OR – Blue Hole in the Eagle Cap Wilderness

Hells Canyon National Recreation Area dominates Oregon’s far northeastern corner.

While the mighty Snake River runs through Hells Canyon, the mighty Imnaha River runs through the Blue Hole.

The Imnaha River lives up to it’s federal designation as Wild and Scenic (well maybe more scenic than wild).

The Blue Hole wasn’t very blue on the day I visited. 

Oh overcast day . . . you make everything so dull . . . but look I found reflection. 

It’s a tight squeeze.

And then the river is released from the tiny canyon to flow free once again. 

The aspen trees were showing their colors on this autumn day. 

As were the larch trees.

Oh look, a distant peak. I have the hiker’s disease of needing to know what’s around the next corner, over the next hill, and in this case, a better view. Must keep going!

Although tempted to continue, my time had expired . . . more mountains, more views to be saved for another day. 

This bugger got inside my shirt and gave me quite a sting. 

Met this little guy on trail. 

Hike Details:

  • Date(s) Hiked: 10/08/16
  • Mileage: 8+ miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: approximately 1,300′
  • Trail Conditions:
    • Tree obstacles: only a couple of small ones
    • Overgrowth: minimal
    • Signage: ok
    • Terrain: well graded, easy terrain but dusty and trampled due to horse traffic
    • Other: views were marginal and hike starts through an old burn area
  • Water: Plentiful
  • Camping: Many awesome sites near water
  • Solitude: saw no one and no vehicles at trailhead
  • Bugs: Bees and snakes (well at least one of each)
  • Precip: dry, although it rained during previous night
  • Temp: typical fall temps
  • Jan’s Cherry Picker Delight Scale: 3 cherries (out of 5)


  • Plentiful dispersed camping opportunities along FS Road 3960
  • Other nearby FS campgrounds



3 thoughts on “OR – Blue Hole in the Eagle Cap Wilderness

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