Even though I’ve backpacked many of these side canyons and ridges, it’s been 14 years since I was last in the Hell’s Canyon area. I returned this spring with Sean Bagshaw to photograph some of the beauty of this region. The small bumpy dirt road through the Imnaha is the most spectacular drive in Oregon – bar none. This place compares with Zion in grandeur and rivals some of the best of our national parks. The wolves have returned much to the chagrin of the few remaining locals, coyote wander, deer and elk graze, and bighorn sheep stand sentinel as I photograph. This is where I saw my first cougar in the wild, sitting on an elk kill. One ridgeline over is the deepest canyon in the U.S., 4,000 feet deeper than the Grand Canyon. Historically this canyon follows the 1,100 mile Nee-Mee-Poo National Historic Trail where the native Nez Perce had their flight and fight campaign against the U.S. Calvary in 1877. I hope this image taken at twilight captures a bit of the grandeur of this setting.

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