Imnaha River Trail

Joseph, Oregon 97846

Imnaha River Trail

Imnaha River Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Imnaha River rises in the snowfields of the Wallowa Mountains and quickly descends from the high country into an impressive, 5000-footdeep, semi-arid canyon. In fact, were it not for Hells Canyon next door, this chasm would rank as one of the natural wonders of North America. The river’s last 4 miles lead through an incredibly rugged defile to Eureka Bar, at the remote confluence of the Imnaha and Snake rivers, where the remains of an old mining town add a bit of history to the neck-craning scenery.

For a few weeks in 1899, this boomtown had a population of 2000 hardy miners, but as often happened with such communities, the precious ores did not last, so by 1906 the place was a ghost town. Although you will be tempted to spend all of your time looking up at the rugged, reddish brown cliffs enclosing this chasm, don’t forget to look down as well. Two potential boot-level hazards will demand your attention: rattlesnakes, which are fairly common here, and poison ivy, which crowds the trail and forces those who are particularly allergic to skip this hike."

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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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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
4 hours (day hike or backpack)
Late March to November (avoid midsummer heat)
USFS Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
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