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The Devil's Tail

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Sep 01, 2008

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June 19, 2012
We are here on vacation and on our list is to see…
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March 23, 2011
Great road for bikers. A quick stop at Scotty's…
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Written Directions

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.

Scenery

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.

Drive Enjoyment

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. .

Tourism Opportunities

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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Guest
June 19, 2012
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Motorcycle Type : Touring
We are here on vacation and on our list is to see the Hell's Canyon. The best part of this is the ride is better than the canyon itself. What a blast.
Just to be clear the road is paved all the way to the Interpretive Center at the damn.
Another great ride to add to your day is to take the road toward Joseph and the Hells' Canyon Overlook. Again a good paved road.
You can get fuel at Scotty's for both your stomach and the bike. The people are so nice.
Lastly. Watch for deer!!! 5 seconds faster and I would have hit one.
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March 23, 2011
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Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
Great road for bikers. A quick stop at Scotty's and you can find out about the LEO situation in the canyon, then have all the fun you want. Stop for the view, keep your eye on the road when riding. it's an awesome experience. A top 10 road for me.
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March 22, 2011
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Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
This is one of those scenic roads with breathtaking vistas. You need to remember to pull over at the view points and drink in the beautiful landscape. The technical nature of this road demands your full focus and attention at every twist and turn.
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