Hike to Paulina Lake Hot Springs

Little Crater Campground

Distance

2.4 Miles

Activities

Chillin, Swimming, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Summer

Type

Out-and-Back

Hot Springs
Lake
Romantic
Scenic

Relaxing in your own, lakeside hot spring feels that much better as a stop along this 2.4 mile hike.

Starting at Little Crater Campground, head north toward the hot springs (43.730, -121.247). If you're really looking to stretch your legs, you can extend the out-and-back hike to a full loop around the lake just shy of 8 miles. The water in the springs is around 95 degrees, and doesn't smell of sulfur. You can even dig your own spring on the North Beach.

Photo Credit: Amy Meredith

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $120/night

LOGE Bend

Bend, Oregon

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Awesome View!

Amazing. About 4-5 little hot spring pools that are right on the lake's shore facing mount Paulina. It is kind of difficult to find unfortunately but totally worth it. Only recommendation is to bring shoes that you don't mind getting wet and have good coverage. Sadly there were cigarette butts and glass in and around the pools. I went off the trails to find the hot springs at one point and I almost stepped on a used needle and syringe. So don't take your shoes off until you scope everything out and don't go off unless you have too. Directions: Drive to the very end of camp ground and park at the trail head. Follow the trail that hugs the lake for about 30 minutes. Then look for a "Trail" sign to your left that is leaning against a tree. It's on a pretty decent hill and you can't see the lake from that path but it's pretty noticeable trail/well walked on trail (I think there is also a big downed tree laying horizontal on the path too). But just follow that pathway down right to the hot springs. It's about a quarter to 1/3 of the way around the lake. There are multiple pools that are squared off by old trees/logs. They are tiny rocks/pebbles that allow you to easily dig deeper if it's shallow. If it's too hot, just let some lake water in.

Distance

2.4 Miles

Activities

Chillin, Swimming, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Summer

Type

Out-and-Back

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