Western Rim/Summit Ridge

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Trail Distance: 55 miles
Time Estimate: 25 hr 10 min+
Elevation Gain: 5400 feet
Leash Rule: On & Off Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: $5
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Limited
Description

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!

Trail Features
Grassland, Mountains, Steep Inclines, Forest
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
This trail passes through remote backcountry. Do thorough research on the trail and terrain before beginning your adventure. Be sure to store all food properly so as not to attract local wildlife. And don't forget to arrange for a pick up!
Address
P.O. Saddle Trailhead Forest Rd 3965
Imnaha, OR 97842
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Address
P.O. Saddle Trailhead Forest Rd 3965
Imnaha, OR 97842
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours