If you're planning your spring and summer travel schedule, here's a great article from CNN Travel about the tallest, deepest, longest, etc., record-setting places in the United States to visit. Feature writer Helyn Trickey Bradley has come up with 10 superlative sights for US travel. Two are in Oregon. And one is right here in Wallowa County! She writes:
The Grand Canyon in Arizona may be immense, boasting nearly 277 river miles in length, but for sheer depth, Hells Canyon in eastern Oregon, eastern Washington and western Idaho wins hands-down. . .read more from this article
Helyn suggests a trip to Hat Point Lookout, the highest point on the Oregon side where you can look down deep into Hells Canyon and see the rapids at the bottom. We also know that you have a fine view of He Devil, the highest point of Hells Canyon on the Idaho side and the reason that Hells Canyon is the deepest canyon in the US. As one of the Seven Devil Mountains, you feel you can almost reach out and touch them when you're up there. We try to get up to Hat Point every now and then and have written some blog posts about it before.
The getting to Hat Point isn't dangerous, but it is a bit more than some people bargain for. From Joseph, the drive is 26 miles of pavement to to the little town of Imnaha, followed by 26 miles of dirt road to the Hat Point Lookout. Ask a local and they'll tell you the first 5 miles of that 26 mile dirt road can be a little unnerving, but once you're through that it's home free all the way to the lookout. Of course, you'll have to come back the same way you went. Best to leave the low slung city car at home.
Might you need some local advice when planning this Eastern Oregon vacation trip? Give us a call here at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast in Joseph. We're along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway and are one of the closer Hells Canyon lodging locations for a trip to Hat Point. And a resource for maps, guides, and other things to take along for your trip to Hells Canyon. See you soon!