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Cold Day in Hell('s Canyon) (May 2019)

Hell's Canyon straddles the border between Oregon and Idaho, but neither allows easy access to the depths of this great gorge. Carved by the waters of the Snake River, which flows more than a mile below the canyon's west rim on the Oregon side and 7,400 feet below the peaks of Idaho's Seven Devils Mountains range to the east, then inaccessibility of this region is a major draw.

Come along as we explore Buckhorn Lookout, eventually making our way through Zumwalt Prairie down into the quaint town of Inmaha. From there we venture up - to Hat Point, and then down - to Dug Bar, going as far as we can by truck before hoofing it on foot to the confluence of the Snake and Imnaha Rivers at Eureka Bar. A finale at the Hell's Canyon Dam - the only part of the trip where we venture out of Oregon capped this amazing trip!

 

Cold Day in Hell('s Canyon) Day 1 (May 2019) Cold Day in Hell('s Canyon) Part 1 (May 2019) - Summer in the Pacific Northwest is hard to beat. So, I wouldn't blame you for wondering why - with a week of sun and 75°F in store before Memorial Day - we were headed for the inclimate weather of the Oregon-Idaho border and Hells Canyon. So let's start there. In…
toyota tacoma in mud puddle Hells Canyon Part 2 - Zumwalt Prairie to Hat Point - It was a chilly night at 5300', but our strategic position behind the ridge line meant that we were unaffected by the bulk of the wind - a knit cap enough to keep me cozy, and @mrs.turbodb wanting only for her earplugs in the morning when the birds started singing.…
toyota tacoma in hells canyon Hells Canyon Part 3 - Dug Bar, "Gold Mines," and Horses - May 23, 2019. (still) Had we blinked as we passed through Imnaha, we might have missed it as we set out down Lower Imnaha Road. The first six miles of this road are paved, but we'd been warned by 100 Hikes / Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon that beyond that point we were…
Hells Canyon Part 4 - Eureka Bar and a Miscalculation Hells Canyon Part 4 - Eureka Bar and a Miscalculation - May 24, 2019. We once again slept well - the rushing river providing a nice white noise through the dry night. In a canyon, I knew there was no rush to get up for the sunrise, and it was late (for us) before we even considered pulling ourselves out of…

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