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Disappointed not what we expected at all

We started in La Grande and followed it to Joseph and all of that was Farms and Grasslands then we... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2017
Tony K
Moreno Valley, California
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Impressive Dam

With the Snake River running high, the Hells Canyon Dam was very impressive. The drive to the dam... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2017
Candy H
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This 218-mile route between LaGrande and Baker City, which goes from river’s edge to mountaintop to valley floor, has been designated an All-American Road and one of America's premier scenic routes.
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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

We started in La Grande and followed it to Joseph and all of that was Farms and Grasslands then we took 39 out of Joseph and it entered the forest following a rough, patched up windy road for 43 miles with the same identical view...More

Thank Tony K
Reviewed 24 August 2017

With the Snake River running high, the Hells Canyon Dam was very impressive. The drive to the dam and the visitor center was very picturesque. We even saw a bear on the road. The road was paved to the end.

Thank Candy H
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Drove the road to the dam...spectacular scenery...only a few towns on the way but as you approach the dam the cliffs rising from the green hued water against the blue sky is not to be missed...we wondered what it would be like to come in...More

Thank Ron T
Reviewed 10 July 2016

This is a must! Someone said can't do in a day-nonsense I went to from Baker City to Hells Canyon,back to route 39, up to Joseph,and back to Baker City in a easy day. Someone else said it was frightening,not true easy drive. I have...More

2  Thank Dave H
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

We did this drive in one day from Baker City and back. Too much for one day, I would recommend doing it in 2-3 days. The Hells Canyon Overlook was a scary drive for me but the view was gorgeous! For National forest service roads...More

Thank Karen W
Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

The part I loved best was along NF 39 and the overlook. Really beautiful and hair raising driving. But really, all of it was excellent!

1  Thank Deanne A
Reviewed 16 October 2015

I've heard about the beauty and power of Hells Canyon for years and on our drive from Mcall, ID to Walla Walla, WA we decided to make a detour. We found it very confusing to figure out how to get there/what we'd see since OR,...More

1  Thank Sand_Dollars_11
Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

Spectacular views- at the end of the scenic drive - downstream from the dam enjoy water tours on speed boats or do some white water or kayak .. Start north in Lewiston ( after Lewis & Clark ) and drive south - only about 140...More

Thank CHIMO-Ottawa
Reviewed 12 October 2015

We travelled in from the Idaho side on a cold ,wet September day. This road is not one to lose your concentration on, it is twisty, very steep in places with no barrier. It is however an extremely beautiful drive in any conditions. You get...More

Thank phil52_10
Reviewed 21 September 2015

A smokey visit. The Oregon scenic byway was a pretty picturesque winding mountain road but smoke limited the visibility at viewpoints I feel like the area would be better seen from the Idaho side at river level road or on the river itself by either...More

Thank ferntrekker59
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Helen C
24 May 2017|
Response from silverspurs54 |
Hess road is a steep and unpaved road. It's more of an SUV/Jeep high clearance road. I wouldn't take a sedan or low clearance vehicle on it.