Hat Point

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Seasons

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Location

Hat Point is approximately 56 miles NE of Joseph. From Joseph, take Hwy 350, approximately 33 miles to Imnaha. At the town of Imnaha, take FR 4240 south and then FR 315 to Hat Point which is approximately 23.5 miles to the Hat Point Trailhead. This road is a one-lane gravel road with turnouts, has been resurfaced and is suitable for passenger cars. There is a stock loading ramp, hitch rails, fully accessible restrooms, no camping or water on site. You can usually access the trailhead from July to November and is an entrance to the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and the Snake River. Northwest Forest Pass required except for day use area. Pay station on site.

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Habitat and Birds

The mountain birding is wonderful all along FR 4240. You could easily spend a whole morning birding your way to Hat Point. If you don’t see a single bird, the view will make the trip worthwhile. High altitude forests support high altitude birds. Ruffed, Dusky and Spruce Grouse can be found here. Mountain Quail have been seen here as well. Black-backed and American Three-toed Woodpeckers can be found along with several other woodpecker species (especially Williamson’s Sapsucker). Rarely, White-winged Crossbills and Pine Grosbeaks can be seen in the area along with many more common forest species.

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