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Jul 8, 2013 - Hat Point Overlook - Hells Canyon

This overlook was recommended to me by the rangers. It was a long drive (about 50 miles) to get to the entrance to the road and then that was gravel for another 24 miles and very dusty. Buddy hung out the back window and between his drool and the dust “painted” the car brown. Later when filling the car with gas, someone asked if Buddy "tossed his cookies" on the outside of the car, I said no and that it is a new "paint pattern". The main overlook included a fire watch tower. There was a sign on a gate that stated if the gate was open two...

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Aug 22, 2012 - Playing Catch Up

I'm going to do a little back tracking here. While we were in Wallowa (before our frig went out & we had to leave for Eugene), Pete & I along with Sadie took a drive up to the Hells Canyon Overlook (that was on Aug.2nd). So here are just a photos from that area.

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Jun 27, 2012 - Beautiful Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

We knew today was going to be a long outing, so we were up early and then out of the door promptly at 8:00, first stop to get gas and a bit of fuel for us too to eat along the drive. We immediately got on I-84 heading up through Cabbage Hill pass in the Blue Mountains to our turn off in La Grande taking us to Hells Canyon through the beautiful Wallowa Mountains. We reached our turn off approximately 50 miles east of Pendleton and went through one quaint town after another; Imbler, Elgin, Minam, Lostine, Enterprise and finally Wallowa....

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Sep 8, 2011 - Hell's Canyon

After leaving Idaho I skimmed the eastern edge of Washington on my journey into Oregon and the Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area. Hell's Canyon straddles Oregon and Idaho with the Snake River cutting through the canyon and forming the border of the two states. My visit to this area turned out to be one of the biggest surprises of my trip because I had honestly never heard of it until I was in Idaho. When you see the size of the canyon it's hard to believe that it isn't better know. There are some serious stretches of white water along...

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Ripsy Walkabout

Aug 6, 2011 - Hells Canyon

Today was a fantastic day. Left around 7:30am drove about 45 minutes to a nice place for a great breakfast. Then continued toward Hells Canyon. What a fantastic place, we drove for about 1 1/2 hours along the Snake River. The Snake River as it approaches the southern end of Hells Canyon, is the deepest river-carved gorge in North America. The river is carved as much as 8,000 feet deep in some places. The 652,488-acre Hells Canyon National Recreation Area contains some of the country’s most unique scenery, plants, wildlife and...

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Jul 24, 2010 - Hell's Canyon NRA

Jul. 24 Hell’s Canyon, ID We drove as far as Cambridge, ID. I had called an RV park in White Bird and the host said there wasn’t a road into Hell’s Canyon from there. We’d have to take a 5 hour raft trip to see the canyon. So we parked the camper in the tiny town in front of the closed bank on the main street of the town. We thought it would be safe there and took the car up Rt. 71 into the area before the canyon. We came to Brownlee Dam and the road crossed over into OR. We followed the canyon and the Snake River north to the next dam,...

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Oct 11, 2008 - To Hell and back

From McCall we had a day out travelling to the remote Hells Canyon. Hells Canyon is a 10 mile wide canyon and is the deepest river gorge in the North America with a depth of 7,993 feet. After travelling south for nearly fifty miles to the small hamlet of Cambridge we then headed north through hills and deep gorges passing the Brownlee and Oxbow dams to the Hells Canyon Dam and overlook –a further 60 miles! Well it was certainly a spectacular journey and well worth the time and effort. Along the journey the views were just stunning –the...

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Aug 29, 2008 - Joseph, Oregon and Hell's Canyon

Joseph is the closest town to Hell's Canyon Recreation Area in Oregon. It's a pretty town, lots of horses, no traffic lights. Our first outing was to Hat Point, where one can see the Snake River from 6,000 feet above. At Hat Point, there is a ranger's fire tower that is closed off. Airplanes do most of the work, nowadays. The view of the Snake River and the Seven Devils is still awesome. We didn't take any pictures of the craggy peaks on the Oregon side of the canyon, because it looks better when you have a chart showing their names, He...

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