Seven Devils Loop

HARD 15 reviews
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Seven Devils Loop is a 26.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Riggins, Idaho that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from July until September.

DISTANCE
26.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
7,910 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

backpacking
14 days ago

We did this loop 5 days 4 nights. It was 42 miles including a hike to Dry Diggins lookout, Baldy Lake, Horse Heaven cabin and Lower Cannon Lake. We camped off the trail except for Baldy Lake and hiked packs off for the remaining. We found excellent and/or adequate camp sites every night. By the end of hiking in 80+degree heat, you will sleep anywhere. Bonus of heat is mosquitoes were minimal. Lucky to have had volunteers just finish cleaning out the trail between Echo and Baldy, made for great trail conditions on 90% of the loop. It was a harder hike than we anticipated, but the extra day was good for resting up. Beautiful country and amazing views until the last day the smoke from the fires in the area was rolling in.

backpacking
28 days ago

Took us 2.5 days to make it around. Didn’t do any of the lake trails except lower cannon. Beautiful scenery despite the fire season smoke.

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing loop but you better be in shape to do it or have 3-4 days min to make it around.

hiking
11 months ago

seven devil's is a hard hike. Lots of elevation change and at times very cool views. the original plan was to hike the whole loop, but because of time we couldn't finish the whole loop so we turned around and came back. We started the hike counterclockwise and went out to dry diggs. dry digs itself makes the hike worth it, getting multiple different views of canyons and the snake river. I would definetly recommend this hike. Only thing I would not recommend is getting a flat tire. (it sucks).

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

There was a good amount of smoke due to wildfires, so a couple of us had trouble breathing for part of it. It took us 11 hours with breaks to do the whole loop (10am-9pm). The trail is mostly well marked except for a section 2/5 of the way. If you do the loop counterclockwise, you hit most of the altitude right away and you have smoother sailing for the second half. The area is very warm and dry, but there are enough creeks to fill up if you have a purifier. There is a 12 mile section without any creeks, so plan accordingly. Very beautiful route.

hiking
Sunday, June 15, 2014

I've hiked this loop numerous times and have always found it to be an outstanding wilderness trip. Of course, you can hike the loop in either direction but I would recommend counter-clockwise. You will want to deviate from the loop and locate your campsites at the many lakes which are located on trails which head toward the main crest. Sheep, Echo and Baldy are among my favorites. You will add to the mileage by camping off the loop, but you will also find much more scenic and enjoyable camps. The east side of the range is much drier than the west with fewer camping areas. Experienced hikers can complete this loop as an overnight, but to savor the experience, I would recommend 3-4 days at least.

The access road which is 17 miles long leaves Highway 95 south of Riggins. It is primarily dirt and/or gravel and gets a little rough near the end; best for higher clearance vehicles. There are two campgrounds near the trail head.

hiking
19 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

11 months ago

Sunday, August 13, 2017

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

recorded day 1

hiking
Thursday, July 27, 2017

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

backpacking
Saturday, September 03, 2016