Hells Canyon Loop Tour: Day 1 of 3
On Highway 129 about half way between the towns of Asotin and Anatone, WA: 4:04 PM
From Lewiston, Idaho we crossed the Highway 12 bridge over the Snake River into Clarkston, Washington where we picked up Highway 129 and followed it south through to the small town of Asotin, which sits on the west bank of the Snake River.
At Asotin, we found the intersection where there is a sign that reads Highway 3. Highway 3 actually is an Oregon State Route. Washington SR 129 becomes Oregon SR 3 at the Oregon border not long after crossing the Grande Ronde River.
The highway out of Asotin, twists and turns as it climbs out of the canyon giving us great views looking back toward Clarkston and Lewiston. Once out of the canyon, the highway flattens and is a pleasant drive through wheat farms on the left and right at an elevation of 2,910 feet, or, 887 meters.
This was another beautiful September day late in the afternoon with the sun highlighting the harvested wheat fields and the high ground rising in the distance across from Hells Canyon. Struck by the beauty of our pastoral surroundings, we stopped to enjoy the views and take a few photos like the one above.
Next Stop: Dropping Down to the Grande Ronde River