Blue Basin Overlook Trail

EASY 21 reviews

Blue Basin Overlook Trail is a 4 mile loop trail located near Kimberly, Oregon and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1040 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

hiking
24 days ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike with beautiful views of the blue rock canyon. Highly suggest going left on the loop to start to build up to the better parts. We went left and saw some blue rock (not canyon yet) and were already excited. Then we got to the top of the loop and walked out on the overlook spur and were so happy we came that way. You just walk up to the beautiful blue rock canyon. Then we continued the loop taking pictures at many stops. Completing the outer loop we then did the inner canyon trail...which again we were excited we did in this order. A great way to cap it off. Trail was was in good shape and if you do in the late morning you have the light behind you for the canyon shots :)

1 month ago

A great hike for kids and adults

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Très beau petit tour, offrant des superbes vues.

hiking
2 months ago

For my money the white & blue canyons are more incredible than the nearby Painted Hills, if you have to pick between them. A more challenging hike here as well.

2 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking, some of it is on private (but accessible) land.

hiking
3 months ago

great views

hiking
4 months ago

Neat place!!

4 months ago

We did the shorter trail. We wanted to do the longer but forgot our rain coats. Amazing area. I would have loved to have done the longer trail. The green stream is fascinating!

4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

trail running
11 months ago

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.

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

Saturday, August 27, 2016

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.

hiking
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

hiking
Monday, May 04, 2015

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 :).

hiking
Sunday, October 19, 2014

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.