This is the trip report from this past weekends trip through three states. I was able to drive one amazing road after another both paved and not paved. I hope you enjoy!
The meeting point for the trip was Clarkston Washington. I took the opportunity to take a detour as Mike was running a bit late. I took a road called "The Old Spiral Highway". It was appropriately named and a blast to work my way down to the valley. The view wasn't bad either.
We made our way east into Lewiston and on south towards McCall. I decided we needed to take another detour as there was a road i had been eyeing for a couple years now. It was well worth the wait. The road meanders down a ridge from the top of White Bird Pass all the way down to the valley below to the town of White Bird. We had the road to ourselves besides some cattle.
Typical Idaho traffic.
From there we followed along the Salmon River continuing south until we reached the little town of Riggins Idaho. It is popular among the white-water rafting folk which we did see some rafters on the water. We took a small detour and followed the Salmon east a ways.
We were getting hungry so we didn't get too far down the river before we turned back to the main highway to get to Chef Geoff's for lunch. As expected Geoff was more than hospitable and took great care of us for lunch. For those that ever stumble in there the Chipotle Chicken Tacos are superb. The pulled pork sandwiches he sent us on the road with were a very very close second to the tacos. Thanks again Geoff!
We said our goodbyes and hit the road hard as we needed to get into Oregon and set up camp before dark. We made our way into Hells Canyon via ID71. We dropped down a long ways into the canyon bottom and made our way down river on the Oregon side of Hells Canyon. Passed by the Brown Lee and the Oxbow dam and even got to go through a cool old tunnel.
We continued dowstream to Hess Road. We had no clue of we could make it to the top but theres only one way to find out. The climb on this road was very steep.
The benefit was that the view got incredible very quickly.
Eventually at the top we rejoined the highway and took a side trip to the Hells Canyon overlook. Then it was time to drop into the next valley to make camp along the Imnaha River.
Had a deer come right up to our campfire too. Of course neither of us had our cameras near by.