Blue Basin Overlook Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kimberly, Oregon that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options 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: 898 feet Route Type: Loop

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4 days ago

Did the hike Clockwise made the hike up seem a little less steep (less switchbacks) Saw no one on the loop trail started about 330 in the afternoon and took about 3 hours including the Island of time trail. Definitely a must do hike. Could be really hot no shade but not today

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1 month ago

Would definitely recommend this hike. Decent uphill hike with amazing views from the top. No shade so on hot days be prepared. Dog friendly but has pretty narrow trails at some spots with steep drops so I would recommend a leash. Overall very nice hike!

2 months ago

03/22/20: Topography, fossils and rock formations are all spectacular. For those social distancing, this was a hard place to do so this last weekend. Very crowded, and not a surprise! Such a gorgeous visit.

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2 months ago

So pretty! Was easy to miss the trail off to the right, and get veered to Island in Time Trail... steep and requires some breaks but the view is worth it! Really enjoyed this hike!

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muddy
no shade
private property
4 months ago

scenic driving
6 months ago

Amazing hike! I would agree with going right at the trailhead. See all the beauty first then just enjoy the rest of the hike. Amazing views. Pack layers this time of year. Must do the whole loop, you wont regret it!

6 months ago

Great trail. expansive views throughout the entire hike. beautiful colors and interesting geological formations. not hard but not too easy. just right.

Lovely morning hike. Did it counter clockwise, happy we did.

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7 months ago

stunning! This hike is great, steep uphill, but is made worth it for the views.

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9 months ago

Lots of great views at the top, make sure to bring a hat.

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10 months ago

It’s pretty exposed, bring water. I went right. Did the short trail and back out to the turn and around. I recommend going this way because the view seems to be in front of you. The greenish color was pretty obvious in the morning sun, but looks kinda brown in my pictures. It’s steep but reasonable distance.

11 months ago

Hiked trail on 6/7/2019. Great views. Caution if you are hiking when it rains because the trail can become slick! Trail appears to try out clickly.

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11 months ago

Absolutely loved this hike, the views were amazing it was so worth the 4 hour drive we had... this was just 1 hike within the area... we will definitely go back and check out the area, so much more to see...

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no shade
private property
Mon May 27 2019

We went to the right on this trail- it’s off of the Island in Time trail. Beautiful views throughout this moderate hike. I would not say it is kid friendly- it’s a narrow trail with some sharp drop offs. There are a few trees to provide shade along the way. Part of the trail is on private property. Highly recommend this trail in addition to the Island in Time trail to get above and below perspectives of this magical place!

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Sun May 26 2019

Beautiful trail, there is no bad view. Take some time at the mid point to enjoy the bench and overlook of the whole basin.

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rocky
Sat May 18 2019

I did this while on vacation. My suggestion is to start the trail to the right when you park. It will go steeply for a while with switchbacks. You'll be pretty tired by the time you reach the Overlook but the return trip down is so much easier on the knees and has a lot more traction than coming down the other side. It is wonderful to see such a shift in geography while doing this short, but moderate hike. Go when there is a cloudy day so it won't be so shocking when you realize there is only one shady tree on the trail.

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no shade
rocky
Mon May 13 2019

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Sun Apr 07 2019

This is an amazing trail. We loved the way the trail went from meadow to juniper forest to amazing views of the Blue Basin.

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muddy
private property
snow
Mon Mar 18 2019

I think this would be a great moderate/hard trail in the summer months, but yesterday it was pretty dangerous. Around 80% of the whole trail was deep thick mud, and we were often sliding downhill on rather steep hills. There is a lack of good signage, and my hiking buddy and I often were unsure if we were on the right trail or not. Lastly, there are no warnings about the mud or (even more dangerous) the rockfalls that are currently happening. We heard and saw lots of small rockfalls on this trail, but we talked to a family that had almost been hit by a much larger rock on the Island in Time trail (and it was indeed large enough to seriously injure or kill). Beautiful hike, but wait until the area dries out a lot more!

Fri Oct 26 2018

Definitely not an “easy” hike. Lots of switchbacks, some short and steep and others are longer and flatter but this is moderate at best. Still worth the amazing views but be prepared to work for them!

Sun Oct 14 2018

beautiful views. we appreciated the benches for cranky ole knees

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Thu Oct 11 2018

Wonderful lil short hike. Not to hard, but not a lot of shade. It was very cool to see all the formations and different colors. I am living full time in a pop up camper and there were about 4 or 5 pull through spots which was nice too. If you'd like to follow that I have a blog; https://campwithjess.wixsite.com/campwithjess

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Sun Sep 02 2018

This is not “easy”. I would say it’s moderate at the least. There is an elevation gain of about 800 feet in just over a mile. The trail is narrow with loose rocks at the higher elevations. Not for those afraid of heights. Many times on the descent, the trail looks to drop off the cliff, only to switch back. That all said, it is beautiful and peaceful. Remember sunscreen as the trail is mostly in the sun. There are only a few places of shade to stop and take in the view. Wear good traction shoes. I would not recommend taking small children or pets.

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