Trails at the Painted Hills

A person walks on a boardwalk next to a bare red hill.
Boardwalk at the Painted Cove.

The Painted Hills Unit has a total of five trails, each with their own parking area. Directional signs along Bear Creek Road point the way to each trailhead. (Note: The Red Scar Knoll Trail is called Red Hill on the road signs.)

The Carroll Rim Trail is 1.6 miles / 2.6 km roundtrip. The trail climbs over 400 feet (120 m) of elevation to a panorama view of the Painted Hills.

The Painted Hills Overlook Trail is 0.5 mile / 0.8 km roundtrip. This fairly level trail follows an old road and offers further distinctive views of the Painted Hills.

The Painted Cove Trail is 0.25 mile / 0.4 km roundtrip. The Painted Cove is an amazing color palette of vibrant rocks. A portion of this trail features a level boardwalk to cross over sensitive soils.

The Leaf Hill Trail is 0.25 mile / 0.4 km roundtrip. Leaf Hill has been extensively excavated and studied by paleontologists. Interpretive signs along the trail explain more of its history.

The Red Scar Knoll Trail is 0.25 mile / 0.4 km roundtrip. This mostly level trail leads to a hill of bright yellow and red clays. This trailhead is called Red Hill on the road signs.

Last updated: January 19, 2018

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