Take the Road Rather than the Trail to the Top of Paulina Peak

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The Paulina Peak Road Has Snow But It Is Melting Fast

Reports about the trail to the top of Paulina Peak in Newberry Crater National Monument on June 1, 2024 stated that the last mile had a lot of snow. Rather than navigate through this and the abrupt steep drop off the last mile of the trail, hikers could elect to walk the road up to the peak. This road was not yet open for vehicles and had snow patches in the shady areas, but was very much passable by hikers. The last 1/2 mile to the peak on the road had three feet of compacted snow, but with the use of trekking poles, it was easily traversed. The views of the snow capped Cascades and Paulina Lake were splendid from the top as were eastern views toward Fort Rock and the Obsidian Flow. Hiking the road results in 1600 feet of elevation gain to the peak which is just under 8000 feet above sea level, but over a more gradual grade than the trail, making for a longer hike but more easily done. All in all, the total hike by the road is just under 8 miles up and back from the gate off the main road through the monument.

Paulina Peak Paulina Peak
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Original blog can be read at Bend Premier Real Estate's blog page.

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Beautiful photo looking down on the lake.  Sounds like a good healthy day.  m

Jun 06, 2024 07:28 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho .  It was a good day for a hike.  I am really looking forward to this weekend as the weather should be really good and with the snow melting accelerated, I am hoping to get to higher elevations in the Cascades.

Jun 06, 2024 09:58 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So much beauty in your area and I love reading about your hikes and seeing the photos from them!  I don't particularly care for the snow though, that sent a shiver down my spine, haha.

Jun 07, 2024 06:09 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Brian - We had a wet winter which is great for the drought we have been experiencing. However, it has put a damper on our hikes this summer as I don't anticipate being able to get to the high Cascades until July/August.

Jun 07, 2024 09:01 AM