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Heaven's Gate

photo: Hell's Canyon from Heaven's Gate Overlook. Photo by Dsdugan/wiki.

Length: 0.20 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: 15 miles west of Riggins on U.S. Highway 95 in Nez Perce National Forest.
State(s): Idaho
Counties: Idaho
Longitude: -116.498
Latitude: 45.36983

Driving Directions

From Riggins, Idaho travel south on Highway 95 for 1.3 miles to Seven Devils Road (becomes Forest Road 517); Turn right on Seven Devils Road and go 18 miles to the end of the road; The Heaven's Gate Trailhead Gate is about 1.5 miles past the Windy Saddle Trailhead.
ADVISORY: Forest Road 517 is very steep, and narrow. Low clearance vehicles, RVs and vehicles pulling trailers are not recommened or advised to use caution when traveling the upper sections of this road. The road can also be slippery when wet or frozen and is not recommended for trailers in the late fall and winter.


The Heaven's Gate National Recreation Trail #73 is located on the ridge overlooking Hells Canyon in Idaho. This short trail goes from the Heaven's Gate Trailhead to the overlook by the fire lookout tower. Traveling 0.2 miles through beautiful stands of old growth whitebark pine, and colorful mountain flowers, visitors are rewarded with views of Hells Canyon clear across into Oregon. The trails also shows signs of past wildfire activity which is common and natural in the canyon.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Earl Baumgarten
Resource Assistant
Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
P.O. Box 832
Riggins , ID 83549
(208) 628-3916



Hell's Canyon from Heaven's Gate Overlook. Photo by Dsdugan/wiki.

Hell's Canyon from Heaven's Gate Overlook. Photo by Dsdugan/wiki.


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