Backcountry Trail Run - Crater Rim Trail


Backcountry Trail Run - Crater Rim Trail

Scenic trail run around Oregon's Newberry Crater, Paulina Lake & East Lake! Big loop with big views: 21 miles & 3200 ft. of elevation gain.

  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 21.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,200 ft
  • Pace: 4-6mph
  • Meet at the Paulina Lake day-use area on Saturday morning, July 13. Time TBA. This location is directly across from the Paulina Visitor Center.
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    • GPS coordinates:  43.71174828833682, -121.27677153461852
    • Northwest Forest Pass or equivalent required.  A 3-day entrance pass that covers day-use fees at various locations within the national monument is available; National Forest Day Pass, Interagency Annual Pass/America the Beautiful pass, and the annual Northwest Forest Pass are also accepted. More details here.
    • Paulina Lake Day Use Area information

Please explain your preparation for this run when you request leader's permission, thanks!
The trip plan is to run the Crater Rim Trail #3957 counterclockwise from the Paulina Lake day-use area, tagging Paulina Peak along the way.  On Sunday, July 14, there are easy hikes, lakes to swim in, and a hot springs to visit, plus Lava River Cave and the Big Obsidian Flow. 


Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Trail running shoes
  • Pack to carry your personal supplies including water, snacks, first aid, sunscreen, method to purify water, etc.
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