Hell Canyon Trail (Trail #32). The trailhead for this 5.3 mile loop trail is located approximately 13.5 miles west of Custer on Highway 16. The Hell Canyon Trail is maintained for hikers, horseback riders, and bicycles. No motorized use is allowed.
The first 1/2 mile of trail climbs at a steep pitch with only one switchback before it reaches the limestone crest. The trail becomes easier as it follows a bench below the cliffs. It provides outstanding views of Hell Canyon and the surrounding area. The last two miles of trail travel through the bottom of the Hell Canyon drainage, passing the foundations of a CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp) camp. The entire Hell Canyon Trail area was burnt during the Jasper Fire in 2000.
Allow approximately 2-4 hours to travel the loop trail. Difficulty Rating: Moderate.
The Hell Canyon Trail is a great place to go birding, especially during the breeding season in May and June.