Freezeout Trailhead

Area Status: Open
Large trail parking lot with trucks and a toilet building

Freezeout Trailhead is one of the early season routes into the Hells Canyon Recreation Area and Hells Canyon Wilderness due to the low elevation of the saddle. This moderate sized trailhead accommodates trucks with stock trailers and has a stock loading ramp, hitch rails, and stock water. 

Freezeout Trailhead Signage

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Conditions
Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Toilets,Parking
Fees: $5/vehicle/day, or Northwest Forest Pass, or any form of the America the Beautiful National Pass
Open Season: April
Usage: Medium-Heavy
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: Joseph, Oregon (45 miles); Imnaha, Oregon (15 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


From Enterprise, Oregon travel south 6 miles on Highway 82 towards Joseph; In Joseph turn left on Highway 350 and go 30 miles to Imnaha, Oregon; In Imnaha travel south on County Road 727 for about 12.5 miles to Forest Road 4230; Turn left on Forest Road 4230 and go about 3 miles to the trailhead.

Advisory: Forest Road 4230 is a narrow road with few turnouts for larger vehicles or those with trailers.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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Parking: Truck and trailer parking
Toilets: Accessible vault toilet

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3560 feet