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Idaho Hiking: Middle Fork of the Salmon River

6 Days from $2169
Trip Highlights
  • Idaho hiking trip on the Middle Fork Salmon
  • World-class trout fishing
  • Natural hot springs and sandy beaches
  • Class III Idaho rafting and a selection of boat types
  • Pristine alpine scenery, dramatic gorges, rolling hills & waterfalls
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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveller Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting)

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2016: June 6

Meeting Place
Mountain Village Lodge in Stanley, Idaho

$2169* to $2249

Please call 800-346-6277 for 2016 dates & prices.

Deposit: $500 per person

*Premiere Pricing! Available when you're one of the first four people to book by March 31, 2016.

Additional Costs:
$4/day USFS Recreation demo fee

River Rating Minimum Age
Class III - IV (Hiking is considered moderately strenuous)12
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Middle Fork of the Salmon River Hiker Special - Overview

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The Middle Fork of the Salmon River has long been considered a classic North American river trip. Revered by whitewater and wilderness enthusiasts worldwide, the Middle Fork Salmon runs through the heart of the Frank Church "River of No Return" Wilderness offering the quintessential Idaho whitewater rafting experience combined with unrivaled alpine scenery, dramatic granite gorges juxtaposed against soft rolling hills, hot springs, side creeks and waterfalls, Blue Ribbon trout fishing, and endless Idaho hiking opportunities. On our Hiker Special itinerary, intrepid travelers have the unique opportunity to experience the Middle Fork as most hikers could only dream, with the expert support of our experienced O.A.R.S. outdoor guides. Each day we set out on a new hike to explore – from the Salmon River on up – the routes to Bear Creek Point overlook, Big Creek, Veil Falls, and Nugget Grotto. On most days, we spend a few hours in our rafts traversing the Middle Fork’s incomparable whitewater and a layover day provides us with more than one full-day hike to some rarely visited gems of the Frank Church Wilderness Area.

Middle Fork of the Salmon River Hiker - Itinerary at a Glance

  • Meet your O.A.R.S. guides for a pre-trip meeting the night before the trip at the Mountain Village Resort in Stanley, Idaho
  • Enjoy a scenic flight to our put-in at Thomas Creek
  • Enjoy the best of Idaho rafting through fantastic alpine scenery, deep green forests, dramatic mountains and crystal clear creeks
  • Raft for most of the day to camp and enjoy a moderate hike to Loon Creek Hot Springs
  • Try your hand at an inflatable kayak on the Salmon River's Middle Fork with exciting Class III-IV whitewater
  • Take an all-day hike to Bear Creek Point overlook
  • Feast on a delicious riverside dinner, take a swim, and relax by the fire with a glass of wine
  • Watch the scenery change from high mountains to rolling hills as you float through Idaho landscapes
  • Idaho's forests give way to miles of open grassland dotted with cool glades of pine
  • Run classic rapids like Rubber and Hancock
  • Have another soak in a hot spring and visit caves decorated with Sheepeater Indian pictographs
  • Hike up Big Creek then explore the magnificent Veil Falls plummeting into a natural amphitheatre
  • Hike to Nugget Grotto
  • Reach the confluence of the Main Salmon and head back to civilization

Although the hikes along the Middle Fork of the Salmon are generally only moderately strenuous overall, trails can at times be steep, rocky and narrow with exposed sections. The Hiker Special Itinerary is therefore not recommended for people who have a fear of heights or children under the age of 12 years.

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O.A.R.S. is an author ized concessioner of Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Grand Te ton National Parks and Dinosaur National Monument.
Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

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