Trail Report - Hells Canyon National Recreation Area in Oregon

This trail report provides the known conditions for the main summer recreation trails in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (HCNRA) in Oregon. It includes trails found in the HCNRA in Oregon along the Wild and Scenic Snake River, in the Hells Canyon Wilderness, and on the Wallowa Valley Ranger District outside of the HCNRA located east and north of Enterprise, Oregon.

A 'maintained' trail has been reviewed by a district recreation manager, the known hazards (e.g. rock slides, broken trees and branches) have been removed and annual maintenance tasks have been completed. A 'maintained' trail has been reviewed by the district recreation manager, the known hazards (e.g. rock slides, broken trees and branches) have been removed and annual maintenance tasks have been completed.

  • Any User Reports under “Conditions/Notes” in the following tables are not validated by Forest Service personnel; however information is shared for the benefit of all users.

  • Hazards and changing weather conditions may occur at any time so always be prepared for unplanned events. Typical conditions may include downed trees, high-water crossings, water and rock slides on trails, late spring or early fall snow storms on roads and trails.

  • Please be advised that late spring and early fall snow levels are ever changing and that roads and trails may be covered with snow. Contact your local Ranger District for the most current information on roads and trails.

Interactive Trails Map for Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

Interactive Trails Map for Eagle Cap Wilderness

Hells Canyon Wilderness Trails

 

 Trail Name Miles Trail Access

 Maintained:

Condition:
 Hat Point #1752  3.1  Hat Point Trailhead See above interactive trails map for details and date maintained.   
 Hells Canyon Reservoir #1890  4.8 Copper Creek Trailhead (BLM)
 
 
High #1751 36.6 Freezeout Trailhead or Hat Point Trailhead
 
 
 Reservoir Bench #1884  6.5 Buck Creek (NRA) Trailhead
 
 

Temperance Creek

#1778

11.2 Warnock Corral Trailhead

 

 
 Western Rim National Recreation Trail #1774  43 PO Saddle Trailhead, Saddle Creek Campground, Dug Bar Trailhead
 

REPORT 6/28/2022

TH to 1774/1763/Marks Cabin Trail jct:

Trail is in good condition. Expect a few logs to warlk around or step over. Trail is passable to stock. There are no water crossings. Water is available at Himmelwright Spring, Benjamin Spring & Saddle Creek in Squirrel Prairie.

*WATER FILTER needed and backup tablets recommended due to cows in the area.

REPORT 6/2/22

Dug Bar TH to Dug Ck to Deep Ck- open but impacted by cattle. muddy in spots. Deep Ck to Summit Ridge- lower half not traveled, heavy brush. Upper half impassable to all due to extremely heavy brush and down trees

Snake River and HCNRA Upland Trails

 Trail Name Miles Trail Access Maintained  Conditions:
Cow Creek #1699  13.6 Off Forest Road 4240 and 315                 See above interactive trails map for details and date maintained.  Low elevation trail typically accessible year round. 
Freezeout #1749 2.25 Freezeout Trailhead
 

REPORT 6/28/2022

TH to 1749/1763 jct: Trailis steep and in good condition. Cows are in the area. There are 3 water crossings which are passable.

Horse Creek #1710 8.6 Hat Point Road (Forest Road 4240)
 
 
Imnaha #1713 8.5 Cow Creek Trailhead
 
 
Indian Village Grove .5

Indian Village Grove FSR 46

 
 
Lightning Creek #1717 11 Off Forest Road 4240 and 315.
 
 
Nez Perce National Historic Trail #1727  7  Dug Bar Trailhead
 
Low elevation trail typically accessible year round.

Saddle Creek #1776

10.7 Freezeout Trailhead  

REPORT 5/26/22

TH to High Trail jct- good condition, passable to stock, one large P pine across trail after second creek crossing, but passable.

High Trail to Hat Creek- trail is in good condition has been brushed and logged. water is available in many of the creeks currently

Snake River #1726  46.6 Dug Bar Trailhead
 
Low elevation trail typically accessible year round.

Tulley Creek

#1724

  Buckhorn Overlook

 

 

Wallowa Valley Trails

Trail Name Miles Trail Access Maintained as of: Condition as of:
Chico #1658   4.5  Chico Trailhead         
6/28/17
No
No recent trail reports.
Davis Creek #1660  5.6  Chico Trailhead
6/28/17
No
No recent trail reports.
Swamp Creek #1678  7.7  Chico Trailhead
6/28/17
No
No recent trail reports.