The Salmon River, Idaho #2 – 2009


The Wild and Scenic Salmon River runs through the 2,366,757 acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Its waters are the purest in the lower 48 states.

NOTE: This post is preceded by a post on our 1981 and 1997 Salmon River trips. The Main Fork, in 1981, and the Middle Fork, in 1997: https://wordpress.com/post/believesteve.org/18530

2009

In 2009, we were invited by our friends, Michele and Marcos Puigarri, to join their Middle Fork trip. It being late summer (8-21-09), we again chose Indian Creek as our launch point.

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We met at the Village Inn, in Challis, ID

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Middle Fork Aviation, Challis, ID

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Kathy

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Michele

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View towards the White Cloud Mountains

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Indian Creek, again. As before, we circle over the strip to lose altitude.

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The final approach

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Kathy

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It took 5 flights to get us and our gear to riverside

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No electricity, no power inflator. Scott pumps.

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The ramp and put-in, Mile 25

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We are checked-out by USFS Ranger Amanda

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Look at that clear water! Mile 25+

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Indian Creek enters on the left, Mile 26.1.

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Little Soldier Creek, Mile 30.6.

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Lunch stop at Little Soldier Creek

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Inlet of Little Soldier Creek, Mile 30.6

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Rafts arrive at Marble Creek Camp, Mile 31.7

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The Puigarri brothers rig-up, as Scott looks on

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Marble Creek Rapid, Mile 31.7

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same as above

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Marble Creek Rapid. Scott, Laura and Sue

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Pack bridge at Marble Creek, Mile 31.6

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Hot Springs at Sunflower Flat, Mile 32.6

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Marcos catches a cutthroat on a streamer

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Lunch and a snooze, at Jackass Camp, Mile 37.2

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Jackass Rapid, Mile 37.2

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Mile 40ish

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Culver Creek Camp ahead, Mile 45.6

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Culver Creek Camp

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same as above

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Above Whitey Cox, Mile 45.9

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Whitey Cox area, Mile 46.2

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Whitey Cox Camp, Mile 46.2

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White Creek pack bridge, Mile 47.7

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Kathy, with cutthroat, Mile 47.8

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Shelf Camp, Mile 48.1

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Above Big Loon Creek, Mile 48+

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Big Loon Creek, Mile 49.3

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Lunch, at Big Loon Creek, Mile 49.3

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Squawfish (aka Pike Minnow), caught on a Wooly Bugger, Big Loon Creek

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Underwater Canyon, Mile 50+

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Scott, at Hospital Bar Hot Springs, Mile 52.1

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At Grouse Creek Camp, Mile 56.5

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Evening at Grouse Creek Camp, Mile 56.5. A great camp!

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Rattler!

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Snake tossing, Marcos

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Tappen Falls, Mile 57.9. The camera catches Joe grimacing …

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… and Kathy exulting

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Marcos at the oars, with Diego

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Tappen #3, Kathy

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Tappen #3, Marcos and Diego

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Tappen #3, Scott

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Tappen #3. Commercial raft with sweep oars, a Salmon River tradition

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Below Tappen #3, Mile 58.4, upstream view

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Entry of Camas Creek, Mile 59.9

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Camas Creek, Mile 59.9

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Wide-angle view at Camas Creek lunch spot, Mile 59.9, with upstream to the left

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Camas Creek, Mile 59.9. Three women on a rock.

