Hat Point Overlook and Day Use Area

Mountain and canyon view from Hat Point

Located on the ridgeline above Hells Canyon the Hat Point Overlook and Day Use Area offers fantastic views of the canyon and the Wild and Scenic Snake River. The site has interpretive panels about the canyon and scenic views of the canyon below. A climb up the fire lookout tower allows better views of the river and rugged canyon landscape.

Hat Point Trailhead

Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

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At a Glance

Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Accessible, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: No fees for this site.
Open Season: July
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. Motorized vehicles, bicycles, carts, hang glider and other mechanical equipment is prohibited in the Wilderness area.
Closest Towns: Enterprise, Oregon (59 miles); Imnaha, Oregon (23 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
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 about 21 miles on Forest Road 2640 (Hat Point Road) to Forest Road 315. Forest Road 315 is about 0.5 miles past the Memaloose Guard Station and Airstrip; Turn right on Forest Road 315 and go 1.5 miles to the day use entrance on the right side of the road.

ADVISORY: Forest Road 2640 is very steep, and narrow. Low clearance vehicles, RVs and vehicles pulling trailers are advised to use caution when traveling the lower 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

Viewing Scenery

Interpretive Areas



Interpretive Site: Displays of Hells Canyon
Picnic tables: At site
Parking: Trailer and RV parking
Toilets: Accessible vault toilets
Accessible: Accessible vault toilets and paths

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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6980 feet