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Pittsburg Landing

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Whitebird to Pittsburg Landing, Wallowa-whitman National Forest, Pittsburg Saddle, Snake River, Deer Creek Road, Big Canyon, Jones Creek

Last Known StatusOpen

This area offers visitors views of the Snake River, rugged mountains and the deepest river gorge in North America, Hells Canyon. The area is popular with boaters and jet skis. The area has a pleasant campground with 28 sites, each with a concrete pad, picnic tables, and shade trees. A short distance away from the campground entrance is two ATV trails - the first trail on the left just goes for a couple miles and eventually ends near the riverbed while the second trailhead (Big Canyon Trail) is roughly 11 miles long and is a but more rugged.

Machines that are street legal can travel on Deer Creek Road, which is a hard packed, narrow gravel road that is 17 miles long each way. Use caution as this road is used heavily by trucks towing boats and trailers.

Just past the campground is a large boat ramp and a picnic/day use area. Overall, this is a decent spot to bring the dual sport bikes and boats for a nice camping weekend. Gas, food and supplies can be found at the nearby towns of Whitebird, Riggens or Grangeville.

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Permit RequiredYesIdaho OHV Registration Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoA non-resident registration sticker must be purchased. (As of January 2020, Idaho no longer honors stickers from other states.)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Some Areaspermitted on Deer Creek Road
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areas(maximum width 50 inches)
permitted on Deer Creek Road
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest, County Land


Tent: $15.00
RV: $15.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Pittsburg Campground Fee


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityWhite Bird, ID
AddressDeer Creek Road, White Bird, ID 83554
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: White Bird, ID
1) Take Hwy 95 South about 1.5 miles
2) Turn right (west) onto Old Hwy 95, continue .9 miles
3) Veer left onto Doumecq Road, continue .2 miles
4) Turn left (south) onto Deer Creek Road/FS Road 493, continue about 17 miles toward campground entrance.


Contact InfoWallowa-whitman National Forest
1339 Highway 95 South
Riggins, ID 83549
(208) 628-3916
Contact InfoIdaho Parks And Recreation
5657 E. Warm Springs Ave
Boise, ID 83716
(208) 334-4197
CommentIdaho OHV Sticker Info


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Pittsburg Landing Trail

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Pittsburg Landing Trail

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Approx Size10,000 acres (16 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail17
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1100 to 4000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has mostly roads.Mostly
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has some shaded areas.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None


Gasoline GasolineWhite Bird, ID
Diesel DieselWhite Bird, ID
Potable Water WaterOn SitePittsburg Campground (208) 628-3916
RV Hookups RV HookupWhite Bird, ID
RV Dump Station RV DisposalWhite Bird, IDHammer Creek Campground (208) 962-3245
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SitePittsburg Campground (208) 628-3916
Convenience Store Conv StoreWhite Bird, ID
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