The Devil's Tail + ADD NEW ROUTE
8 in Idaho Idaho22 Miles
By Eric Folkestad
on September 1, 2008
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To find the Devil's Tail, ride to Historic Baker City, Oregon then travel east on Hwy 86 along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway to Richland, Halfway, and finally to Oxbow, Oregon - The Devils Tail starting point. Take the Devil's Tail (also known as National Forest Service Rd #454) from Oxbow, Oregon across the Snake river into Idaho, all the way to Hells Canyon Dam and the Hells Canyon Visitors Center. It's got hundreds of curves, spectacular views, and can be very dangerous if you are not paying attention.
Riders from all over the world come to Hells Canyon to ride this famous motorcycle road. Located in Hells Canyon, this is the deepest motorcycle road in North America. 2000' deeper than the Grand Canyon. The road gets it's name from the fact that it forms the base of the Seven Devils Mountains and the eastern wall of Hells Canyon. The scenery is out of this world. Makes Deal's Gap look like child's play. Bring your camera and enjoy a special ride only a experienced by a few.
There is a blog you can read about it: http://devilstailfaq.blogspot.com/ see you there, ride safe.
The Devil's Tail can be challenging, the road surface has tar snakes and rock falls. Hundreds of curves with posted speeds of 10 to 35 mph. Elevation rises from river water level at the Snake River until you reach a high cliff, then back to river level at the dam. .
Get gas at Scotty's Hells Canyon Supply. There is no fuel for 44 miles round trip. Hells Canyon Visitor Center is just after you ride over Hells Canyon Dam. The visitor center has a pop machine and washrooms. There is also a jet boat launch ramp there, it's fun to watch!
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