Middle Fork of the Salmon
Life on the Middle Fork
In an age where the whitewater sport is often pushing the limits of how many river miles can be paddled in a day, the Middle Fork is a welcome break where the object is to stay out there and enjoy the place as much as possible. Although the river can be done fairly easily in 3-4 days at the levels we had, we chose 8 days as a nice trip length. To that end, we awoke on day 5, loaded up the rafts, and paddled a whopping 3/4 mile down to Sunflower Flats before we pulled over and took and extended 3 hour lunch and hot-spring break.
After a mellow afternoon on the river, we rolled in to White Creek camp, where we were planning to lay over for 2 nights so that we could day hike to Big Loon Hot Springs the next day. Remember, the object is to take as long as possible out here and enjoy it to the max! Doing a river trip like this involves a lot work, which makes laying over a real treat since the loading and unloading of rafts and setting up of camp comprises the bulk of each day's labor. Layover days are the true vacation days on the river.
Andria day hiking up Loon Creek.
After a super relaxing layover, it was back on the river for two days of BIG water in Impassable Canyon at 6 feet+.