Hells Canyon National Recreation Area / Eagle Cap Wilderness

Trail Maintenance Priority Area #3





  • Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Oregon
  • Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, Idaho
  • Payette National Forest, Idaho

A picture of three forest workers moving a large log out of the way.

Remarkable landscapes in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area / Eagle Cap Wilderness Priority Area are accessed by 1,251 miles of motorized and non-motorized trails. The trails wind through the deepest river canyon in North America, the remote alpine terrain of the Seven Devil’s mountain range, and over 350,000 acres in the Eagle Cap Wilderness—the largest designated wilderness in Oregon.

Regular wind events and frequent wildfires have increased degradation in the area and led to some impassible trails and public concerns about safety.

Multiple partner and volunteer groups are crucial to maintaining trails and access into this area. The Nez Perce and Wallowa Whitman National Forests are working with partner and volunteer groups to develop a maintenance plan.

Download a map of the trail maintenance priority area (PDF)

Examples of Trail Maintenance Needs

  • Remove hazard trees and blowdowns
  • Remove overgrown brush
  • Conduct general trail maintenance
  • Complete trail reconstruction and reroutes
  • Improve community access to public land
  • Repair and replace drainage structures
  • Repair and replace trail bridges, puncheons, and turnpikes

Several horses with saddle packs and a couple riders, trekking down a rocky trail.

Our Partners

Partners supporting this priority area include:

  • Wilderness Volunteers
  • American Hiking Society
  • Sierra Club
  • Blue Mountain Back Country Riders
  • Eagle Cap Nordic Club
  • Wallowa County Gamblers
  • Wallowa Mountains Hells Canyon Trails Association
  • County of Wallowa
  • Eastern Oregon University
  • Back Country Horsemen of Oregon
  • Oregon Hunters Association
  • Wallowa County Pilots Association
  • Idaho Aviation Association
  • Oregon Equestrian Trails
  • Clearwater Basin Collaborative
  • Hells Canyon Recreation Collaborative

Learn More & Get Involved

To know more about trail maintenance efforts in this priority area, contact:

Wallowa Whitman National Forest
Phone: (541) 523-6391

Payette National Forest
Phone: (208) 634-0700

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
Phone: (208) 935-2513

Kent Wellner, Regional Trail Leader
Email: kent.wellner@usda.gov
Phone: (406) 329-3150