Route: Hell's Canyon R2R2R (ID, OR)

Idaho, US
Oregon, US

Chip Collins posted the route:

Hells Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim, from Windy Saddle Campground (Idaho) down to the Snake River (swim across) climb up (on the Oregon side) to Hat Point, OR. 

I have been able to find one account of this crossing by Mike James and Steve Graepel. Their write-up gives some details as 42 miles and 18,000 feet of gain. Their time was approx. 36 hours. They missed the river crossing (a swim) and had to stay the night out on the trail. there write up can be found here:




Hey FK community,

50+ Masters Ironman athlete and my first training partner for ultra-endurance, Michael Rushton (look up his Ironman stats) and I will be attempting to be the first to take this RIM TO RIM TO RIM effort under the 24 hour mark on Saturday, October 5th, 2019. This is cathartic for me to reunite for an effort in the area of our old stomping grounds and my hometown Baker City...

The swim is going to be frigid after that little snow we just got yesterday. However, We are stoked for an epic go of it together. I was happy to have him as a first training partner in the ultraworld because he simply seems to relish in the suffering, which has influenced my development in the sport... and now in the alpine realm too.

We will have live spot tracking data (will post once set up)
We will each record on a wrist-based device as well.
We will also take geo-stamped photos at key locations.

I have launched my Youtube Channel after being prodded by friends and students (I am a teacher) and will attempt to put together a video for this effort (and will recap efforts on "Rainier Infinity Loop", "Cascades Trifecta", and "Oregon's 5 Highest" among others)

I will also post up to IG: @jasonhardrath, if there is any service.

It is going to be a busy October...

Ever Stoked,




Here is the Live Tracking Link for the our Hell's Canyon Attempt…

I got ahold of Peter, and we both agreed that the essence of this record is to cross the canyon, tag hat point, and return to the start...and that due to lack the state of the trails in the canyon that route finding is a part of the such, our line of descent into the canyon (and back out) will not follow Peter's line. 

Jason and Mike

Hey guys, good luck out there! I just started looking into this route for the coming summer; I'm very interested in hearing/seeing how the river crossing works out. I haven't done any river crossings as part of a run before, but have done some swift water activities in the past. Interested in seeing how to adapt those skills for fastpacking/trail running.

This looks like an amazing place to go, I'm very excited for you and to see your result. You're brave for trying it this time of year! 

Had to DNF - Snow was drifted up to our knees in places and ankle to calf deep the rest of the time...

Hey Jason,

Stoked to see you guys gave this a shot, I’ve been really curious about this route. Did you take dry driggins down rather than granite creek like Pete? Also what way did you get up to hat point from the river? It looks like you just took hat creek trail up rather than venture to waterspout or sluice creek? How was that, heard it was super overgrown.

did you hit snow on both rims? I’d guess that the Oregon side had it worse after that epic February storm in September a couple weekends ago.



Ah never mind I looked at the tracking wrong I see now, looks like you got hung up before the bottom. Would still love to hear more, kudos on giving it a shot!



Yeah man, we decided it was unreasonable to continue with our pace being slowed so much by the snow and the temps predicted to drop into the 20s that seemed too risky with the untried route and the swims... It looked like there are a few possible lines.  
Definitely going to give it another run