Painted Hills Overlook Trail

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon

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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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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.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Distance: 0.3
Elevation Gain: 108 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 2,092 feet
Top Elevation: 2,180 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Painted Hills Overlook Trail
Parks: John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Elevation Min/Max: 2087/2180 ft
Elevation Start/End: 2092/2092 ft

Painted Hills Overlook Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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 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."

"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."

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May 2018