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There are many wildflowers along the trail. This trail is popular for its prime fishing, hiking and packsaddle recreational opportunities and provides you with several loop trip options. This trail also offers excellent wildlife viewing. You may even catch a glimpse of some bighorn sheep that reside in the area.

Various large rapids such as Rush Creek and Waterspout can be seen from the Snake River Trail. Dispersed camping is available along the Snake River. There is a unique section of trail known as the Eagles Nest which has been constructed through a cliff, similar to going through a tunnel except that 1 side remains open. There is a 50 foot drop off to the river on the side that remains open.


The trail is usually well maintained. Spring and fall are the best time to hike the lower elevation trails. Because of the dramatic elevational differences in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, weather and temperature conditions can vary greatly, so be prepared for both hot and cold weather conditions, even during the summer months. There is one location where the trail leaves the Snake River and climbs 3,000 feet in elevation over Englishman Hill. The trail has several sections that have been blasted through rocky bluffs that rise out of the Snake River. One section, the Devils Slide between Temperance Creek and Saddle Creek, has been constructed like a cement staircase in an effort to assist stock and hikers to maintain footings in loose steep rock. Caution should be used in these sections of trail and this trail is recommended for experienced stock. Certain sections of the trail are narrow making it difficult for pack stock.

Beware of poison ivy and rattlesnakes that may be along the trail. Wilderness is in a delicate state of natural balance. Practicing no-impact techniques will help preserve wilderness for everyone’s enjoyment.

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