Snake River Trail

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Trail Distance: 21 miles
Time Estimate: 11 hr 40 min +
Elevation Gain: 5515 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Limited
Description

If you’re looking for a terrific trail that’s going to take your breath away with every incredible turn, then you’d be barking mad to miss Snake River Trail! You can find the trailhead for this pawesome path just beyond Pittsburg Landing and there is limited parking available here. The nearby Pittsburg Campground has restrooms and offers day trip camping for a small fee, but there is no drinkable water on-site or on the trail, so make sure you stock up before you set off!

Barking besties go mutts for this trail, and it’s not hard to see why! Suitable for those looking to take the ruff route, this mountainous trek sends you on endless adventures and is a rewarding challenge for any experienced hiker. A lot of the trail is nestled amongst lush green hills that are speckled with vibrant bursts of color from wondrous wildflowers, but it also brings you along rocky ledges and stony river banks. 

This ravishing route follows the river as it snakes through the land and leads you to heavenly Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America. The Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is a spectacular sight to behold, and hikers often take a break from their climb to pawnder the magnificence of the jagged mountain peaks at the many scenic vistas along the way. This trail is pawfect for history loving hounds, too, as it features remains and artifacts from early settlers and prehistoric tribes, and the path brings you right to the historic Kirkwood Ranch. There’s plenty to see on Snake River Trail, and markers have been placed around the area to ensure you don’t miss a thing!

You will make three major climbs on this trail, but the journey to Suicide Point is revered above the rest. This poignant place was named for a Native American legend that described forbidden lovers from different tribes jumping from the cliff edge and choosing death over separation. Snake River Trail ends at Bush Creek, and as you and your canine companion cover that last stretch, you will know that you’ve made memories to last a lifetime!

Trail Features
Diverse Landscape, River, Steep Inclines, Rocky, Muddy, Loose Terrain
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Walkers on the Snake River Trail have encountered rattlesnakes and poison ivy, so remain alert and cautious while on your hike, and keep Fido leashed and under your control. Water is hard to find along the path and is unsafe to drink unless it's treated, so do ensure you have packed a suitable amount for your journey. This trail is busiest during springtime, and the campgrounds can become quite crowded. Ticks can be an issue for doggy visitors.
Address
NF-493
Lucile, ID 83542
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Address
NF-493
Lucile, ID 83542
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset