The Seven Devils Loop is about 27 miles and consists of the Seven Devils Trail and the South Boise Trail. Located well above and to the west of the small town of Riggins, the route begins around 7500ft above sea level. Most travelers hike counter-clockwise, taking on the the harder Windy Saddle climb first. The trail is well defined, dipping and climbing along wooded hillsides and rocky terrain. Much of the trail winds around large hills and has excellent views of Hells Canyon. Within the loop there are numerous lakes to visit, but expect at least 1 mile of hiking/running and 400 feet of climbing. Some of these side trails are not well maintained and require good navigational skills. However, that's the beauty of this route. You can make it what you want, choosing from numerous lakes to jump in or peaks to summit. If you decide to climb to any of the high points, be prepared for scrambling and loose rock. Water can get scarce on the main loop, especially later in the season, so I would recommend filling up your bottles every chance you get.
Wild Idaho Endurance Challenge events are self/unsupported wilderness fun runs. No course markings, no aid stations, no set date or time. You can complete them by yourself at any time or with a friend or two. Routes must be completed on foot and in one push. The nice part is that there are no cutoffs, so if you find a lake where you want to take a dip or a special viewpoint that you want to sit and enjoy, there is no pressure! Please take photos and visit the Facebook or Instagram pages afterwards and share with us how it went with a short trip report! You can either self report your time on the honor system, or you can submit your Strava/Gaia/Garmin/Suunto etc track. Please visit the website for GPS/GPX tracks of your route. Finishers will have their time posted and will be given a small swag bag.
To get people out into the wonderful wilderness areas that we have here! Information isn't always readily available for these areas and maps can be scarce and not always reliable. That can intimidate some that aren't as experienced outdoors-people. The goal is to empower people to get out into these wilderness areas, to raise awareness of them, and hopefully to protect them into the future.
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All profits from registration fees will be donated to the Wallowa Mountains Hells Canyon Trails Association.