb. Counter-clockwise is the preferred route.

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This is really closer to La Pine then Bend. Make the extra trip up to Paulina Peak before hitting the singletrack for a great view. This can easily be shuttled by parking one car at the lake and another up near Paulina Peak.

The final descent used to be a lot more technical, but trail work has smoothed it out. Bummer. Check out the obsidian flow which has a short hike through it.

There are some hot springs at East Lake for a little post ride soak. You can also find a couple natural slides in Paulina Creek on your way back down. There are guided 1/2 day trips that take you to them or you can do some research and find them yourself.


As displayed this ride starts at the day use parking next to Paulina Lake campground, across from the forest service building. The first 3 miles is up a gravel forest road for a great warmup. Most cars are considerate, but keep your eyes open.

The trail has a small sign and starts on the right side of the road. Pay attention because it's easy to pass. You can continue another mile or so up to the Paulina Peak viewpoint for a photo opportunity. The beginning of the singletrack is a bit steep and typically pretty loose with some exposure on the right. You'll drop in to the forest as you wind around the back side of the crater.

At about 4.4 miles, stop for a photo op at the viewpoint. You'll drop back to the backside of the crater from here and undulate down through a lot of loose pumice to a crossing with Newberry Crater Road. This is a great place to join back up with your group!

From here to about mile 13.1, you'll slowly climb back up. Trails are a bit more firm from here out with the occasional loose pumice rock. At 13.1 you'll get another fantastic view after a short steep climb. The trail keeps climbing to the high point of the ride at about 15.8 miles. From here, the remainder will fly by as you descend down to the car over the final 3.5 miles. This can get very loose later in the year as it's used by horses. Otherwise it's not a very technical downhill and can be very fast.


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Chad Hartley

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Viewpoint overlooking East Lake
May 21, 2013 near Three R…, OR
Pumice singletrack
Aug 22, 2020 near La Pine, OR
Watch out for the tree butts
Aug 13, 2013 near Three R…, OR
You can really rip through this part of the trail
Aug 13, 2013 near La Pine, OR
Great flowing section in the loose pumice...really fun!
Aug 13, 2013 near La Pine, OR
Smooth central Oregon goodness
Aug 13, 2013 near Three R…, OR


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Aug 6, 2023
Surly Wednesday
Rode up from Parking Lot by lake to the Paulina Summit. Then back down 1 mile to the rim trail. Trail is in pretty good condition overall. 22mi — 4h 15m
Sep 17, 2022
John Myrtle
Fantastic singletrack, awesome views....a some frozen hail near top but manageable....downhill fast and easy... all rideable climbs 20.4mi — 4h 17m
Aug 23, 2020
Aidan Leonard
not technical with rock gardens, but plenty of root drops. very sandy sections. ending downhill is a blast filled with 6-18 inch drops
Aug 22, 2020
Dan Crates
Beautiful ride, the up on the gravel road is very bumpy. Singletrack flows nicely, pumice is like slushy snow- can get you if you're not on the ball. 18mi — 2h 16m
Jul 30, 2020
Pizza Sloth
Jun 14, 2020
Ang Schmidt
Rode the loop counter clockwise...about a mile of hike a bile snow around mile 15.
Aug 11, 2019
Calen Haire
Jul 12, 2019
Rachel Higgins

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