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Seven Devils Campground

Hells Canyon + Seven Devils Mountains, Idaho

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  • The short road from Windy Saddle to the campground is lined by wildflowers.- Seven Devils Campground
  • Seven Devils Lake is just a short walk from the campground.- Seven Devils Campground
  • A typical campsite at Seven Devils Campground.- Seven Devils Campground
  • A typical campsite at Seven Devils Campground.- Seven Devils Campground
  • One of two vault toilets at the campground.- Seven Devils Campground
  • A typical campsite at Seven Devils Campground.- Seven Devils Campground
  • Seven Devils Campground.- Seven Devils Campground
  • A typical campsite at Seven Devils Campground.- Seven Devils Campground
  • A typical campsite at Seven Devils Campground.- Seven Devils Campground
  • The trail to Seven Devils Lake from the campground.- Seven Devils Campground
  • The trail to Seven Devils Lake from the campground.- Seven Devils Campground
  • A typical campsite at Seven Devils Campground.- Seven Devils Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Solitude. Views of Seven Devils and the surrounding area.
Cons: 
Rough road to campground. No views from campsites themselves.
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Region:
Hells Canyon + Seven Devils Mountains, ID
Managed by: 
Forest Service
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
No
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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After roughing the 17 miles and 5,500 feet of elevation gain to reach Windy Saddle and the Seven Devils, the Seven Devils Campground offers a quiet, enclosed place to camp. While Windy Saddle, aptly named, is continuously swept by winds coming off the depth of Hells Canyon, Seven Devils Campground, just a quarter mile down the road from the saddle, is protected by mountains and forest. There aren't noteworthy views from the campground itself, but walk up the road and to Windy Saddle for amazing perspectives from this high ridge. Find your favorite of the 10 free, unnumbered and first-come, first-served campsites to setup your tent, for it's likely you'll have this place to yourself or share it with only a few other intrepid visitors.

Every campsite has a picnic table and a fire pit, but other than the two vault toilets also in the campground, there are no other amenities provided up here. Bring your potable water or a way to filter water from one of the nearby streams or Seven Devils Lake. And make sure to keep your food in your car at night to keep it from the mountain goats, foxes, deer and marmots that are regular visitors to the area. Also, be sure to pack out all of your trash; there are no garbage cans in the campground and it is only infrequently maintained by the Forest Service.

From the campground you can walk or drive the 2 miles to Heaven's Gate Lookout or depart on the trail from Windy Saddle that takes you into the Seven Devils. This can also be a launch point for multi-day backpacking trips into Hells Canyon or the surrounding mountains. Seven Devils Lake, accessible by a short trail from the campground, is stocked with trout and has a few benches to take in the peaceful nature of this quiet place. If the campground is entirely occupied, which is only a remote possibility, there are more camping spots at the Windy Ridge Trailhead just up the road.

The road to Seven Devils Campground can be rough, and it can be slow going to avoid the numerous potholes. It opens once the snows fully melt in late June and closes with the return of snow in October and November.

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