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Downstream view to Aparejo Point, Mile 62

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Above Aparejo Point Rapid, Mile 62.6

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The cutthroat trout is named for the red slash seen on its lower jaw

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Clematis vine

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Approaching Sheep Creek Camp, Mile 65.3

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Pine, Sheep Creek Camp, Mile 65.3

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Sheep Creek Camp, Mile 65.3, Laura

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Diego is very pleased with his purchase of ice at the Flying B Ranch, Mile 66.8

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The very rocky Haystack Rapid, Mile 68.1

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Jack Creek Rapid, Mile 70.7

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Jack Creek Rapid, Mile 70.7

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Above Wilson Creek, Mile 72.7

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Approaching Wilson Creek, Mile 72.8

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Wilson Creek Camp, Mile 72.9

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Entry of Wilson Creek, Mile 72.9

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Area above Survey Creek, Mile 73

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Commercial trip at Survey Creek Camp, Mile 74.8

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Woolard Creek Camp, Mile 74.9

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Cutthroat trout caught on a grasshopper imitation, Mile 74 area

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Above Fly Camp, Mile 75.6

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Bobtail Creek, Mile 76.4

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Waterfall Creek Rapid, Mile 77.8

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Entry of Waterfall Creek, Mile 77.8

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Big Creek enters from the left, Mile 77.9. The section of river canyon called Impassible Canyon begins here. The Middle Fork trail, which has followed the river from the start, leaves the river here.

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Camp at Cutthroat Cove. Diego fishes. Mile 78.9

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Kathy and Steve, at Cutthroat Cove Camp, Mile 78.9

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Then I went through the chair!

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Packing up, at Cutthroat Cove Camp, Mile 78.9

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Mile 82 area. One of the nicest walls in the canyon.

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Mile 82 area. Sue

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Lichen, Mile 82.5 area

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Redside Rapid, Mile 82.7. Kathy

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Papoose Creek, Mile 84.4, river left

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Ship Island Creek and Peak 5548′, Mile 84.5

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Parrot Cabin grotto, Mile 87.9

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Approaching Upper Cliffside Rapid, Mile 88.6. Sue

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She swam

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Upper Cliffside Rapid, Mile 88.6. Kayaker surfs top wave.

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Upper Cliffside Rapid, Mile 88.6. Another kayaker.

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Upper Cliffside Rapid, Mile 88.6. Joe and Sue.

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Upper Cliffside Rapid, Mile 88.6. Marcos and Diego

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View at Cliffside Camp, Mile 89.7

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Rubber Rapid, Mile 91.1

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Hancock Rapid, Mile 92.2, Diego

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Hancock Rapid, Mile 92.2, Marcos and Diego

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Solitude Camp, Mile 92.7, Marcos and Diego

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Devil’s Tooth Rapid, Mile 93.4, commercial trip

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Devil’s Tooth Rapid, Mile 93.4. Commercial sweep boat we saw earlier.

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Devil’s Tooth Rapid, Mile 93.4, Joe

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Devil’s Tooth Rapid, Mile 93.4, Kathy

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Devil’s Tooth Rapid, Mile 93.4, Marcos and Diego

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Devil’s Tooth Rapid, Mile 93.4, kayaker

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same as above

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House Rocks Rapids, Mile 94

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same as above

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Swells on a tongue, Mile 95 area

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At the confluence with the Main Fork, which comes in from the right. Banded gneiss bedrock is seen through the water. Mile 96.3

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Another look at same. Interesting!

We join the Main Fork, turning left.

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Stoddard pack bridge, Mile 96.9

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Cramer Creek Rapid, Mile 99

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same as above

The take-out at Cache Bar was less than a mile downstream, at Mile 99.7. Thanks, Puigarris, for inviting us on your trip!

See Part #1, of our Salmon River trips in 1981 and 1997, with the Main Fork in 1981, and the Middle Fork in 1997: https://wordpress.com/post/believesteve.org/18530

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Evensteven

I am a photographer and author, and live in Embudo, New Mexico, alongside the Rio Grande. I have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: The Grand: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447 I have also published six additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-salt-river/id12449222822. 2. Coyote Buttes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/coyote-buttes/id1271773201 3. Four Cornered, the Land: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered/id1384038899 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered-book-two-the-rivers/id1402287568 5. Rio Marañon: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered-book-two-the-rivers/id1402287568 6. Rio Grande: https://books.apple.com/us/book/rio-grande-new-mexico/id1469126321
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