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20.6 mile 33.1 kilometer loop


Ascent: 2,381' 726 m
Descent: -2,381' -726 m
High: 7,584' 2,312 m
Low: 6,343' 1,933 m


Avg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)


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Trail shared by Chad Hartley

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

Chad Hartley

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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.

Need to Know

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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Oct 7, 2018
Daniel Kikkert
Sep 24, 2018
Jennifer Prince
Sep 2, 2018
Len Pipes
Aug 31, 2018
David Brennan
Wonderful 20.3mi
Aug 22, 2018
Chris K
Very cool - would have incredible views with good visibility. Fun as well.
Jul 10, 2018
Callie Ackerman
Amazing views of the mountains and the Newberry Crater. Flowy trail with some rock steps and some techy sections. 10mi
Jun 25, 2018
Rich Hatfield
Jun 20, 2018
Karl Topping
Went with mom, Paul & friends thunder storm 1/2 through. 21.1mi

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Anonymous User  
Road this trail last week - great fun! Agreed it is not an epic ride but thanks COTA for keeping the trail clear and maintained. One thing not mentioned here (or elsewhere I could find online) are two other trails that can be used to link things together. Both are shown on the Adventure Maps map. The Newberry Crater Trail #58 goes from about mile 14 of the rim trail as described above - just past the viewpoint photo at mile 13.1 - and drops down along the East side of East Lake. As I was staying at East Lake, I got shuttled to the peak, rode the rim trail to this junction, and then road single track back to my campsite. Really sweet downhill from this turn-off down to the lake! There is another trail - #58.3 on the map called Parallel Trail - that drops down earlier to the same campsite at East Lake, but I did not ride this. Lastly, the map shows The Newberry Crater Trail #58 also parallels the road and goes from Paulina Lake to East Lake. I did not ride this, and wish I had some recon on it. Wonder how it is to ride up from Paulina to East Lake. Because I didn't feel like ending my ride with 5 miles of pavement and didn't know if this trail was any good, I cut the ride short. Aug 11, 2014
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The Parallel Trail is a fairly easy up except for some short lose steeps. Trail 58 from the Big Obsidian Flow TH to the Parallel Trail is mostly an easy ride. There are some steeps with waterbars and the tread could get cratered by horses. Oct 30, 2015
Anonymous User
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Also the Lost Lake Trail makes a fun descent from the rim. Some of the switchbacks would be difficult to climb due to lose rocks. Oct 30, 2015

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