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David Byerley reviewed Snake River Trail
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BackpackingOff trail

First. Very scenic. Hiked in late September. Perfect temperature. But .... there is no trail south (upriver) of Suicide Point. We were dropped off at Granite Creek and we are experienced off trail folks. You need to be. The trail mostly follows river, yes, but was completely overgrown with grasses on long +1 mile bars. Normally not a problem but rattlesnakes are numerous in that grass! We ran across 5 that the lead person (me) just stepped over because we had no ability to see our feet. Second, this is a desert but we came across three bears in three days, one a mother with cub. Third, spiders are size of marbles and in every plant. Fourth, the draws are full of thick thick brush. Fifth, without the ability to find the trail at all, beware of social trails that climb out of the canyon. If you are more than 500 feet above the river and not on a trail, you are lost. Trail is discernible above the grass. All that being said, Sheep Creek Ranch was a Godsend after a bad day. From Suicide Point back to Pittsburg Landing the trail is good and scenery was noticeable. We barely looked up above our feet from Granite Point. Full time rattler scanning. Maybe spring or summer in non-COVID year the trail is better, but I think not. Bring snake gaiters, bear spray and canister (we did ), and go for a boat drop-off at Bernard Creek. Have fun. Not on my replay list.

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Calvin Keller reviewed Seven Devils Loop
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Running

My buddy and I ran it in about six hours. The loop is absolutely beautiful, and if you go to the old lookout, it’s exactly 30 miles. There are plenty of stretches that are relatively smooth, and some arduous climbs as well. You are mostly alone the whole time, making it even more special, especially because there aren’t really any other ways to access the trail except strictly at the trailhead. Highly recommend during the summer

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Aleksandra D reviewed Seven Devils Loop
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HikingGreat!

Hike clock wise in 2.5 day. Started hike on Sep 18th around 5pm, did 4 miles and set up camp at Lower Cannon Lake. This lake has very limited space for setting your tent but views are great. All night long was raining and you can hear thunderstorm from time to time (pretty scary). Next day (Sep 19th) hike all the way to He Devils Lake. This was challenging day w/ 15 miles hike in the rain. There is 8 miles stretch without the water source from Hanson Creek to Granite Creek so plan ahead. To get to He Devils Lake from main trail is 1.5 mile climb, pretty challenging but the views next day were rewording. Good fishing at this lake. Last day (Sep 20th) was 12 miles with great views but mostly going uphill. We saw Devils Teeth and few deer on the way. Generally hike is challenging but at the end of the day you fill fulfill.

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R B reviewed Seven Devils Loop
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Backpacking

We did a 4 day trip going counter clockwise beginning at Windy Saddle and camping at Basin Lake the first night (6.8 mi). The weather was fabulous and clear over the range, despite smoke and haze all around us. A quick hike up to Shelf and Gem Lakes that evening included better views of He and She Devils. Some nice fish here. Day two we opted to skip Dry Diggins Lookot due to the smoke in Hells Canyon and continued on. At the junction to Echo Lake we stashed our packs and hiked the steep but only half mile to Echo....then continued on another mile to He Devil Lake. Big Fish in these lakes. Back to the main trail we forged on to Baldy Lake, a stunningly beautiful lake with three of the big peaks in your face (6.5 mi not counting the 3 mi side trip). From Baldy our next day was our dry day and our big mileage day. It was 9.1 miles from Baldy to Dry Creek and in the low 80s. I carried 132 oz of water and drank 110 oz in this very shadeless exposed stretch. If you start early from Baldy, the mountain provides some shade until you hit the high point, then you bake for the next 4.6 miles. A hiking partner brought his dog and this stretch was long for the lab. After refilling, we pushed on another 4.5 miles on relatively mild terrain elevation-wise to the trail to Cannon Lake. It is then .8 miles up to Lower Cannon. Great views of a couple peaks here, a bit buggy at this lake, not sure about fish, after the 14.25 mi day no one had much energy for fishing. This evening the smoke began moving in. Day 4 was only 4 miles but the last mile is a good climb back up to Windy Saddle.

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Andrew Ohlensehlen reviewed Seven Devils Loop
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Alex Truelove reviewed Seven Devils Loop
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Managed the loop in just under 48 hours. We opted to round out the route, skipping the lookout and staying at a Shelf Lake on night 1. On the west side, great views of the Wallowa Mountains and Cascades behind, huckleberries lining the wetter sections of the trail, but note that there is *no water source for 7 miles* on the trail between middle fork and dog creeks. A number of areas along the trail are burned, in early succession, lots of wildflowers.

