This information provided by USDA Forest Service
From P.O Saddle to 1/2 mile south of Marks Cabin, you will be hiking along the ridgetop on an old dirt road. You will find plenty of dispersed campsites along the way. This trail offers a panoramic view of the Seven Devil Mountains to the east and the Eagle Cap Wilderness to the west. Take a side trip to Barton Heights and view Hells Canyon Dam and the mighty Snake River. Continuing on the Summit Ridge Trail #1774, you will see nature at work when you travel through the Himmelwright Spring and Freezeout fire. You can see life emerging from the fertile ground where the fires once raged. Continue on the ridgetop to Jim Springs where the trail intersects with the Hat Point Road #4240. Wildflowers carpet the forest floor in the spring. Elk, bear, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and many other species of birds and animals are common here.
A Northwest Forest Pass is required at P.O. Saddle Trailhead. Ten camp sites are available at P.O. Saddle. They are suitable for tent camping or pull-through truck and trailer camping. There are vault toilets and fire rings available in addition to hitch rails, a stock loading ramp,stock water, corrals and ample parking. After the first mile the trail is open to foot and stock travel only, since it is in the Hells Canyon Wilderness Area.
Directions: From Joseph, OR, Take State Highway #350 Drive approximately 8 miles, turn right on to Road #39 (Wallowa Mountain Loop Road) Go approximately 31.5 miles, turn left at Forest Road #3965 (Hells Canyon Overlook) which is a paved 2-lane road for approximately three miles and then continue past the Hells Canyon Overlook on a gravel road until you reach P.O. Saddle, approximately 7 miles from Hells Canyon Overlook.
Distance: 22 miles
Usage: Light during the spring,
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