Driving Distance: 4hr 28min (232mi)


Trail Distance:  30 mi

Elevation Gain: 1,660 ft

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Permit(s) Required: None

Description:  This is a three- to four-day loop backpack in the Hells Canyon Wilderness and National Recreation Area provides a great overview of Hells Canyon Wilderness scenery. The habitat is varied, steep and rugged one minute, then gentle the next, draped in trees at times, open to the scorching sun at others. Careful for Poison oak along the lower reaches of both Saddle and Sluice creeks, as well as the Snake River. Also, watch for rattlesnakes in summer months. Be prepared for a lot of elevation gain and loss. Special attractions include wide vistas of Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America and abundant wildlife, and wildflowers.

Guide Review: Coming

Gear List:

  • Waterbottle
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Rain Jacket (October-May)
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Fleece Pants
  • Tent
  • Stove
  • Plenty of food
  • Bear can
  • Toliet Paper and Trowel
  • Good Hiking Shoes
  • Camera

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