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Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Oregon, United States

Paulina Peak att Sunrise - Newberry National Volcanic Monument

You can either drive to the top or hike to the top for a dramatic sunrise over Bend and the Sisters Volcano Complex

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.0 miles / 6.4 km
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview: This is one of those "must see" things in Oregon. You can easily drive to the top of this peak which happens to be the highest point of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. My suggestion is that you do this at sunrise. The sun rises in the east illuminating all of the volcanic rock spires of the peak and the Sisters Volcano Complex to the West. It is one of the most beautiful sights I've seen in Oregon. There are plenty of campground spots along the lakes where you can spend the night in preparation for a very early rise to do this trip. Less than a mile up the road I've also included a gps track of a hiking trail that will bring you to the top as well. Feel free to drop the most ambitious ones of your party with head lamps on this trail to climb it at dawn and meet you at the top for a ride down. BRING A CAMERA.

Tips: Directions to Summit Road
From Highway 97, 24 miles south of Bend, take the Paulina Lake/East Lake Road on your left. Follow this road 13 miles until you reach the Paulina Peak Road on your right.

There is an entrance fee into this area. $5 I think.

Points of Interest


Camping Area

Camp anywhere at these spots around the lake. If you have time take an early morning stroll arond the shore to see morning mist rising.

Start of Summit Road

From the Newberry Crater Road take a right here and head on up the road towards the summit. This road is 4 miles long.

Hiking Trail

If you are ambitious you can take the hiking trail from here that switchbacks up to the top. You can do as we did, drop people off here to start their hike then give them a ride down when they reach the summit.

Paulina Peak Summit

Hopefully you timed it right to reach the top of this 7,897 foot peak at sunrise which is the highest point of the Newberry Volcano Complex and National Monument. You will have great views out over the lakes towards the Sisters Volcanoes in the distance above Bend, OR.
Pictures in this guide taken by: JonathanEllinger

Jonathan Ellinger

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