Blue Basin Overlook Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kimberly, Oregon that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. 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
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
928 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

6 days ago

beautiful views. we appreciated the benches for cranky ole knees

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9 days ago

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.
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1 month ago

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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2 months ago

Completed 4.4 mi in 2.5 hrs with a 15 and 11 yr old, including the through time trail section. 760 feet of elevation in first half of hike up to overlook, dry and open so start early and take plenty of H2O. A few trees to rest under along the way. This trail is a real find, views are fantastic and the hike is eye opening - 50+ million years of Earth history layered in front of you. We had the overlook trail to ourselves except for 2 workers surveying. Only downside is last third of trail some of the view is the road and parking lot. But totally worth it. Stop at the visitors center and chip in a donation and learn about what you just saw. Its a very nice visitors center and educational. Informative workers. Some of the reviews here refer to just the shorter through time trail at the same location, its flat and does have a number of metal bridges but terminates in a BLUE box canyon! You can take this trail leg near the end of the overlook hike to see it all.

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3 months ago

great short trail. Not a good trail for large dogs. There are several (10+) metal bridges that my dog had a hard time walking across due to the plat form. I had to carry him across most up and back, but hes 98 lbs so it was a challenge for us both. very little shade and very hot mid day in summer.

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3 months ago

Great hike. I cannot believe how blue the canyon rocks were. Hike was not difficult, but got a little steep in some areas. Incredible views.

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4 months ago

it was a rather nicely laid out trail for a small hike.

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4 months ago

Easy hike with great overlooks. We hiked this in the morning and were glad we did given how exposed you are to the sun for much of the hike. There are some great benches with shade along the way for taking breaks to enjoy the lookouts and cooking off.

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5 months ago

Beautiful trail overlooking the basin. The colors were amazing. Kids enjoyed it too :)

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11 months ago

Beautiful , easy , and great for everyone!

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Saturday, September 09, 2017

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 :)

Friday, September 08, 2017

A great hike for kids and adults

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

Très beau petit tour, offrant des superbes vues.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

great views

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Neat place!!

Monday, June 12, 2017

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!

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

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.

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.

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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 :).

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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.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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.

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