It was dark and as we drove up the crater to get to Paulina Lake in search of somewhere to camp we realized that the landscape around us was changing and before we knew it there was frost and snow to greet us. It was COLD! Thank god for 0 degree down sleeping bags! The weather was calm though so there was no chill breeze freezing us while we took night photos.
|Paulina Peak over Paulina Lake at Sunrise|
|Paulina Lake at Sunrise|
We went in October and didn't see anyone aside from a couple of guys with little fishing boats. The bathrooms and dumpsters were locked, as was the gate to the top of Paulina Peak.Plan accordingly for seasonal closures.
If you're in the area and the roads are free from snow it is definitely worth seeing. Also don't miss the obsidian flow, it's a 50ft thick glassy patch of lava that covers nearly a square mile in the crater. There are also hot springs, ice caves, several camping areas and a waterfall all nearby.