Easy (to falls viewpoints) 1.6 miles round trip
300 feet elevation gain
Open late June to late October
Easy (to McKay Crossing)
5.6 miles round trip
500 feet elevation gain
Open except after winter storms
Use: hikers, horses, bicycles
Difficult (entire trail)
2050 feet elevation gain
Left: Paulina Creek Falls in winter
Paulina Creek spills from a caldera lake high in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, tumbles down the volcano’s slopes in a series of waterfalls, and meanders across the high desert. The 8.5-mile trail tracing the stream is a bit long for a day hike, so most hikers focus on shorter segments—either exploring the spectacular summer viewpoints up at Paulina Creek Falls, or strolling along the lower creek where trails are usually snow-free even in winter.
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Perhaps the best shuttle option for this hike is to...