Heaven's Gate Trailhead

Area Status: Open
Cars and trucks parked at a mountain trailhead

The Heaven's Gate Trailhead is located below Heaven's Gate Viewpoint near the Hells Canyon Wilderness. Visitors to the site can enjoy a short hike up to the fire lookout viewpoint on the Heaven's Gate National Recreation Trail, or walk along the northern portion of the Boise Trail (#101) and look down into Hells Canyon.

The Boise Trail #101 provides access to Hells Canyon Wilderness via the Old Timer Trail #110 junction north of Heaven's Gate Trailhead.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Conditions
Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Toilets,Parking
Fees: No fee required.
Open Season: Late June
Usage: Light-Medium
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: Riggins, Idaho (20 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Riggins- Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

General Information


From Riggins, Idaho travel south on Highway 95 for 1.3 miles to Seven Devils Road (becomes Forest Road 517); Turn right on Seven Devils Road and go 18 miles to the end of the road; The Heaven's Gate Trailhead Gate is about 1.5 miles past the Windy Saddle Trailhead.

ADVISORY: Forest Road 517 is very steep, and narrow. Low clearance vehicles, RVs and vehicles pulling trailers are not recommened or advised to use caution when traveling the upper sections of this road. The road can also be slippery when wet or frozen and is not recommended for trailers in the late fall and winter.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking


Trailhead can be used to access the Boise Trail #101 north and south


Parking: Limited for 6-8 vehicles
Toilets: Accessible vault toilet
Accessible: Vault toilet and parking area

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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