Paulina Lake Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 1,593' 486 m
Descent: -1,592' -485 m
High: 6,344' 1,934 m
Low: 4,775' 1,455 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“A run along Paulina Creek with close-up views of many waterfalls.”— Jonathan P
The best (most scenic) part of the run is between miles two and three. Near mile two is a water slide area. Many runners will choose to turn around at the junction a little before mile three where there is a bridge over the creek. The remaining three miles are less interesting but culminate at the impressive 80 foot Paulina Falls.
The good: The creek is endlessly entertaining; the trail is well-maintained and the incline is continuous but gradual; the area seems to be mosquito-free (at least by early summer).
The less good: The trail goes through sparse forest (especially in an area that burned several years ago), making it hot and dusty; there are no long distance views of the surrounding mountains.
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Land Manager: USFS - Deschutes National Forest Office
Mar 29, 2020: Sno-parks will not be plowed