This route begins at the Priest Hole Recreation Site and campground on the banks of the John Day River and heads south to the town of Mitchell (17 miles; + 1730'), passing by the Painted Hills. The return route to Priest Hole goes through a dramatic canyon of basalt (26 miles; +1760). The total route is 43 miles with 3500' of climbing, and it is 33% unpaved. While the route could be done in one day, it also offers the possibility of an overnight stay in Mitchell. Additional miles could be added to the first day with a ride within the Painted Hills National Monument. About 27 miles of this route are part of the Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway.