Hells Canyon is North America’s deepest river gorge plummeting at just over 7,993 feet at it’s deepest. On the East Rim, the Snake River sinks nearly 2,000 feet deeper than the Grand Canyon.
The canyon was carved by the waters of the Snake River. The river originates in Yellowstone National Park and winds through southern Idaho and Seven Devils Mountains before turning north to form the boundary between Idaho and Oregon.
Speaking of the Seven Devils Mountains, the range was said to be named for a vision of seven dancing devils. Peak names include She Devil, He Devil, and The Twin Imps.
We visited Hells Canyon on our way to Idaho.
On our way, we briefly stopped in Baker City to learn about the Oregon Trail. There Jordyn reminisced about how she was always the first one to die of dysentery in the computer version of the trail.
No Jordyn’s were harmed, and no rivers were forded, in taking this picture.
Hells Canyon, OR. July 2018.