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Newberry Crater Rim Loop

  • Length:
    20 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Nearby Cities:
    La Pine, Bend, Crescent, Gilchrist, Fort Rock
  • Region:
    Central Oregon, Southern Oregon
  • Attributes:
    Lake Views, Moderately Technical, Mountain Views

Trailhead Elevation: 4237 ft


Get directions to the trailhead on Google Maps

In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.

Trailhead: From Bend, drive 23 miles south on Highway 97 and turn left (east) on FS 21. Follow this paved road 15 miles up the slopes of Newberry Crater to Paulina Lake Campground. After parking in the day use area, cross Road 21 and begin climbing up Road 500 toward Paulina Peak. (1 hour from Bend.)

Highlights: Circling the rim of this huge volcano! The caldera is over 1,000 feet deep in most places and contains two large, trout-filled lakes. Along the way you will have stunning views of Paulina and East Lakes, the high desert looking south and east and the Cascade mountains to the west. The loop is best done in counter-clockwise direction. Look for the trail on your right about 2.8 miles up the Paulina Peak road, or head another 500 vertical feet to the top for the view and then back down to the trail.

Seasons: Summer and fall

A detailed map of this trail and others nearby is available through Adventure Maps, an Oregon company, at local bike shops and outdoor retailers, as well as online at

Photos of this Ride


  1. This is a great ride. Went past the trail and ended at the top at the viewpoint at the start, then came back down to find the trail! GPS track can be found here:

    The views are excellent and the terrain demanding in some places. The controlled slide over the last 4 miles through loose pumice down to the lake ends a great day….

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Scott Rapp

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