Paulina Falls Day Use Area


Paulina Creek Falls is located just west of Paulina Lake outside of the Newberry Crater. This double falls drops 60 feet onto a jumble of rocks below.

Trailhead provides access to: Paulina Falls Trail

At a Glance

Fees $5/vehicle/day from May 1 through September 30
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment

General Information

Directions: From Bend, travel 23.5 miles south on Hwy 97, then 12.3 miles east on County Road 21.

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Day Hiking

This short and scenic hike (about 0.4 miles) is a great way to enter the Newberry Crater. Ideally, a car or bus driver will let people off at Paulina Creek Falls then drives to the Paulina Lake Lodge.  People then hike up Paulina Creek to Paulina Lake.  At Paulina Creek Falls you are outside of the Newberry Crater.  At the outlet of Paulina Lake, you are standing on the lowest point of the rim surrounding Newberry Crater.  Things to notice: 1) Two waterfalls, not one. 2) Big, angular boulders lying at the bottom of the falls.  Where did they come from? 3) Undercut region behind the lower half of the falls.  This area erodes and takes away support for the rocks above it. 4) Dam at the outlet of Paulina Lake. It raises the lake level about 4 feet. (The first dam was built in 1899. Water held by the dam is used for irrigation on the Kelldano Ranch in the La Pine Basin.)

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