Painted Hills, Oregon

Over the Memorial Day weekend my best friend, Sydney, and I drove to central Oregon into the high desert to go see the Painted Hills.

It was breath taking and the camping trip alone was fun and full of odd events, which is normal when Sydney and I go on road trips.

We drove through Ochoco National Forest the first night and camped out in the small town of Mitchell. You literally set up camp in their city park. Mitchell is a very small town, but very welcoming and was a really wonderful place to camp at for the night.

The next morning Syd and I drove to the Painted Hills and hiked all over the place. I would suggest wearing shoes you don’t mind getting red clay all over, because it will stick and it will feel like you have five pound weights on your shoes. All the trails were very easy to hike and gave way to gorgeous views of the red and yellow hills. Other than the occasional cry of a coyote and meeting other hikers, it felt like we were on another planet.

After our morning trip we drove back a bit down the road and found a free campground to stay at for our final night. We quickly found out that the local farmers bring their cows there to drink from the river. It ended up being a nice surprise because there was hay everywhere which was perfect for starting our fire.

We went back out to the Painted Hills two more times, once when the sun came out, and then at sunset.

Hope you enjoy the photos, and if you’re thinking about visiting the Painted Hills I would highly suggest it!

Driving into the High Desert

Sunset While Driving Through the Desert

Raining While Driving Through the High Desert

Morning Fire in Mitchell

Rocky Outcropping in the High Desert in Oregon

Driving Through the High Desert in Central Oregon

Sydney's Jeep at Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Wild Flowers at Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Wildflowers and the Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Shrubbery in the High Desert in Central Oregon

Hiking Trail at Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Sydney on a Hiking Trail at Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Sign at Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Sydney Enjoying the View of the Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Bench at Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Panorama of Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Goodbye For Now to the Painted Hills

Driving Arounf to Find More Painted Hills Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail at Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Hiking Trail at Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Red Hill at Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Sydney Hiking at Red Hill in Central Oregon

Black and White Photo of Sydney Hiking at Red Hill in Central Oregon

Shrubbery Growing Out of the Clay at Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Dead Trees on a Hiking Trail at Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Plant Roots at Painted Hills in Central Oregon

End of Trail Sign While Hiking in Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Sydney Setting Up the Tent

Dirty Shoes After Getting the Campsite Set Up

Sunny Camping Day in the High Desert in Central Oregon

Enjoying the Campfire in Central Oregon

Smoke from the Campfire in Central Oregon

Campfire Smoke in the Trees

Branches of the Tree We Camped Under in the High Desert

Heading Back to Painted Hills After the Sun Came Out

Sydney in Front of the Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Sydney Sitting in Front of the Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Scenery While Hiking Through Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Painted Hills Landscape in Central Oregon

Colors of the Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Two Little Bushes on a Hill at Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Panorama of the Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Driving Back to Camp in Central Oregon

Exploring the Campsite in Central Oregon

Sydney Collecting Firewood in the High Desert

Shrubbery in the High Desert in Central Oregon

Sunset Starting at Painted Hills in Central Oregon

Double Rainbow by the Campsite at Sunset in Central Oregon

Sunset at Painted Hills in Central Oregon

 

 

Painted Hills in Central Oregon at Night

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