It's been a long summer without complete access along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway from Joseph Oregon to Halfway Oregon along Forest Road 39 (also called the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road). Spring flooding in June 2010 washed out significant sections of Forest Road 39 near the intersection of this road and Oregon 86. However, this report from Angelika Garroute of Wallowa Valley Online notes that the road will be open again (in gravel) probably by mid-November 2010. Paving will occur in 2011.
If you're thinking about that Hells Canyon/ Eastern Oregon vacation including a trip through Joseph Oregon, give us a call about the road. The Wallowa Mountain Loop Road normally closes to through traffic sometime in November because of snow, but is kept plowed from Joseph to the Salt Creek Summit for winter outdoor sport access.
Besides, the fall colors are really coming on and it's beautiful here even in November!