Super short with no shade, we went early enough to take dogs out but if it's after 9am it might be too hot; the views weren't necessarily better at the top but still glad we went up. Amazing area with some educational info at the parking lot.

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23 days ago

Nice and steep on the ascent, nice desert landscape on the trail. View at the top was all right.

hiking
1 month ago

Painted Hills is an awesome landmark because you can see millions of years revealed in the different colored layers of the mountain. Take the Carroll Rim Trail for a viewpoint of the hills, but there’s NO shade so if the temps are hot, bring lots of water. I had to spray my dog with water the whole way so he could stay cool and hydrated. If you don’t want to hike, there’s a parking lot where you can get much closer to the hills without having to walk very much. The time of season you visit will determine how many different colors you will see. Since we visited in the summer, the palette wasn’t as colorful, but it was still cool to see.

hiking
2 months ago

Short. Sweet trail with good view and payoff. I sat down next to a snake. I wasn't paying enough attention clearly.

hiking
2 months ago

if you are into geology then go however my suggestion for others is the following : if you happen to be within 40 minutes of here, go otherwise it may not be worth it. I also agree with the "trail" comment; it is really just a path.

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11 months ago

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Monday, July 04, 2016

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Awesome view from the top! I will be back :-)

hiking
Thursday, September 10, 2015

Carroll Rim is one trail that could be called a hike in the Painted Hills. Granted, it's only 1.5mi or so, but it's the only trail where you won't be expecting to see a geriatric on a Hover-Round fly around the corner to greet with you a hardy smile on the way back to their Winnebago.

It's a quick ascent, but the 400ft or so of gain and puts you atop a fun little ridge. If you get bored, you can free-climb or just mess around on some little ledges, but the view is quite decent.

No, it's not a big hike or a climb, but it's the closest you'll get within 50 miles of the Painted Hills.

Mee-Maw, Pop-Pops, fat Aunt Margaret, and little cousin Timmy? They can do this one with ease. Margaret will feel like a champ as she sweats her way to the top, and Timmy won't even have a chance to begin whining about how thirsty he is. You can even bring your "friendly" pit bull Mr.Pickles and let him off-leash: undoubtedly, all the tourists will love him as much as you do.

If you're doing the Painted Hills, well, do this trail: because there isn't any other.