Hike to Cinder Hill in Newberry Crater National Volcanic Monument

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bend Premier Real Estate 200009031

Newberry Crater Is Hikeable Now

While waiting for the snow to melt from the higher elevations of the Cascade Mountains, people looking for a Central Oregon hike with mountain views can consider Newberry Crater National Monument. Besides the well-known Paulina FallsObsidian Trail, the hike to Paulina Peak, and the various treks around both Paulina and East Lake, there is the relatively little known hike starting at the Cinder Hill campground at the end of the road by East Lake up to the Crater Rim and then to the Cinder Hill viewpoint. Although not the longest hike, there is close to 1000 feet elevation gain over two miles and then the relatively easy 3/4 mile hike along the Crater Rim trail to the view point. The hike from the campground to the rim is not difficult due to multiple switch backs and a gradual incline. The trail is well maintained and at the rim hikers may have to compete with people on mountain bikes to reach the view point.

On June 15, 2024, the weather was cool with the temperature in the thirties at 9 am. The hike to the rim had some light snow as well as older snow patches left over from winter to traverse. At the view point, although very beautiful with views of East Lake, Paulina Peak and Paulina Lake, the wind was blowing and the wind chill was well below freezing. Hikers didn't last long admiring the setting. 

Cinder Hill Cinder Hill
Cinder Hill Cinder Hill

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

Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


You certainly have some wonderful places to hike with great views. Your posts about places to hike are always full of useful information and beautiful photos for those who enjoy hiking.

Enjoy your weekend!


Jun 21, 2024 10:24 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Lynnea... what an amazing view! Just had one hip replaced and waiting for the second replacement this summer... hiking is not in my future so I'll just have to live vicariously through your hikes.

Jun 21, 2024 11:45 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Oh wow, Nina Hollander, Broker .  I hope the healing goes well and you are up and about soon.  I have a friend who got a hip replacement while she was in her 50s, but it was a huge success and her quality of life was so improved.

Jun 21, 2024 11:51 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Lynnea Miller thanks, Lynnea. I'm doing quite well. Was off of all pain meds in 48 hours... ditched the walker in 48 hours... and ditched the cane in about a week. But it will be a while before I'm totally back to normal.

Jun 21, 2024 12:19 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

At mid June and caution needs to be exerted to avoid falling in the snow

Jun 21, 2024 01:19 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 . Yes.  We had a good winter with a deep snowpack. And last weekend was cold!  But in contrast, it is in the high 80s today and tomorrow we will be pushing 90.  This should help melt that snow!

Jun 21, 2024 01:26 PM