With visions of kaleidoscopic colors and other-worldly-esque textures still on my mind from my jaunt around Paulina Lake two weeks ago (Hike#9), I wanted to go back and explore more of the dozens of miles of trails found in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
With a hiking partner in tow, we decided on hitting a section of the Peter Skene Ogden National Scenic Trail. Named after one of the great explorers of the West (who also has Ogden, Utah named in his honor), the trail runs nine miles along the northern side of Paulina Creek, from Ogden Group Camp Trailhead to the shores of Paulina Lake.
There are a few options for shorter hikes if you don’t have time to do the entire 18-mile (round trip) hike. The trail runs on the north side of Paulina Creek with only a couple of spots to cross without getting your feet wet. We headed up Highway 21 – the main access road to Newberry Crater – and parked at the 10-Mile Snow Park lot. From there, we hiked about a mile to one of two footbridges that cross the creek and join the Ogden Trail.
After crossing the footbridge, you’ll meet up with the Ogden Trail. But before trekking east the 3+ miles up to Paulina Lake, take a short detour down stream to check out the waterfalls. You should hear them from the footbridge.
The Ogden Trail hugs Paulina Creek as close as possible, but sometimes skirts away when the creek shoots down narrow parts of the canyon. I found myself drawn back to views of the creek even when the trail did not. I spotted some great secluded watering holes that I plan on immersing myself in next year when the weather is warmer.
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- Paulina Creek Falls – Waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest
- Peter Skene Ogden National Scenic Trail
- Wikipedia: Peter Skene Ogden
- Date of hike: October 2, 2012
- Location: 15 miles east of La Pine, Oregon
- Length: 8.8 miles
This map was made with the data my GPS captured on the hike.
For a more detailed trip report map, check this out.