PO Saddle Trailhead

  

View of a livestock feeding trough with pine trees in background

The PO Saddle Trailhead provides access to the Summit Ridge - Western Rim National Recreation Trail #1774 and the southern end of the Hells Canyon Wilderness. The facility is a combination trailhead and horse camp with sites for tents or pull-through truck and trailer camping. A spectacular view of the canyon is found across the road.

At a Glance

Reservations: No reservations are needed for this site.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees $5/vehicle/day
Open Season: July
Usage: Light
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. Wilderness Regulations apply within Hells Canyon Wildernes.
  • Motorized vehicles, bicycles, carts, hang glider and other mechanical equipment is prohibited in the Wilderness area.
Closest Towns: Enterprise, Oregon (57 miles); Halfway, Oregon (43 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Wallowa Mountains Office

General Information

Directions:

From Enterprise, Oregon travel south on Oregon State 82 towards Joseph for about 6.5 miles; In Joseph turn left on Oregon State 350 and go about 8 miles to the Wallowa Loop Road; Turn right on the Wallowa Loop Road (also known as the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway) and travel on this road which eventually becomes Forest Road 39 for about 31.5 miles (you will go past Blackhorse and Ollokot Campgrounds and cross over the Imnahah River) to Forest Road 3962; Turn left on Forest Road 3962 and go 2.2 miles to Forest Road 025; Turn right on Forest Road 025 and go 0.8 miles to Forest Road 3965; Turn left on Forest Road 3965 and go about 8 miles to the trailhead entrance on the left.

From Halfway, Oregon head east out of town for 1 mile on Record Road to Highway 86; Once on Highway 86 go 9 miles to Wallowa Loop Road (also known as Forest Road 39 and Hells Canyon Scenic Byway) towards Enterprise and Joseph; Turn left on the Wallowa Loop Road/Forest Road 39 and travel about 19.5 miles to Forest Road 3965 (This is the road to the Hells Canyon Overlook); On Forest Road 3965 (paved for first 3 miles to overlook) go 13 miles to trailhead entrance on left side of road. 

Note: There is a gate at the end of the road that is locked 3 days prior to deer rifle season (late September) through late June; check with the Wallowa Mountain Visitor Center for the exact dates of gate closure.


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Amenities

Toilets Vault toilets
Picnic tables At each campsite
Parking
Tent camping 10 campsites