As of Tuesday, May 23, 2017
One mile south of Riggins, turn right onto the Seven Devils Access Road, 517. The road climbs steadily for the next 18 miles, winding past homes nestled along Squaw and Papoose creeks, then through the Nez Perce National Forest.
Windy Saddle offers a spectacular view of the craggy Seven Devils Mountains. A number of trails take off from the campground and picnic area, including a portion of the historic Boise Trail.
Turning left at Windy Saddle, the road leads to nearby Seven Devils campground, with several developed camp sites tucked among the trees.
The Seven Devils Lake lies near the campground and can be reached by a short hike through a clearing beside the campground loop. There, benches and fallen logs offer a chance sit and enjoy the pristine view, or even catch a glimpse of mountain goats on the rock face across the lake.
Heaven’s Gate Lookout is located two miles above Windy Saddle. A 350-yard climb from the Heaven’s Gate Vista parking lot leads to the lookout, more than 8,000 feet above sea level.
Interpretive boards placed around the lookout describe the view from each direction, directing views toward the Seven Devils, Camas Prairie, Wallowa Mountains and the Snake and Salmon river canyons. From the lookout, one can see four states: Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Montana.
Travelers are encouraged to contact Hells Canyon Recreation Area officials for current fire activity in the area, especially during late summer.