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Island in Time (John Day Fossil Beds - Sheep Rock Unit)

EASY 30 reviews

Island in Time (John Day Fossil Beds - Sheep Rock Unit) is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kimberly, Oregon that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 252 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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A real sense of time.... Some described this trail as 1/2 hr. for 1.4 m out and back. If you want to stop and read signs and simply stare at those cliffs, take at least 45."

hiking
rocky
4 days ago

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

This place is unlike anywhere I have ever been- it was like stepping onto a set of the original Star Trek. The end of this hike is unforgettable and hard to capture on film. Bridges are not meant for dog paws so plan on carrying your dog or leaving them at home. There was a bee swarm a feet off the trail when we went, but I don’t think this is a daily event. Got to see many types of wildflowers.

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

The panoramic view at the end of this short trail is worth the effort. Beautiful!!

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Beautiful trail! Probably one of the most incredible places I’ve ever been! One thing to be aware of when going in spring: rockfalls are happening. We saw several large rocks in the middle of the trail, and we passed a family that was rather shaken up by coming feet from being hit by a boulder large enough to seriously injure, or even kill, a person. And there are no warnings from the park service about this at the moment. Be careful, keep an ear/eye out, and enjoy this amazing trail!

6 months ago

Blue Basin was what finally made me pull the trigger on traveling to Oregon, and it did not disappoint. We did both this and the rim loop trail, the turquoise blue rocks were gorgeous. I’ve not seen many photos that truly capture the beauty of this place. It’s absolutely stunning, as is the rest of Oregon

9 months ago

Fun trail. Short jaunt into a blue canyon. The signage at the trailhead says it takes an hour, but is actually much quicker.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Awesome fossils and really gorgeous trail. Definitely do this trail early in the morning or late at night so it's cooler though!

nature trips
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

beautiful. I will go back again to see it after a good rain so I can see the water flow.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Nice easy hike even with an unhappy 6 year old. Fossil replicas at some of the reader boards. Rangers with walking history talks at 10 am, only last 1 hour and super informative!!

hiking
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Cool place to see some fossil beds.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Me and Jenesis here. 6/17/2017

hiking
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Short trail. Really interesting area! Just a few feet into the trail and you step into a prehistoric jurassic time surrounded by fossils and turquoise rocks.

hiking
Monday, June 06, 2016

My favorite part of the JODA park! You enter into a canyon of blues as well as observe fossils embedded in the rock! Only moderate because of the length and rocky terrain. A magnificent step into time.

Friday, March 11, 2016

2 hr 15 min from home

hiking
Sunday, April 29, 2012

Great trail for gaining perspective.... a step back in time for sure. If you take a few moments to read the signs or simply stand and stare at those cliffs, plan on at least 45".

hiking
Monday, January 16, 2012

Make sure you stop at the ranger station and talk to the rangers, they are a good source of info and park history. If you are interested in viewing dino digs make sure you ask the rangers about it because they'll be able to tell you which trail allows you to see scientists in action. Great views.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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