Thomas Condon Overlook Trail
ElevationAscent: 47' 14 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 2,337' 712 m
Low: 2,289' 698 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
“A short trail out to an overlook with great views of Sheep Rock and the John Day River Valley.”— David Hitchcock
The trail is lined with tall grasses and small shrubs common to this area. When you get to the end of the trail, there are sweeping views of the paleontology/visitor center, Sheep Rock, Picture Gorge, and the John Day River, which cuts through the area.
At sunset, the light illuminates the hills and trees found along the river. Depending on the time of year, you might be able to see bald eagles sitting in the trees above the river or soaring above the hills. Even though it is a short trail, the views are worth the short visit.
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Land Manager: NPS - John Day Fossil Beds