Explore the most popular hiking trails near Mitchell with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

Hardly a hike, but absolutely beautiful.

walking
2 months ago

Short stroll with great views of the layered hills.

walking
2 months ago

This is the extremely photogenic trail with the boardwalk!

walking
2 months ago

Cool red hill. This isn’t the hike with the board walk but worth adding on to the trip.

This is more of a destination for taking in some amazing views than it is a hike. Best to go early as it’s a popular spot and is more enjoyable with fewer people around.

The painted hills are more of a little walk/hike. The landscape is stunning and unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Definitely worth the drive! (August 2016)hik

on Leaf Hill Trail

hiking
9 months ago

Short. Information about fossils in the area with some samples.

hiking
9 months ago

Short but beautiful.

on Painted Cove Trail

hiking
9 months ago

Not much of a hike but the geological formations are stunning.

hiking
11 months ago

A thing of beauty

walking
11 months ago

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

walking
11 months ago

Short, easy but very pretty red rocks. Worth the drive.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Super short with no shade, we went early enough to take dogs out but if it's after 9am it might be too hot; the views weren't necessarily better at the top but still glad we went up. Amazing area with some educational info at the parking lot.

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

Nice and steep on the ascent, nice desert landscape on the trail. View at the top was all right.

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

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
Monday, June 26, 2017

Painted Hills is an awesome landmark because you can see millions of years revealed in the different colored layers of the mountain. Take the Carroll Rim Trail for a viewpoint of the hills, but there’s NO shade so if the temps are hot, bring lots of water. I had to spray my dog with water the whole way so he could stay cool and hydrated. If you don’t want to hike, there’s a parking lot where you can get much closer to the hills without having to walk very much. The time of season you visit will determine how many different colors you will see. Since we visited in the summer, the palette wasn’t as colorful, but it was still cool to see.

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

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

walking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Amazing!!!

Monday, June 12, 2017

More beautiful views and different angles

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

Short. Sweet trail with good view and payoff. I sat down next to a snake. I wasn't paying enough attention clearly.

Does not disappoint

hiking
Saturday, December 10, 2016

Very short trail along the south flank of Red Star Knoll.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

if you are into geology then go however my suggestion for others is the following : if you happen to be within 40 minutes of here, go otherwise it may not be worth it. I also agree with the "trail" comment; it is really just a path.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Awesome view from the top! I will be back :-)

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!

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!

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