Paulina Falls is a terrific short hike, located just south of Bend, OR in the little-known Newberry National Volcanic Monument. While this “hike” is more of an easy stroll, the reward for the effort is fantastic.
The trail is less than half-mile in total (round-trip) with several options, including one with little elevation gain that heads to the top of the Paulina Falls. You can also head down to the bottom of Paulina Falls for a different perspective (with some elevation change). Additionally, you can make Paulina Falls part of a much longer hike (see the “Paulina Creek Falls Trail” information below).
In the remote southeast corner of Crater Lake National Park sits the Pinnacles Overlook and Pinnacles Trail. This little-known part of the park is not heavily trafficked and definitely not what jumps to mind when most people think of Crater Lake. However, the lack of people in the area only adds to the enjoyment for most. The trail is less than a mile (round-trip) with only a small amount of elevation gain and leads to pumice spires that seem as if they are man-made for an amusement park attraction. For those not up to the short hike, the Pinnacles...
The Pacific coastline is known for some amazing stretches of road, and the Oregon Coast is no exception. Drive along Highway 101 to experience hundreds of miles of scenic viewpoints, sandy beaches, charming seaside towns, forested headlands, sea stacks and historic lighthouses.
We’ve visited coastlines up and down the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, but the Oregon Coast is one of a kind. With public access to every mile of Oregon’s beautiful coastline and numerous state parks, the opportunities for coastal adventures and exploration are endless!