The Grand Canyon may get all the newsprint, but Hells Canyon, which spans the Snake River from Idaho to Oregon and Washington, is deeper. In fact, it is America's deepest river gorge, with a maximum height above river level of 8,043 feet. Hidden away in remote parts of Idaho, Oregon and Washington, the canyon isn't well known, except perhaps among river rafters. But its beauty and majesty are well worth a visit by anyone. CNET News reporter Daniel Terdiman visited Hells Canyon as part of Road Trip 2009. Click here for the entire Road Trip package.
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Canyon walls from Heaven's Gate
Perhaps the best view down from high above Hells Canyon is from a viewpoint called Heaven's Gate, which offers views of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, as well as of six huge peaks known as the Seven Devils--the seventh peak is Native American legend. Click here for the entire Road Trip 2009 package.
A view of the Seven Devils Mountains, one of Hells Canyon's most notable features. The road that leads up to Heaven's Gate, from which the best view of the Seven Devils is available, is often closed well into summer, given its height and the accumulation of snow. Click here for the entire Road Trip 2009 package.
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Striped exposed rock on the Idaho side demonstrates the beauty and the geology of Hells Canyon. The river gorge is popular with river rafters and other boating enthusiasts, but is otherwise little known outside the immediate region in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Click here for the entire Road Trip 2009 package.
Demonstrating how few people visit Hells Canyon, the Audi Q7 TDI that CNET News reporter Daniel Terdiman is road testing on Road Trip 2009 sat alone in the Heaven's Gate parking lot near the top of Hells Canyon for over an hour, despite it being a warm summer weekend day. Click here for the entire Road Trip 2009 package.