Middle Fork of the Salmon

Located in the heart of Idaho, lies one of the most notable stretches of river in the nation, the Middle Fork of the Salmon. This 100 mile stretch lays out perfectly what best describes Idaho: adventurous, remote, and rugged. For six nights and seven days our crew witnessed the power that is held within this corridor. From snowfall at the put-in at Boundary Creek to blazing heat at Camas Creek camp. From large hits like Velvet Falls at 4.6 ft. to thunder rolling through the Impassable Canyon. We had it all, blissful in every way, away from the daily struggle of city life... enjoy. 

The evening before we set out on our journey was interesting. June in Idaho... really anything can happen weather wise, no joke. 

(1st) With COVID-19, there was no presence of Middle Fork Rangers, only the company of other parties gearing up alongside ours. 

(2nd) Matthew Beauchamp waits downstream of the launch ramp to help Rose Triolo if she were to miss the eddy. 

(3rd) Rose Triolo flies off the launch ramp in the midst of the snow and bounces into the cold river, quickly paddling back to shore. 

(1st) After a day and a half, the weather changed for the better, we finally saw some blue skies  and felt some heat. Downstream we go. 

(2nd) Cooking on the Middle Fork is special, meals are a happy reward for the days outing. It helps when a majority of your crew is from the south, the food is that much better. 

(3rd) The fishing is good, the catching at this time of year... not so much. 

Fun with zinc, lathering up at the beginning of the day was mandatory. The sun can be a vicious thing in this corridor. 

(1st) Loon Creek is, in my opinion, one of the better camp spots on the river. Waking up in the middle of the night and looking up at the sky is unforgettable. 

(2nd) Another plus of Loon Creek is the amazing hot springs you have access to. Well worth the small hike in from camp. 

(3rd) Safety first, always duck tape those glass bottles. 

(4th) The boys taking a cold water dip from the hot springs.

(1st) Can't get enough of these views, they seem endless. 

(2nd) Somehow we avoided what looked like a substantial storm, but we still had the pleasure of seeing mammatus clouds at a few points during the trip. 

(3rd) River daze

(4th) The Idaho state flower, the syringa, is littered throughout the canyon. 

(5th) Believe it or not, with being in the middle of nowhere Idaho, there still are directions on where to go. It helps that there is a through-trail alongside the river for a majority of the stretch. 

(6th) Bacon, you better believe we had a healthy amount on the trip. Ty shows his personal serving for the day. 

(7th) Mel and Rose looking at the cliff walls in hopes of seeing some big horn sheep. 

(1st) Rose gives the group a history lesson while at the Shark-Fin pictograph. The Middle Fork was home to the "Sheepeaters" who got their name for their diet of eating sheep in the area. Pictographs are sprinkled amongst the canyon in many places, some of which you can easily get to. 

(2nd) The most humbling place to be is in the depths of the Middle Fork, otherwise known as the Impassable Canyon. The walls are steep and grand, reminding you how small you are. 

(3rd-4th) Veil Falls cannot go unseen. Due to high winds, the water from this tall falls was shifting 30 feet from left to right. A magical spot to be amongst a thunder storm. 

(5th) Looking back upstream at Mist Falls coming through the tall granite cliffs in the Impassable Canyon. 

(6th) A solid crew. 

John@webstermediahouse.com          208-869-4187

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