Hike up and over the Seven Devil Mountains down into a whitewater adventure in Hells Canyon!
• Backpacking through the Seven Devils Mountains with lakeside camping
• Whitewater rafting with cozy beachside camping and fantastic river meals
• Pristine mountain and wildlife scenery
• Optional Jet Boat ride out of the canyon
• Located in Idaho
• Appropriate for ages 9 and up
The Northwest has few mountain ranges that compare with the Seven Devils. They feature incredible scenery and a huge variety of trails. The Seven Devils Mountains extend along the Idaho/Oregon border for roughly 40 miles running South to North. They boast such names as Devils Throne, Tower of Babel, Twin IMPS, The Orge, The Goblin, He Devil and She Devil. The mountains are bordered by the Snake River to the West and the Salmon River to the East. They are Idaho’s most spectacular mountain range, with elevations varying from 1,000 feet at the Snake River to 9,393 feet on the summit of He Devil. July though October are the best months for hiking. Snow generally restricts passage making it inaccessible the rest of the year.
There are many side hikes to enjoy such as Dry Diggins Look Out (an old Forest Service Tower above Hells Canyon that looks out over hundreds of miles of Oregon and Washington), Rapid River, Goat Pass, Sheep Creek and The Old Boise trail just to name a few. This range is incredibly rich with history; let ARC lead the way and show you the best backpacking Idaho has to offer.
America’s Rafting Company is taking the back out of Seven Devils Backpacking by offering our customers the “pack-light option.” This allows you to take just the basics and explore the mountains while your tent, extra clothes, sleeping bag & sleeping pad await you at the next designated camp site aside one of the many crystal blue lakes. Did we mention dinner? That’s right, not only are your tents set up, but you’ll also have a gourmet dinner prepared for you as you stroll into camp. In the morning, a hearty breakfast is served, and you’ll be on your way. Another perk hiking with a rafting company is that you don’t have to go back the same way you came. Instead, we will take a path less traveled down into Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in America, where we will spend the next 2-3 days whitewater rafting down the mighty Snake River.
Of course, we offer traditional backpacking which gives you the thrill and satisfaction of being completely self-reliant, seeing places that you couldn’t otherwise see, and offering a great means of travel. Combine that with whitewater rafting on a Snake River trip, or just take a jet boat ride out of Hells Canyon. Now you have the making of a unique once in a lifetime adventure!
Seven Devils Backpacking is rated CHALLENGING. It involves some uneven terrain and steep rocky slopes, but for the most part the trail is well maintained. The most difficult sections are taken with as much time and attention as necessary. If part or your party is uncomfortable with challenging hikes, they can skip the hike and float into Hells Canyon on rafts and meet you at the end of your hike!
The Hells Canyon Snake River Trip is rated EASY; it is a Class III-IV river (primarily Class IIIs with a few Class IVs). It is a big volume, pool and drop river. While most rapids are not technically difficult, they are a lot of fun with big waves and a big ride!
For a quicker trip, a jet boat ride out of the canyon is an excellent choice. It is rated VERY EASY and takes an afternoon. Just sit back and enjoy the scenic ride out.
Evening before Departure: Stay in Cambridge, ID