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Snake River National Recreation Trail #102


Recreation trail going along a grassy slope with Snake River in background

The Snake River National Recreation Trail (#102) winds it way along the Idaho side of the Wild and Scenic Snake River deep in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. Beginning at the Snake River Trailhead near Pittsburg Landing, the trail goes across rocky slopes, under cliffs and along grassy canyons eventually ending at Brush Creek. This trail provides access to side trails that enter Hells Canyon Wilderness.

Advisory: Most of the trails Hells Canyon are in rattlesnake and poison ivy country! Water on the trail is scarce and unsafe to drink if not previously treated.

Difficulty level:
Many sections of the trail are 'more difficult' due to short steep sections, uneven rocky surface and narrow sections against rock outcrops.

ALERT: Two rockslides on Bernard Creek Trail #58 above McGaffee Cabin have left the trail unpassable for stock and unsafe for hikers.

At a Glance

Reservations: No reservations are needed for this site.
Fees No fee.
Open Season: Year-round
Busiest Season: Mid-April- early May
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. This trail is not in a wilderness area, however many side trails do go into wilderness where Wilderness Regulations apply 
  • Motorized vehicles, bicycles, carts, hang glider and other mechanical equipment is prohibited in the Wilderness area
Closest Towns: White Bird, Idaho (19 miles); Riggins, Idaho (45 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Wallowa Mountains Office

General Information


Directions for getting to the main access for this trail are found on the Snake River Trailhead webpage.

Advisory: the Deer Creek Road and Forest Road 493 are a steep, narrow winding paved gravel roads



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  Area/Length : 
35.9 miles

  Elevation : 
1200 - 1900


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