Lower Imnaha Canyon

Joseph, Oregon

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A remote and spectacular road to the bottom of Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America. Incredible side canyons tower above the Wild and Scenic Imnaha River and adjacent creeks. A true adventure and the best drive in this book. Narrow, long, extremely curvy dirt road with some very steep and rather rough sections. A sign at the beginning of the drive claims that you need high clearance, which you do not (except in spring when creeks run across the road). The road is paved for 6 miles and dirt for 24 miles. Not only does this road offer the most breathtaking scenery of any trip in this book, but the drive retains a sense of primitive adventure, whereas the Steens and Hat Point roads have been “upgraded” in recent years, so that while still unpaved and incredibly beautiful, they aren’t very challenging. That is not the case here.
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by Art Bernstein (Wilderness Press)

A remote and spectacular road to the bottom of Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America. Incredible side canyons tower above the Wild and Scenic Imnaha River and adjacent creeks. A true adventure and the best drive in this book. Narrow, long, extremely curvy dirt road with some very steep and rather rough sections. A sign at the beginning of the drive claims that you need high clearance, which you do not (except in spring when creeks run across the road). The road is paved for 6 miles and dirt for 24 miles.

Not only does this road offer the most breathtaking scenery of any trip in this book, but the drive retains a sense of primitive adventure, whereas the Steens and Hat Point roads have been “upgraded” in recent years, so that while still unpaved and incredibly beautiful, they aren’t very challenging. That is not the case here.

©  Art Bernstein/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fishing, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Joseph
Distance: 60
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Access: Moderate to Difficult
Local Contacts: BLM Vale District
Local Maps: USGS Imnaha, Haas Hollow, Cactus Hollow
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Imnaha Canyon

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May 2018