Snake River Trail

Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Oregon

Elevation Gain5,515ft
Trailhead Elevation1,178ft
Elevation Min/Max1142/1667ft
Elevation Start/End1178/1178ft

Snake River Trail

Snake River Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Oregon and Idaho. It is within Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. It is 4.8 miles long and begins at 1,178 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,515 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The trail ends near the Kirkwood Ranch museum and the Kirkwood Ranch camp site.

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Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons (Wilderness Press)
Douglas Lorain
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"No matter how much you’ve heard about it before you go, nothing can really prepare you for the awesome depth and breathtaking scenery of Hells Canyon. From river level, the view extends up a mind-boggling 8,000 feet to the craggy heights of Idaho’s Seven Devils Mountains. Across the river, the Summit Ridge is not as high, but it’s still more than a vertical mile up from the Snake River to Hat Point, the highest point on the Oregon side."

Snake River Trail Trip Reports

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I've run this trail a few times now. It's one of my all-time favorites and worth the 3 hour drive to get to it.

I've covered 15 miles out to Sheep Creek, and though there are a few technical spots, this portion of the trail is runnable.

If you have problems with heights, the full trail may not be for you. There are a couple steep, high cliffs that the trail crosses a few miles in. Horses seem to make it, but one of my running partners was forced to turn back when vertigo set in at one point.
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Great trail, well mantained. If you want to be out in the wilderness away from people this is not the trail for you, but if you would like to see breath taking views of the Snake River and the shear faces of the deepest canyon in the US (Hells Canyon) this is an awesome trail. Extemely hot in the summer months and you will have to drink warm water. Very nice camp sites, watch out for poison Ivy, Rattlers, Cactus and Ticks.
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Some spectacular views and lots of wildlife. Went early season (mid-May), so the Poison Ivy and ticks were especially bad. You have to like heat to want to hike this trail. This place can get HOT in the Summer, with not too much good shade in most places. The good thing is, you always have the Snake river close by for a dip. I personally prefer a more forested type of trail, but this was a good early-season choice while waiting for those to thaw out.

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Trail Information

Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
Nearby City
Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Riggins Office, 208-628-3916
Local Contacts
USFS Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and Wilderness
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