Paulina Lake in Central Oregon
viewed from the Big Obsidian Flow

Paulina Lake viewed from the big obsidian flow at newberry national volcanic monument in oregon, under the auspices of the deschutes national forest of oregon, and it includes benham falls on the wild and scenic deschutes river, lava cast forest, lava river cave, lava lands, paulina and east lakes, paulina creek falls, paulina peak, campgrounds, hiking trails, hot springs and more.

Hiking on the Interpretative Hiking Trail
through the Big Obsidian, Flow, Newberry National
Volcanic Monument in Oregon

Broken Top in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon

Mountains, mountains, mountains everywhere, and especially visible from Paulina Peak. Unfortunately, the road to the top of Paulina Peak was closed due to snow when I visited, both this summer and last. I don't like this road very much at even the best of times; it's narrow and winding, cut in the side of the mountain. I hate meeting oncoming cars, with that let me say that you can't take big rigs up there. Even though I don't like it over much, I will drive up Paulina Peak one of these summers and take some good photographs. For now, we make due with photos, not even digital on the introduction page. :-) Even so, mountains can be seen when hiking on the interpretative hiking trail on the Big Obsidian Flow. I am pretty sure this is Broken Top. If you look carefully, you can see the tip of one mountain peaking out above the trees to the right of Broken Top. That would be South Sister, and to the left, not seen in this photo, is Mt Bachelor. Besides, Broken Top, as the name implies, has a truncated peak, and that is certainly the case here.

While both Paulina Lake and East Lake are visible from Paulina Peak, only Paulina Lake can be seen from the Big Obsidian Flow. As might be apparent here, it's rather large. Indeed Paulina Lake encompasses 1531 acres with an average depth of 163' and the deepest stretches measuring up to 250'. The white speck on the field of blue water is a sailboat. Both East Lake and Paulina Lake located within the caldera of Newberry Volcano, a monumental geologic event that took over 500,000 years to create. In itself, the caldera is 5 miles in diameter.

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big obsidian flow from paulina peak at newberry national volcanic monument: lava cast forest, lava lands, lava river cave, benham falls on the deschutes river hiking trail, on the wild and scenic deschutes river, hiking trails, paulina and east lakes, little crater campground, paulina peak, paulina creek waterfall, campgrounds, resort, hot springs, fishing, boating, swimming.

Forward ~ Nature's Artistic Touch: Hiking the Interpretative Hiking Trail on the Big Obsidian Flow at Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Oregon.

Back ~ The Big Obsidian Flow at Newberry National Volcanic Monument - I wish you could see it as it was when I first saw it.

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Unending diversity in rock formations seen when hiking the interpretative hiking trail on the big obsidian flow at Newberry National Volcanic Monument in central Oregon.

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