Painted Hills Overlook

EASY 30 reviews

Painted Hills Overlook is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mitchell, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
101 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

7 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

A thing of beauty

walking
25 days ago

Amazing view of a remote but unique place. Worth the drive.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Short but sweet. Stop in at the sidewalk cafe in the small town of Mitchell and get a yummy milkshake while you are out there.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I wouldn't call the half mile walk a hike by any means but had the best view of the Hills of any I'd seen

hiking
2 months ago

So beautiful! Totally recommend everyone to go here. If you are thinking of camping near John Day stay at Clyde Holliday State Park.

hiking
2 months ago

walking
3 months ago

Amazing!!!

3 months ago

More beautiful views and different angles

3 months ago

Does not disappoint

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
Monday, June 06, 2016

IF you're looking for a hike, the Carroll Rim Trail (also on AllTrails) is for you. The rest are several loops found on a gravel road. The scenery was breath taking and worth the driving to get to the unit. Highly Recommended.

walking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Not a hike but a great place to appreciate Mother Earth and take in all the colors!

hiking
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Monday, October 26, 2015

Not for someone looking for a long hike, but more for someone who wants a high dose of educational beauty you will see nowhere else. highly reccomended.

walking
Thursday, September 24, 2015

It is a long way to drive into the middle of nowhere to see these hills but it will be fast and furiously short. Incredible, surreal views. Worth the drive but not worth the hike if you have other better hikes to do.

walking
Thursday, September 10, 2015

This is a 6.4 mile loop.

If you're driving.

Otherwise, the Carroll Rim trail (which is also on AllTrails) is the only hike in the Painted Hills. There are several small loops you can do after driving to them, but if you're looking to hike, well, this isn't your place. The hills are cool enough, but after your 6.4mi graveled drive to varied .2mi "hikes," you might want to venture elsewhere for some exercise.

On the other hand, if you're fresh off the tourbus or looking to gas-guzzle your way through an interesting piece of geology, well... man: is this is the place for you! Bring your camera, all your cousins, an umbrella, and every digital camera your family owns, 'cause it's ON!

hiking
Sunday, July 26, 2015