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Mary Heckel reviewed Seven Devils Loop
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BackpackingBlowdown

This was a great trip, lower crowds than elsewhere in Idaho, the wildflowers were better than I have seen anywhere else. I didn't bring the dogs due to knowing about hot and dry sections, and grateful that I made that decision. We did a 5 day loop, planned on 6 but the trail to echo lake and he devil lake was reported to be highly covered with downed trees. We did the loop clockwise, starting at windy saddle at 9am. Grateful for the early-ish start due to the heat that would develop. We lunched at Cannon Lake then continued on and set up camp at Dog Creek. Day 2 was our dry section, so I carried 4L of water and drank 3.5 L on the section by the time we arrived at Baldy Lake. Day 3 took us up the Dry Diggins Lookout then down to Upper Bernard Lake for the night. Day 4 we went to Basin Lake and set up camp then day hiked on to Sheep Lake. Day 5 we hiked out from Basin Lake back to Windy Saddle. Trail conditions did involve some log detours, crossings, and crawl unders. The trail varied a lot from fine dirt that sent up clouds of dirt to scree and talus as far as the eyes could see. Many areas were sunny, but some days we were lucky to have the mountain giving us shade as we climbed. Bugs were worse in a couple locations, we did use a mosquito deterant that a pack mate had along and that was wonderful - don't remember what it was called though. Swimming in the lakes was generally really good. Not a bad temp anywhere we camped. Our last 2 days we had the treat of mountain goats though they were too used to people and we had to keep moving further away to keep a healthy distance. I strongly recommend hiking with a map (gaia, in reach, and/or traditional paper map) and a guide book. We had all the aforementioned and the guide book from Gary Jones. The trail is only marked at major intersections and lookouts. All the spur trails to lakes were unmarked and good knowledge of the trail is helpful. I found the guidebook invaluable to this trip to best navigate our trip.

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Drake Dines reviewed Seven Devils Loop
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Nature tripsBugsGreat!Off trailRockySnow

Overall, great experience and killer views! We camped overnight at Windy Saddle campgrounds, then bright-and-early, hiked counterclockwise into Basin Lake, taking a left turn a little past Lilly Pad Lake. We camped overnight at Basin Lake and it was gorgeous (personally my favorite spot to camp... not too cold)! Next day, we left all of our backpacking and camping gear and hiked up to Dry Diggins Lookout for a panoramic perspective of Hell’s Canyon - that same day, then hiking back to Basin Lake and proceeding to Sheep Lake. I’d say from Sheep Lake, traversing directly into Seven Devils playground and back to Windy Saddle campground might’ve been my favorite day, but most challenging/rewarding. I’d be careful making that 2 mile hike from Sheep Lake, into Seven Devils or Windy Saddle campground; the elevation gain is unreal, and might be too dangerous for children and pets to climb - watch your step! Rather than hiking back 9 miles clockwise - to save you some time - you can follow the uncharted territory, but just be very careful, and don’t look down! Altogether, there were some obstacles along the way e.g. fallen trunks, stepping stones along creeks, ducking under branches, etc., but those are easily avoidable. Next time - if I ever do come back - I would definitely do the entire loop. I just hear for a stretch of 9 miles when you begin clockwise from either campground, and hike the first 9 mile leg, there isn’t any body of water or places to refill along the way. I would highly recommend what we did since it was overall 18.8 miles, and close to 6,000 feet of elevation gain; not too exhausting, but just enough to say go cliff jumping at Sheep Lake, fishing at Basin Lake, day trip to Dry Diggins Lookout, and intensive 2 mile climb gutting from Sheep Lake to either campground. Bring plenty of food because you are going to need it!

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Brenda Noble reviewed Seven Devils Loop
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HikingBlowdownSnow

Spectacular trail. We did the entire loop counter clockwise in a 3 day trip. Just gorgeous around every corner, lots of deadfall to climb over and under the whole way. We encountered heavy snow in the forested area about 2-3 miles before Baldy Lake trail turnoff but were able to stay on the trail using gps. We dropped our packs and did a quick out and back (5.9 miles) to Dry Diggins Lookout. Added miles but was an incredible view of hells canyon and a nice break from the packs. Sign at Baldy Lake trail turnoff was down on the ground but was clear enough with gps to know where to go. Lake was really full and some areas were still snow covered but found space to camp with 3 tents and 3 hammocks. And the cold water felt great on achy muscles from our 20 mile day (14 + extra 6 on Dry Diggins). Day 2 we encountered more snow across trails. Some we could safely traverse, some we had to go off trail to skirt around. The last of the snow fields to skirt was just before we summited the ridge at the highest point of the loop-we went off trail and straight up the face to avoid the long traverse on an extremely steep face. It was a difficult climb especially with packs, rocks loosed frequently and we spaced out hikers in our group to avoid being hit by falling rocks. We were able to get over the ridge but I would not recommend unless you are comfortable with some serious climbing/scrambling/steep off trail situations. Glorious open meadows and a surprise stream (yay snow fields) were the payoff on the other side. There isn’t much water between Baldy Lake and Dog Creek so we were prepared to do the day carrying all the water we needed. Dog Lake trail was our goal but Dog Lake Creek was a perfect and beautiful camping spot for our group so we stopped there. We hiked into dog lake in the morning and found it surrounded by snow but beautiful hike up to it. Day 3 from Dog creek back to Windy Saddle was a beautiful 8ish mike hike. Even the ascent up at the end wasn’t too bad. Amazing hike that we would highly recommend.

