Paulina Peak Observation Site


The summit of Paulina Peak with an elevation of 7,984 feet, is the highest point on the Newberry Volcano.  This site offers a grand overview of the Newberry Crater, the south and west flanks of the Newberry Volcano, the Cascades, the Fort Rock Basin, and much of central Oregon.

At a Glance

Fees $5/vehicle/day from May 1 through September 30
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Bend, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Bend, travel 23.5 miles south on Hwy 97, then 12.9 miles east on County Road 21, and then 4.1 miles south on Forest Road 2100 500. Passenger cars and vans can be driven on this steep and dusty road, however, it is quite rough and precipitous in some places.

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Viewing Scenery

On a clear day the view of the Cascades extends from Mt. Adams (in Washington) to Mt. Shasta (in California). Things to notice from the summit include: 1) Three Sisters and Cascade Range, 2) South and west flank of the Newberry Volcano, 3) Large number of cinder cones (bumps) on flank of the Newberry Volcano, 4) Oregon's High Desert to the southeast, 5) Rim of the Newberry Crater, 6) Main road (County Road 21) through the Newberry Crater, 7) Paulina Lake, 8) East Lake, 9) Big Obsidian Flow, 11) Central Pumice Cone, 12) The 360-degree view of Central Oregon and the Newberry Crater.

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