There’s no way around it- June is an incredible time to explore the Middle Fork Salmon River. This past month, we hiked and ran dozens of trails, rafted 400 exhilarating river miles, soaked in numerous hot springs, explored countless waterfalls, and even experienced one day of snow. Through all the adventures and fun, we were able to capture a few videos and photos.
The flight In
Our first trip of the season, June 3rd, began with an incredible backcountry flight into the Middle Fork Salmon River. This 30-minute flight started in Stanley, flew down Rapid River creek and landed at Indian Creek Airstream.
June means exploration and the Idaho River Journeys Crew introduced our guests to their favorite hiking and running trails. Whether it was a steep climb to an incredible view, a scramble up to a spring waterfall, or running along meandering trails to jaw-dropping vantage points, our crew and guests did it all. Over 50 miles of river and side trails were explored.
The spring runoff allowed us to experience some towering waterfalls. From Waterfall creek tumbling over the bridge, Veil Falls cascading off the canyon walls, to the lesser known drops that run during the early season. The crew took advantage of this incredible time to see the canyon spring runoff.
Middle Fork Canyon
The alpine splendor of June offered stunning landscapes in bloom. Lush green sagebrush, bright yellow Arrowleaf Balsamroot, purple Camas, and our state flower the vivid white Syringa, all in spectacular color.
Even with all the exploration, we had plenty of downtime at camp. Having peak flows meant fast current, and thus more time to relax, sit back, and let go. Which gave our guests time to appreciate the pace of the trip and take in the adventure.