Painted Hills Overlook Trail

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon

Distance0.3mi
Elevation Gain108ft
Trailhead Elevation2,092ft
Top2,180ft
Elevation Min/Max2087/2180ft
Elevation Start/End2092/2092ft

Painted Hills Overlook Trail

Painted Hills Overlook Trail is a hiking trail in Wheeler County, Oregon. It is within John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 2,092 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 108 feet.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Bend and Central Oregon - 3rd Edition (Falcon Guides)
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"The short hikes in the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument provide a close-up look at the area’s beautiful color-splashed hills and fascinating fossil beds. The Painted Hills Overlook Trail is a 1.0- mile out-and- back trail that takes you to the top of an overlook with views of the colorful surrounding hills. If you want more of an adventure, trek 1.5 miles to the top of Carroll Rim, where you’ll have a sweeping view of the painted hills and surrounding high- desert country. If you want to see one of these hills up close, stroll the quarter-mile Painted Cove Trail. To view fossils of plants that dominated this area thirty-three million years ago, walk the Leaf Hill Trail. It’s possible to complete all four of the established trails in just a day." Read more
"The Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument has several hikes offering glimpses of the area’s rich geologic history. The hikes are easy to The Painted Cove Trail moderately difficult, and each provides a different perspective on the unique formations in this national monument. The most striking features you’ll notice are the round, multicolored hills of colorful claystone. The short hikes in the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument provide a close-up look at the area’s beautiful color-splashed hills and fascinating fossil beds. The Painted Hills Overlook Trail is a 1.0-mile out-and-back route that takes you to the top of an overlook with views of the colorful surrounding hills. If you want more of an adventure, trek 1.5 miles to the top of Carroll Rim, where you’ll have a sweeping view of the painted hills and surrounding high-desert country. If you want to see one of these hills up close, stroll the quarter-mile Painted Cove Trail. To view fossils of plants that dominated this area thirty-three million years ago, walk the Leaf Hill Trail. It’s possible to complete all four of the established trails in just a day." Read more
"The short hikes in the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument provide a close-up look at the area’s beautiful color-splashed hills and fascinating fossil beds. The Painted Hills Overlook Trail is a 1.0-mile out-and-back trail that takes you to the top of an overlook with views of the colorful surrounding hills. If you want more of an adventure, trek 1.5 miles to the top of Carroll Rim, where you’ll have a sweeping view of the painted hills and surrounding high-desert country. If you want to see one of these hills up close, stroll the quarter-mile Painted Cove Trail. To view fossils of plants that dominated this area thirty-three million years ago, walk the Leaf Hill Trail. These are perfect short rambles for a day of relaxed exploration and fossil-hunting with your dog. It’s possible to complete all four of the established trails in just a day." Read more

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Trail Information

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Nearby City
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Views
Features
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, 32651 Highway 19, Kimberly; (541) 987-2333 ext. 1240; www.nps.gov/joda/planyourvisit/index.htm
Local Contacts
Maptech CD: Hermiston/Prineville/ Canyon City, OR; USGS map: Painted Hills, OR; USGS Painted Hills; DeLorme: Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer, page 80 B3
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Dec 2018