Painted Hills Overlook
ElevationAscent: 89' 27 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 2,172' 662 m
Low: 2,083' 635 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“A short trail to an overlook providing sweeping views of the Painted Hills Unit.”— David Hitchcock
The trail departs the parking area and follows a gravel trail as it climbs a hill overlooking Painted Ridge. There is a bench a short distance up the trail where you can take a break and enjoy the view of the surrounding hillsides. Painted Ridge, a series of yellow and red clay hills stretch out before you. As you continue uphill, views on the right side showcase the landscape in the rest of the monument stretch out before you. There are several areas off to the left for good photos as the trail continues to climb up a ridge. The trail finally ends at another bench that overlooks the ridge.
There is fence the indicates that it's the end of the run and you should proceed no further as it could damage the fragile landscape that exists there. From here, you get great views of the surrounding area and can see the Carroll Rim Trail as it climbs the hill on the other side of the road. Take a few minutes to enjoy the view before you return to your car via the same same path that you traveled.
This is a short trail that provides good views of Painted Ridge, which is off limits to visitors in an effort to preserve the beautiful, fragile hills that the unit is named for.
Land Manager: NPS - John Day Fossil Beds