Paulina Lake

Paulina Lake

Easy (to Warm Springs) 2.4 miles round trip No elevation gain Open mid-July through October Moderate (around lake via Little Crater) 8.6-mile loop 500 feet elevation gain

Left: Paulina Lake

Paulina Lake has the feel of an exotic sea. Deep, azure waters lap against rocky shores. Seagulls cry. Hidden beaches beckon. But this remarkable lake is actually well over a mile above sea level, and the forested rim that walls it from the outside world is in fact the collapsed caldera of the enormous Newberry Volcano. If all this fails to pique your curiosity, how about a lakeshore hot springs, a gigantic flow of obsidian glass, and a miniature cinder cone crater?

To start, drive south of...

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