My husband and I took our kids to Heaven yesterday…or rather, Heaven’s Gate; a lookout point here in Idaho that looks out over Hell’s Canyon to the west (and thus, the states of Oregon and Washington), and the canyon that holds the Middle Fork Salmon River to the east (which is the river just down the street from our house). Apparently, you can see all the way into Montana looking out towards the east from Heaven’s Gate.
We got to talk to the couple who staffs the lookout in the summer months. They keep watch for forest fires, so they can be reported quickly. What an important and fun job! To have that view every single day…wow!
I can’t forget to mention the view of the Seven Devils, five of which you can see from the lookout point.
The hike from the parking lot to the top is just under a quarter mile, and the trail is well-maintained. Of course, it’s worth noting that the hike is at 8,000 feet elevation, so with a baby on my back it was a little difficult. I took lots of breaks for pictures!
Also worth noting is that, while the temperature is usually warmer at this time of year, we are currently experiencing a cold snap, which brought snow to this elevation.
If you ever get a chance to make this hike, make sure you dress in layers and bring winter gear just in case (even before Labor Day!), because the wind chill was probably around 40 yesterday! Oh, and don’t do like my 9 year old did and wear flip flops (don’t get me started on that one). Just don’t.
All in all, it was a wonderful day, full of many unschooled learning moments!