Ascent of North Paulina Peak on 2015-10-10

Climber: Daniel Mick

Others in Party:Amy Vaniotis
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 10, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:North Paulina Peak
    Elevation:7686 ft / 2342 m

Ascent Trip Report

A pleasant but unremarkable hike. The Newberry Crater area is a wondrous geological playground though! Do NOT skip hiking on the obsidian flow.

Trail numbering does not include 39xx, just last two numbers: Cinder Hill Campground/Day Use Area is Trail 56. This junctures with the Crate Rim Trail 57.

Started hike from Cinder Hill Campground/Day Use Area. There are actually two access points: one right across from the Day Use Area, just before the gate, between campsites #50 and #51. The other is further up the road in the back Cinder Hill Campground Loop. Both spur onto 56. Clear from the Topo map.

Pleasant and gradual hike through the trees for 2 miles to juncture with Crater Rim Trail. Turn Left on Crater Rim 57 and hike another flat 1.5 miles through the trees before reaching an obvious large cinder bowl on the Right ~50 feet below trail. North Paulina Peak is visible from here but there is not a trail. We hiked between the trees across the small saddle until we reached the summit.

New (1991) USGS plaque on a cairn. Slight views to the East and South. We had lunch closer to the rim so we had a better view, but it consisted of a slice of lake and Paulina Peak jutting up.

Were excited to soak in the hot springs but they turned out to be small scattered pools in the shore gravel of warm cloudy stinky brackish water. Great for soaking your feet in though! (Southern side of East Lake halfway between East Lake boat ramp and East Lake campground. The hot springs on the NE side of Paulina Lake are supposedly much better but require a mile hike).

1/1 ACCESS - clearly marked National Monument trail system
1/2 REMOTENESS (Popularity, Sight/Sound) - we were the only party but it was end of season - these are some of the most visited campgrounds in Oregon. No civilization evidence on the trail except occasional planes.
1/1 CONDITION - wide, well-marked, well-maintained
1/3 VARIETY (Flora and Fauna, Geological, Terrain) - almost exclusively under the trees, minor geological variety despite the area
1/3 VIEWS - a few glimpses but we had to go off-trail to secure any kind of view
TOTAL 5/10
(does not include difficulty since hikers may prefer opposite extremes)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1266 ft / 385 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Route:Trail 56 and 57
    Trailhead:Cinder Hill Campground  6420 ft / 1956 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:90 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:90 Minutes

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