Many times, I have heard the question asked: From where does Paulina Peak receive its name? Chief Paulina is a character from Oregon’s homestead days. His story spans the 1850’s-60’s and includes tales of notoriety for superior tactical maneuvers while exacting raids and revenge across the John Day Country, Heart Mountain and the Steens, Warm Springs, Trout Creek, Klamath Basin, and many other Central Oregon locations. Legends of gun fights and negotiations with other High Desert legends like General George Crook, Captain John M. Drake, and Howard Maupin have grown Paulina’s fame. Standing 7,989 ft. in stature, the peak also shares its name with a lake and creek that flow out of the caldera or collapsed volcano for which the peak is reminiscent, and a city in Central Oregon.