If you’re going through hell
Keep on going, don’t slow down
If you’re scared, don’t show it
One of the cool places along the Idaho/Oregon border is the Hell’s Canyon National Recreation Area. 1,020 sq miles of adventure of wild and rugged beauty. This is the deepest river gorge in North America. Yes, even deeper than the Grand Canyon.
The Hells Canyon Wilderness lies 30 miles east of Enterprise and Joseph, Oregon and 10 miles west of Riggins, Idaho.
Somehow, I don’t remember ever visiting this place even though I grew up in Idaho. We drove into the area via Highway 71. So beautiful with the mountains and the Snake gleaming.
We took a side-trip up Highway 86 to find the Hells Canyon Overlook. Along the way we ran into this gal…
Taking Forest Road 3965 we enjoyed Pine Creek. There were several spots perfect for a picnic or even camping!
Three miles up Forest Road 490 we met our destination – the overlook!
What we didn’t expect was 40 degrees and wind! It was HOT when we left Cambridge, ID! So, our stay here was less than 5 minutes.
The river cannot be seen from this point – just the mile deep canyon. However, it’s awesome and worth the drive!
Beautiful Seven Devils Mountains
On the way back down the forest road there’s a spot alongside the road that had an amazing view. We stopped so I could take pictures.
Even though this trip took about 6 hours, it was worth it. We enjoyed the views, found a few places to camp and will definitely be back to spend more time!
Driving through this area…watch out for deer! They were EVERYWHERE…and they kept jumping in front our vehicle. Good thing we were paying attention.
The puppy was getting antsy, so we stopped to let the kids play. This park is along the Snake River. So it wasn’t long before they were at the water’s edge.
Suddenly Missy comes running, “Mom, bring your camera. Quick. You’re going to want to see this!” Ok…so I follow here, camera in hand. Are you ready for it?
I’m not sure WHY they think I wanted to see this…but I did…and I took the obligatory mom picture. Now if we can just identify it.
We said goodbye and made the trip back to our trailer. Another day of exploration done!