PAULINA LAKE TRAIL

 

PAULINA LAKE TRAIL
                

If you're looking for a relatively easy and pleasant 7.5 mile loop trail with gorgeous views all around, Paulina Lake is the place to head. Here, Paulina Peak stands guard on the south side of the lake.

 

 

 

The forest rangers are serious with their posted sign on how best to avoid bears.

    
PAULINA LAKE TRAIL

 

 

 

 

Wildflowers add color to the blue shades of water and sky.

 

    
PAULINA LAKE TRAIL

 

 

PAULINA LAKE TRAIL
 

Be sure to pack a lunch and plan to stop halfway to enjoy a picnic overlooking the lake.

 

 

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For the most part, the trail stays within sight of the lake.

 

 

 

PAULINA LAKE TRAIL
 

Bees busy themselves in the wildflowers that decorate the water's edge.

 

 

 

 

The trail leaves lakeside at one point to travel up over an obsidian flow ...

 

    
PAULINA LAKE TRAIL

 

 

PAULINA LAKE TRAIL
 

... where there are great views across the lake in all directions.

 

 

PAULINA LAKE TRAIL
 

We were intrigued by the gorgeous aqua colors in certain places along the lake's edge.

 

 

Elevation Gain: 230 feet

Trail distance: 7.5 mile loop

Rated: Easy to moderate

Latitude: 43.72028

Longitude: 121.25472

Directions: From Bend, travel south on Hwy 97. Turn left between milepost 161 and 162 at the Newberry Caldera sign. Travel 11 miles to the toll booth at the park entrance. From here, watch for a parking lot on the left along the shore of the lake.

Fees: $5 at the toll gate, or a Northwest Forest Pass.