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Trail Snapshot

Report (Date)
Length
19.5 miles
Elevation
2874'
Rating
Forecast
Trail is riding well right now and there are no reports of mud, deadfall, or snow.

Trail Reports

  • Joe Myers August 7, 2017 at 8:48 amPaulina Rim is clear to the Swamp Wells junction. Thanks Jade and John!
  • Natalie Herse July 31, 2017 at 8:45 pmPretty dusty out there. Beautiful views just the same. 5 trees down on the north side.
  • David Caplan July 16, 2017 at 10:30 amRode the full loop yesterday. There a few trees down here and there, but nothing that will detract from having a great ride. Classic old-school XC with great scenery.
  • Andrew Murray July 11, 2017 at 11:36 amRode about 6 miles of Crater Rim Trail counter clockwise from the junction of Newberry Crater Rd to the Junction of Swamp Wells Trail as part of a longer ride back to Bend via Swamp Wells Trail and Horse Butte. The section of Crater Rim that we rode is riding great except about 6 or more downed trees that we had to carry over. There's only a couple of very small snow patches. The view from Crater Rim Trail about 2.5 miles from Swamp Wells junction is amazing. I'm planning a custom shuttle trip with Cog Wild on Saturday July 22nd. We'll be dropped at East Lake Resort and ride back to SE Bend. Stats: about 35 miles/2000' climbing/4000' descending. No guide so must be self sufficient. Cost will be aprox $35/rider or less. Still need a few more riders to fill the van....message me if interested.
  • Dustin Balderach October 1, 2016 at 10:28 pmRode the loop today. Trail is still a little loose but overall pretty good. Pretty cold and cloudy day. One small, down tree at about mile 19.
  • Erik Santner September 7, 2016 at 7:34 amWe rode the loop on Labor Day. It was pretty loose and on the south side, the north side was fine until the downhill...had to drop back 400 yards from anyone in front because of dusty conditions and visibility. BE SAFE!!
  • Erik Santner August 2, 2016 at 5:56 pmTrail is in amazing condition! Usually ride it once a year....but as good as it's riding right now it may be 3 or 4!
 

Trail Description

Not far from Bend, just East of La Pine you’ll find the Crater Rim trail. The trail starts at the Paulina Lake Trailhead (a Northwest Forest Pass is required, or you can pay at the kiosk). Circling the caldera counter clockwise, you’ll first climb NF-500 Road towards Paulina Peak.

Near the summit, the trail dives off to the right and is a combination of single track and winter snow-mobile routes. For a bonus view, ride past the trail junction to the summit where you’ll have an amazing view of East Lake, Paulina Lake, and the Cascade Range.

After a fun bit of downhill, you’ll start to climb again to the upper rim of East Lake. The reward is more great views — and a long downhill section back to your car.

Because of the elevation (over 6,300 feet) the Crater Rim stays covered in snow until late into summer. So early Fall is prime time at Paulina. There is an optional ride from the rim down Swamp Wells, but it’s most likely going to be full of deadfall.

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Trail Reports » Crater Rim

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  1. Joe Myers says:

    Paulina Rim is clear to the Swamp Wells junction. Thanks Jade and John!

  2. Natalie Herse says:

    Pretty dusty out there. Beautiful views just the same. 5 trees down on the north side.

  3. David Caplan says:

    Rode the full loop yesterday. There a few trees down here and there, but nothing that will detract from having a great ride. Classic old-school XC with great scenery.

  4. Andrew Murray says:

    Rode about 6 miles of Crater Rim Trail counter clockwise from the junction of Newberry Crater Rd to the Junction of Swamp Wells Trail as part of a longer ride back to Bend via Swamp Wells Trail and Horse Butte. The section of Crater Rim that we rode is riding great except about 6 or more downed trees that we had to carry over. There’s only a couple of very small snow patches. The view from Crater Rim Trail about 2.5 miles from Swamp Wells junction is amazing. I’m planning a custom shuttle trip with Cog Wild on Saturday July 22nd. We’ll be dropped at East Lake Resort and ride back to SE Bend. Stats: about 35 miles/2000′ climbing/4000′ descending. No guide so must be self sufficient. Cost will be aprox $35/rider or less. Still need a few more riders to fill the van….message me if interested.

  5. Dustin Balderach says:

    Rode the loop today. Trail is still a little loose but overall pretty good. Pretty cold and cloudy day. One small, down tree at about mile 19.

  6. Erik Santner says:

    We rode the loop on Labor Day. It was pretty loose and on the south side, the north side was fine until the downhill…had to drop back 400 yards from anyone in front because of dusty conditions and visibility.
    BE SAFE!!

  7. Erik Santner says:

    Trail is in amazing condition! Usually ride it once a year….but as good as it’s riding right now it may be 3 or 4!

  8. Joe Myers says:

    Trail is completely clear as of today. thanks COTA (Woody K) and USFS.

  9. Karen Meronek says:

    Has anyone rode down to swampy wells horse camp? Ever?

    Rode the Rim Trail a few deadfalls but not bad at all.

    1. Joe Myers says:

      I have seen this section of swamp wells cleared and cog doing a shuttle or 2 in recent years. You never know!

  10. David Caplan says:

    Rode Newberry Crater Rim trail starting at Cinder Hill CG in the NE corner of east lake, and heading counter-clockwise. After the junction of the Cinder Hill trail and Rim trails, there were 15-20 trees down on the north rim, on the way to Paulina lodge. None were too big and it wouldn’t be enough to stop me from riding this loop. A couple were on the downhill, so keep an eye open. Most could be cut out easily enough with a hand saw, though one will need a chainsaw. After climbing up the gravel road to Paulina Peak, the trail is clear all the way on the south and east sides. Ran in to a FS Volunteer who was headed up to the north side to mark on GPS where the downed trees are, so hopefully the FS will take care of those in the coming week or so.

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