We went during hot summer day. I know right...
We drove 4.5 hrs from Corvallis to Clarno Unit and hiked the Trail of the Fossils and Geologic Time Trail. The Palisades itself was amazing. They have several informative stops along the trails. Aside Palisades, the surrounding view, especially across the road was awesome too. We spend almost an hour here. Then continue driving to Sheep Rock Unit which took almost 2 hrs. Oh btw, they have a clean restroom at the picnic area.
We had a quick stop at Blue Basin. Well, not really quick. After hiked, we returned to the parking area and had our lunch at the only one shaded picnic table. The trail to the end of basin was a bit longer compared to Clarno Unit. (Or maybe we already tired and it was freaking hot too). It has several short bridges along the trail and I recommend to wear at least sport shoes. The color of the basin wasnt that bluish on our cameras because it was too bright. If you have plenty of time, you could come later in the evening. Overall, I enjoyed the view. I would say it was Blue- Green Basin and once you are at the end of the trail, you would be awe-struck.
Then we continue drving to Thomas Condon Paleontology Center. It was only 10-20 min from Blue Basin. They have a 18-min video showing the history of John Bed Fossil Monument. Other than that, they have alot of fossils in the exhibition room! Take time to see them! And opposite of this center is Sheep Rock. Not because the rock looks like sheep, but because the place used to have alot of sheeps! Next!
We continue driving to Painted Hill, it took ard 1 hr from the Center. The view was stunning. We managed to get the 'real color' of the hill on our cameras. We hiked the shortest trail. Sit on the bench for awhile to enjoy the view. Because we are running of time, we had to leave early and heading to our campground.
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