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

We were going for the longer loop but the 103 degrees caused us to hike this trail and glad we did. When you get to the island after a short uphill hike the view and geology is amazing.

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.

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.

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
2 months ago

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!

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
2 months ago

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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no shade
rocky
3 months ago

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
3 months ago

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

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

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!

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muddy
private property
snow
5 months ago

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!

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

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!

beautiful views. we appreciated the benches for cranky ole knees

hiking
10 months 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. 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

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

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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