Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge, encompasses a vast and remote region in Idaho and Oregon and features dramatic changes in elevation, terrain, climate and vegetation. This national showcase contains acres of beauty and adventure, where one’s senses can run as wild as the landscape. The recreation area offers scenic vistas, world-class whitewater boating, fishing, spectacular mountain peaks and vast reaches of remote wilderness.

Things To Know

  • The latitude and longitude on the map point to the south entrance accessed via the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway from Council, ID on Highway 71.
  • Recreation season in the lower section of the wilderness usually begins in early spring and runs through late November.
  • Winter storms and summer thunderstorms are common along the canyonlands and mountain ridges.
  • The trail system mostly follows old Forest Service access routes to fires and stock trails used by ranchers to move livestock to remote salting areas and watering holes.
  • Many trails follow ridges and traverse moderate slopes and benchlands with ease while others track steep slopes.
  • These major trailheads can be accessed from Riggins: -Black Lake Campground (Trail #214) -Heaven's Gate Trailhead (Trail #101) -Windy Saddle Trailhead and Windy Saddle Horse Camp (Trail #124) -Snake River Trailhead (Trail #102)