The 217,000-acre Hells Canyon Wilderness Area is one of the most diverse and dramatic landscapes in North America. Great volcanoes rose up out of the sea about 300 million years ago to form the spine of the Seven Devils Mountains in the heart of the wilderness, and those towering peaks were then cut by glacial floodwaters, creating a tableau of deep, steep, rocky canyons that rise up from the Snake River Canyon nearly 8,000 feet to the top of He Devil Peak. Along the western edge of the wilderness, the Snake River carves the border between Oregon and Idaho. It’s dry, treeless country, but as you climb (and climb, and climb) higher into the Seven Devils range, the landscape shifts dramatically. And just as Andy Savage promised, there we found the high alpine country with scattered glacial lakes and dense forests of firs and pine.