HELLS CANYON SCENIC BYWAY NOW OPEN

Hells Canyon Scenic Byway Update

June 9, 2011 – The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has announced the Forest Service section of the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway (Forest Road 39 or the Wallowa Loop Road), has been maintained and is passable for visitors. The opening is just in time for sightseers to enjoy the canyon country at its most lush and green condition all year. Due to the changing spring weather conditions, visitors are advised that rocks, early morning frost and light snowfall are still possible on the road surface. Please drive with caution and allow time to stop at the Hells Canyon Overlook.

Portions of Forest Service Road 39 from Lake Fork Creek south to Highway 86 have a gravel surface where road repairs were completed last fall on the sections that were washed out in floods a year ago. The surface is hard-packed and suitable for motorcycles as well as automobiles. Re-paving of these short areas will be done this summer. Road Condition updates.

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