Hells Canyon Roads - Oregon Scenic Drives

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The Wallowa Mountain Road
(Forest Road 39) is a five-hour scenic tour from Baker City to La Grande through many pleasant valley communities and over steep winding roads through the Wallowa Mountains. This two-lane paved road (except for a short segment of one lane paved roadway) provides the easiest access to the rim of Hells Canyon at the Hells Canyon Overlook via Forest Road 3965.

The Hat Point Road
(Forest Road 4240) begins at Imnaha and climbs the sheer cliffs of the Imnaha River canyon along a narrow, steep, single-lane gravel road on its way to the breathtaking vista at Hat Point Overlook. You'll need a full day to complete this drive.

The Imnaha River Road
(Forest Roads 3960 and 3955) follows the Wild and Scenic Imnaha River, Enjoy a picnic, hike to the "Blue Hole" from the Indian Crossing campground, or visit a fish weir for anadromous salmon. Allow a half day to explore this beautiful area along the two-lane graveled Imnaha River Road.

The Snake River Road
between Oxbow Crossing and Hells Canyon Dam takes you deep into the canyon. This two-lane paved road is flanked by steep walls that rise from the dark blue water of Hells Canyon Reservoir and the beginning of the Wild and Scenic Snake River. Stop below the Hells Canyon Dam to begin a river trip or enjoy the view, visit the Hells Canyon Creek Information Station (in summer months). Enjoy camping or boating along the Snake River Reservoir. Allow three hours from Baker City, Enterprise, or Cambridge to the Hells Canyon Dam.

Heavens Gates Overlook
is thought by many to be the best view into Hells Canyon from Idaho. From the south end of Riggins, allow a half day to reach the overlook on a very steep and winding gravel road (Forest Road 517).

The Pittsburg landing Road
(Forest Road 493) is a narrow, steep, gravel road to the Snake River within Hells Canyon. Once an expansive Native American village site, today Pittsburg landing is popular for river access and camping From White Bird, allow a half day to visit Pittsburg landing.

The Dug Bar Road
(Forest Road 4260) is as rugged as it is beautiful. Recommended only for high clearance or four-wheel drive vehicles, this steep, narrow, one-lane dirt road is an all-day adventure to the Snake River from Imnaha.


Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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