Blue Basin Overlook Trail is a 4 mile loop trail located near Kimberly, OR and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Be aware that there are 2 trails. The longer one is a bit over 3 miles. The sign suggests 3 hours to do this, don't be fooled. At a gentle jogging pace with stops for photos this took 45 minutes. Not much wildlife but interesting colors. Collecting is not allowed. Easy to find and to park on a Saturday in November.
go for the view... simply amazing. not hard whatsoever - they scaled the climbing into moderate increases in elevation. just bring water and a good protein bar.
The Blue Basin trail is the longest trail in the entire John Day Fossil Bed system, coming in around 4 miles including the Island in Time trail. We are completely unused to hiking in a desert environment so took frequent breaks for water and to catch our breath in the warm afternoon sun (doing this trail early in the day is recommended). We climbed around 800 feet up above the Basin, where we were treated to 360 degree views of the surrounding areas and a view straight down into the blue-green rock formations that comprise this area . This loop took way longer than we thought it would due to some sketchy footing and exposed areas that caused concern with my wife's balance (trekking poles are recommended). But we enjoyed the scenery along the way and descended without incident, shooting down the Island in Time trail to get an up close and personal look at the Basin. If you are in this area and enjoy solitary hikes, put this one on your list. You won't be disappointed. We only saw two people on this trail on a beautiful Saturday in May. Also, do your research ahead of time so you know the history of what you are looking at :).
Shortish (slightly under 4 miles) hike around and then into the beautiful Blue Basin, part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. The trail goes up to the ridge overlooking the blue basin and provides amazing views of the basin itself as well as the John Day River's valley. While the trail is under 4 miles, the climb to the ridge is a bit steep and would get slippery in wet weather. If you walk the loop clockwise you will have the option to finish with the short spur into the basin before heading back to the parking lot.
A super easy hike! Even in the snow season. You have to do the long loop around the blue basin, onlya bout 3-4 mile long. Easy and beautiful high desert view.