Windy Saddle Trailhead. As pretty as trailheads get. 7500' elevation.
Coming down over the first pass the devil shows you his fangs: Devils Tooth spire.
Past the scenic Bernard Lakes, you encounter the most jaw-dropping view of the day from Dry Diggins Lookout 7850'.
Looking North from Dry Diggins into Hell's Canyon. Six-thousand plus feet straight down to the Snake River. Deepest Canyon in North America. It gets even deeper as measured from the top of the rim at He Devil Peak. Over 8000' down to the Snake from there. Amazing topography in Idaho.
Looking West from DDL. The Wallowa Mountains of Oregon rise west of Hell's Canyon.
The shabby interior of DDL. The door was open and the place is loaded with flies. If this viewpoint was at the Grand Canyon, a milion people a year would visit. But in the rugged heart of the Hell's Canyon Wilderness, 8 miles from the trailhead, I bet a few hundred would be a good year. This national treasure needs some TLC.
From the meadow near Hibbs Cow Camp. The largest of the Seven Devils: Tower of Babel, He, She and the Ogre.
Somewhere on the Southwest side of the loop. Perhaps Pyramid Mountain?
On the South side of the loop, looking South toward the upper reaches of the West Fork of Rapid River. 12 miles to go.
The remainder of the loop is still very scenic, but I managed no pics. I was tired and locked in a full on war against the downed trees which are typical on the SE side of the loop in the early season. One section had avalanched last winter and piled trees high over the trail. Crawling through this section took patience. Thankfully, soon after this section, I encountered a trail crew that informed me the next 9 miles to Windy Saddle TH were clear. Home free.