Imnaha River Trail

Imnaha, Oregon

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Hells Canyon is an arid world of sun-baked, terraced rock and sagebrush. This area feels more like the Canyonlands of Utah than the Pacific Northwest. Imnaha River Trail winds through a beautiful high-walled gorge to the Snake River at Eureka Bar. Foundations and mine shafts are all that is left of the historic mining town of Eureka. The single-track ride has terrain that is fairly level, but advanced technical skills are needed for the rocky ups and downs. There are some steep drop-offs, and brush (including lots of poison ivy) encroaches on the trail. The journey to reach the start of this trail is as much of an adventure as the ride itself. FS Road 4260 is 13 miles of rugged, one-lane gravel road. It is steep, rocky, twisty and narrow and has virtually no pullouts. Cow Creek Bridge is located approximately 20 miles north of Imnaha, a tiny community in northeastern Oregon.
Mountain Bike! Oregon

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Mountain Bike! Oregon

by Laurie & Chris Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

Hells Canyon is an arid world of sun-baked, terraced rock and sagebrush. This area feels more like the Canyonlands of Utah than the Pacific Northwest. Imnaha River Trail winds through a beautiful high-walled gorge to the Snake River at Eureka Bar. Foundations and mine shafts are all that is left of the historic mining town of Eureka. The single-track ride has terrain that is fairly level, but advanced technical skills are needed for the rocky ups and downs.

There are some steep drop-offs, and brush (including lots of poison ivy) encroaches on the trail. The journey to reach the start of this trail is as much of an adventure as the ride itself. FS Road 4260 is 13 miles of rugged, one-lane gravel road. It is steep, rocky, twisty and narrow and has virtually no pullouts. Cow Creek Bridge is located approximately 20 miles north of Imnaha, a tiny community in northeastern Oregon.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Imnaha
Distance: 8.4
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Good early and late season trip, avoid when wet
Trailhead Elevation: 1,200 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area 541-426-5546
Local Maps: USGS Cactus Mountain and Deadhorse Ridge
Driving Directions: Directions to Imnaha River Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/22/2004
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7/14/2000
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This is a good trail if you are camping at the Hells Canyon area near Imnaha. To get to this trail is an adventure in itself. Don't bring dads SUV unless you mean to really use it. The trail has the most Blackberries I have ever seen. Marty, my daughter and I had blood running down our arms and legs. It was still worth the ride. This IS NOT a near to home ride. Bring everything!! The Snake River was wonderful to soak in after the ride out. Have fun and go when the berries are ripe. They are the size of your thumb.



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