The Western Rim/ Summit Ridge Trail is only for the hard core adventure seeking pups. Also known as Western Rim National Recreation Trail #1774, it follows the western rim of Hells Canyon National Recreational Area. This gorgeous area straddles the Oregon and Idaho border and features a puptastic gorge carved by the Snake River.
The first section of the trail begins on the south end at P.O. Saddle Trailhead and heads up through rugged wilderness to Jim Springs on Hat Point Road. Be prepared for puptacular views of the canyon and wide open vistas of the Seven Devils Mountains. From here, the trail follows Hat Point Road to Warnock Corral Trailhead. Vehicles and cyclists are allowed on this seven mile segment, so keep a close eye on your pup.
From Warnock Corral, the trail is motorized as it makes its way to Lord Flat. While hiking this segment of the trail, be sure to check out Somers Point. Your four legged friend will be pawsitively amazed at the view of the Snake River from this overlook. The final, and most northern, section of the trail leaves Lord Flat and follows Summit Ridge to the Dug Bar Trailhead. Vehicles are not allowed on this part, so you and your pal can finish the trail in peace. From start to finish, you and your pooch will experience pine forests, grassy meadows, wildflowers, mountains, and enough epic views to last a lifetime.
If a 55 mile trail is not your
dog’s cup of tea, there are plenty of options for day hiking. Be aware that water
is scarce along the trail, so be sure you know where to find water sources and
springs along the way. Carry enough H2O to keep both you and your pup well
hydrated. Primitive restrooms are available at P.O. Saddle and Dug Bar
Trailheads, but other than that you have to ruff it. This will definitely be
one trail your pal will never fur-get!