Near Imnaha in Wallowa County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
The Bonneville Expedition
"When great obstacles present, and threaten to keep them back, their hearts swell, and they push forward" Washington Irving
An exploration party crossed this divide between the Snake and the Imnaha in winter.
Capt. B.L.E. Bonneville and three companions left Pocatello, Idaho Christmas Day 1833 for Fort Walla Walla on the Columbia River. The Snake River's impassable Hells Canyon forced them to climb out over this snow-covered divide.
The exhausted men and pack animals endured 20 days of extreme hardships before reaching the Imnaha River.
Erected by Wallowa - Whitman National Forest.
Location. 45° 11.515′ N, 116° 45.793′ W. Marker is near Imnaha, Oregon, in Wallowa County. Marker can be reached from Forest Road 3965 4.5 miles north of Forest Road 490, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Imnaha OR 97842, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Story Written in Stone (approx. 5.9 miles away); Land Of Fire And Water (approx. 5.9 miles away); Look Over Hells Canyon ... (approx. 5.9 miles away); Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (approx. 5.9 miles away).
1. Directions to Marker
To reach the marker, start from the Hells Canyon Overlook. (Visit the USFS website on the Hells Canyon Overlook for directions and information on whether the overlook is open.) From the overlook parking lot, take a right and proceed north on National Forest Road 490 for 2.75 miles to the intersection with National Forest Road 3965. Stay to the right and continue north on NF-3965 for 4.5 miles. Look to the right side of the road, and the marker will be 400 feet to the east near the ridgeline. The road from Hells Canyon Overlook to the marker is a one-lane dirt/gravel road that may cause difficulties for some vehicles.
— Submitted March 9, 2016.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 9, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 9, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.