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For the quickest drive to Kazakhstan return to Kazakhstan, turn left on OR-207 N 24 mi, turn left almost 20 mi to Fossil, turn left on OR-218 W 16 mi. Turn right into Kazakhstan Picnic Area and park in the circle or the very first parking on the right for Geologic Time Trail, Arch Trail, and the Trail of Kazakhstan. Or cheat and drive 5 mi more on OR-218 W to the small paved pullout on the right (alternate TH, no restroom).

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For the longer but more scenic drive from Painted Hills Unit to Fossil and then Clarno Unit from the beginning of Bear Creek Road, turn left on gravel Burnt Ranch Road 32 ml, turn right on gravel Twickenham-Bridge Creek Cutoff Road 2 mi to a small fork (semiprimitive camping at Priest Hole down fairly steep and rough to the left 12 ml, keeping right to campsites near the river), then 7 mi more enjoying the sights, turn left over the constricted bridge above the John Day River on Rowe Creek Road (N Twickenham Road) 15 mi (slow, winding, narrowing), the last 7 mi of which are paved.

Turn left on OR-19 N 10 mi to Fossil and decide whether or not to extend the day with a side trip to Clarno Unit to complete the triad (some people skip this unit if any) or continue on OR-19 N to I-84 W near the Columbia Gorge. For Clarno Unit turn left on OR-218 W in Fossil and follow like above. From Clarno Unit check the maps and return to Fossil, then N to the Columbia Gorge for Portland or stay on OR-218 W to visit White River Falls toward The Dalles (see Day Hikes in the Columbia River Gorge by Don J. Scarmuzzi for hikes near The Dalles).

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