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43 – Hells Canyon Overlook

Hells Canyon Overlook is a popular spot for visitors to see Hells Canyon from above. It’s located at 5,400 feet and offers views of McGraw Creek, Hells Canyon, and the Seven Devils Mountains.

The overlook has a paved parking lot, bathrooms, signs, and a picnic area.

More Information

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/wallowa-whitman/recarea/?recid=51943


Coordinates: 45.12397, -116.83611
Elevation: 5557 ft
Difficulty: 1
What to Expect: No info

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Trent01

Spectacular view. My first time seeing the Seven Devils from Oregon.

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GSA
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LisaK

I reached the overlook by way of Kleindschmidt Grade on the Idaho side, crossed the river at Oxbow, then downriver to Homestead and up Hess Road. Hess has a few ruts and rocks, so that might raise the difficulty level just a bit. Glad I brought the little bike today for that section. As always, the view is beautiful up here and it leaves you wanting to explore in every direction. Ran out of time to go to Imnaha, so I’ll catch that next time.

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XT250
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oldnut

Rode to Hell’s Canyon Dam Visitors site, up the FS39 to Spend the night at Ollokot Campground and stopped at the Overlook on the way back. Always impresses with vast views. I enjoy asking fellow visitors their origins and this time met Massachusettsans and Bellinghamians.

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2012 BMW GS
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chatty

Third time lucky! First two times I got within 3 miles!

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Norden
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englund

Nice view

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Dr650
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Dan Huff

Road 39 is clear of snow. The windy paved route is a lot of fun on any motorcycle. Nice view into Hell’s Canyon.

What bike did you take?
KTM 890R
Ride Difficulty (1 to 5)
1
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