Backpacking with Adriane at Seven Devils, Idaho - August 2003

Seven Devils is located just outside Riggins, Idaho and is better known for being the highlands above Hell's Canyon, the deepest canyon in the U.S. The highest point is He Devil peak (9,393 ft.) and the canyon bottom contains the Snake River (~1,000 ft.). For comparison, the Grand canyon is about 5,700 ft. deep. Although the Riggins area is very arid in the summer the Seven Devils offer places to see snow and lots of wildflowers in the summer months.

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Adriane poses by the sign near the parking area. I don't remember exactly but the elevation there is something like 7,500 ft.

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The hike begins!

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Adriane poses by "Devil's Tooth" in the upper right of the picture.

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Once in the alpine zone, wildflowers were abundant.

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Park rangers keep horses in the park for horseback riding and to help speed up travel times.

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Destination day one: I think this is Basin Lake, located near Sheep Lake.

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Adriane posing by Shelf Lake on route to Sheep Lake.

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Gem Lake!

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Here I am posing by Sheep Lake, the largest and coldest lake in the Seven Devils.

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Forest fires burnt this section in the mid 1990's. Wildflowers have since taken over.

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A section of the burn that has not yet recovered. The fires are a naturally occurring phenomenon and help keep the alpine zone ecosystem healthy.

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The loop trail goes around the Devils. Here we are looking back at the Devils.

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Probably my favorite picture that I took on this trip. Adriane is enjoying the view of the terrain that we went through the previous day.

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Destination day 2: He Devil Lake. Easily recognized by its island. He Devil Peak (9,393 ft.) is off to the upper left of the photo.

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After two days of difficult hiking, I needed a swim...a very cold swim. I felt much better after my dip in He Devil Lake.

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I took this picture for my mom. She likes flower pictures.

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Adriane posing by on of the talus slopes that we had to tackle to get back to the car on the third day.

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The famous arm-length shot.

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Geography shot. I am in the Seven Devils, the photo looks West towards Oregon. The Oregon border is just beyond the mountain in the foreground. Hell's Canyon is also just beyond the forground peaks. The peaks in the distance are the West side of Hell's Canyon and are in Oregon.

Well, we made it back! The hike was quite tiring especially for me since I was in much poorer shape than Adriane was. Shower time!

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Here's a crude tail map...but it is what I went by. Good luck finding a decent trail map of Seven Devils. I recommend just buying the Idaho Geological Survey topo map and being very patient.

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