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Ian Frost reviewed Snake River Trail
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BackpackingOver grown

6/6/20-6/9/20 3 nights: 1-Sheep Creek, 2-McGaffee Cabin, 3-Kirkwood The trail is in really good condition until Suicide Point (~9 miles in). After this point, the trail becomes very overgrown with grass. The grass makes it very difficult to check for snakes. We averaged ~1 mph through these areas with our eyes on our feet, lifting up each blade of grass to check for rattlers. I wouldn’t recommend going past Suicide Point after the snakes come out, it was very sketchy for a while crossing the plains. Don’t get me wrong, this was an absolutely beautiful hike but would have been much more enjoyable without the worry of rattlers. We saw about 10 mule deer, countless pheasants, 4 rattle snakes, about 10 bull snakes, and an eagle. As far as bear precautions, we talked with a caretaker who said that bear are very rarely seen along the river but there is a potential for them to make their way down so we hung our food each night to be safe. Campsites were available about every 5 miles on the trail. Trailhead is accessible by car but be weary of snow going over the entrance pass. It snowed during out time there at about 5500’ so it didn’t cover the pass but may be something to keep in mind if going earlier in the season. Happy Hiking!

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Dan Hodgson reviewed Fish Creek Loop
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HikingMuddyOff trailRockySnow

Nice trails with occasional snow and some mud from Spring melt. Quiet and peaceful trails with easy to moderate elevation.

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Rochelle Sorenson reviewed Snake River Trail
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BackpackingBugsNo shadeOver grown

We hiked from Upper Pittsburg Landing to Granite Creek, then took a jet boat shuttle back to our vehicle. Such a beautiful and unique trail! Fun historical sites to check out the whole way. Trail was narrow, but easy to follow right up until crossing Three Creek. Most of the trail is above the river so fill up your water bottles at every creek crossing. Tons of ticks, poison ivy, and cactus. We heard, but didn't see a rattlesnake. Kirkwood Ranch and Sheep Creek Ranch had outhouses stocked with TP and hand sanitizer! Saw sheep, deer, bald eagles, and sturgeon.

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Erika Gallus reviewed Snake River Trail
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Backpacking

Great trail! Kirkland historic ranch (now campground) is located 6mi into the trail. We stayed there both nights on the trail with day hiking in between. AMAZING views of the canyon but it sure got hot! Other hikers around us saw multiple snakes but we only heard a few in the bushes, watch out for them though!! Only complaint is for the most part, the trail is far above the river so there isn’t much opportunity for water access along the way. Kirkland had water access, and some camp spots a little beyond Kirkland was also along the water.

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Tilly Behrmann reviewed Lower Selway River
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Hiking

Hiked ~8 miles in. Nice, easy trail with beautiful views. Heard it gets hot and snakey in the middle of summer.

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Katy Riendeau reviewed Lower Selway River
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Hiking

Loved this trail! We hiked about 4 miles in and stayed overnight. The trail runs along the cliffside and follows the river, so you get gorgeous views the whole time! It is a narrow trail that crosses a few creeks, but not too difficult to navigate. There's lots of little beaches and spots to camp along the way. It rained the morning we hiked out, so the trail got muddy, but still manageable. The road getting to the trail is pretty rough, but our little car managed it alright. No fee for parking. I had a great time, would definitely go again!

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Krystal A reviewed Seven Devils Loop
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HikingBlowdownBugsOver grown

If you pack in please pack out! I found a bread pan in the lake with silverware that someone packed in. They also left a set of Sony Bluetooth headphones on a rock and didn’t put the coals out in their fire that I came across sadly these individuals were from California! PLEASE clean up after yourselves! I’ve backpacked into this area ever since I was a little kid and have never seen so much trash and disregarded for the backcountry! Very upsetting!

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Aaron Parker reviewed Seven Devils Loop
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HikingBlowdownBugsOver grown

3 day solo backpacking around this loop. Amazing views great trail. If you pack it in please pack it out. This is a wilderness area so be prepared.

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