Hiking & Trails

Trail of Week: Hells Canyon hiking

Hells Canyon makes you feel minuscule.

Just take a hike along the Stud Creek Trail downstream from Hells Canyon Dam and you'll get the feeling.

The trail, which is on the Oregon side of the Snake River, is like a doorway to this deep canyon where its walls rise 8,000 feet.

The Stud Creek Trail is accessible now and is a good trail for someone who wants to get a taste of Hells Canyon without doing a full-blown, five-day backpack trip.

The trail is a mile long and is used a lot by anglers.

Take it and get a taste of Hells Canyon.

Trail of the Week

Open to: Hikers.

Ideal for: Beginners.

Trailhead elevation: 1,545 feet. GPS: 45°15.232N; 116° 41.802W.

Destination elevation: 1,492 feet.

Length: A mile. (2 miles round trip.)

Difficulty: Even though it's only 2 miles, there are some hills.

Out and back or loop: Out and back.

Wildlife you might see: Bighorns, mountain goats, eagles and deer.

Notes/bathrooms: Restrooms are at the trailhead. The trail has steep drop-offs with no guard rails. It is 100 feet above the river. Keep an eye on kids and dogs.

Information: Just do it.

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