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
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.
Middle Fork Aviation, Challis, ID
The final approach
It took 5 flights to get us and our gear to riverside
No electricity, no power inflator. Scott pumps.
The ramp and put-in, Mile 25
Look at that clear water! Mile 25+
Little Soldier Creek, Mile 30.6.
Lunch stop at Little Soldier Creek
Inlet of Little Soldier Creek, Mile 30.6
Rafts arrive at Marble Creek Camp, Mile 31.7
Marble Creek Rapid. Scott, Laura and Sue
Pack bridge at Marble Creek, Mile 31.6
Marcos catches a cutthroat on a streamer
Culver Creek Camp ahead, Mile 45.6
Culver Creek Camp
Above Whitey Cox, Mile 45.9
Whitey Cox area, Mile 46.2
Whitey Cox Camp, Mile 46.2
White Creek pack bridge, Mile 47.7
Shelf Camp, Mile 48.1
Above Big Loon Creek, Mile 48+
Big Loon Creek, Mile 49.3
Squawfish (aka Pike Minnow), caught on a Wooly Bugger, Big Loon Creek
Scott, at Hospital Bar Hot Springs, Mile 52.1
Snake tossing, Marcos
Tappen Falls, Mile 57.9. The camera catches Joe grimacing …
… and Kathy exulting
Marcos at the oars, with Diego
Tappen #3, Kathy
Tappen #3, Marcos and Diego
Tappen #3, Scott
Below Tappen #3, Mile 58.4, upstream view
Camas Creek, Mile 59.9
Wide-angle view at Camas Creek lunch spot, Mile 59.9, with upstream to the left
Above Aparejo Point Rapid, Mile 62.6
The cutthroat trout is named for the red slash seen on its lower jaw
Approaching Sheep Creek Camp, Mile 65.3
Pine, Sheep Creek Camp, Mile 65.3
Jack Creek Rapid, Mile 70.7
Above Wilson Creek, Mile 72.7
Area above Survey Creek, Mile 73
Bobtail Creek, Mile 76.4
Waterfall Creek Rapid, Mile 77.8
Kathy and Steve, at Cutthroat Cove Camp, Mile 78.9
Packing up, at Cutthroat Cove Camp, Mile 78.9
Mile 82 area. Sue
Lichen, Mile 82.5 area
Redside Rapid, Mile 82.7. Kathy
Approaching Upper Cliffside Rapid, Mile 88.6. Sue
Upper Cliffside Rapid, Mile 88.6. Kayaker surfs top wave.
Upper Cliffside Rapid, Mile 88.6. Another kayaker.
Upper Cliffside Rapid, Mile 88.6. Joe and Sue.
View at Cliffside Camp, Mile 89.7
Rubber Rapid, Mile 91.1
Hancock Rapid, Mile 92.2, Marcos and Diego
Solitude Camp, Mile 92.7, Marcos and Diego
Devil’s Tooth Rapid, Mile 93.4, commercial trip
Devil’s Tooth Rapid, Mile 93.4, Joe
Devil’s Tooth Rapid, Mile 93.4, Kathy
Devil’s Tooth Rapid, Mile 93.4, Marcos and Diego
Devil’s Tooth Rapid, Mile 93.4, kayaker
same as above
House Rocks Rapids, Mile 94
same as above
Swells on a tongue, Mile 95 area
At the confluence with the Main Fork, which comes in from the right. Banded gneiss bedrock is seen through the water. Mile 96.3
Another look at same. Interesting!
We join the Main Fork, turning left.
Stoddard pack bridge, Mile 96.9
Cramer Creek Rapid, Mile 99
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