When it comes to enjoying activities during the early mornings, afternoons and evenings during your Middle Fork Salmon River adventure, we’ve got an entire week of treats for our guests that provide ultimate enjoyment on a number of levels.
Each day, once we’re off the river, myself and my very experienced guides will talk to you personally about shoreline adventures you will experience as we make our way along this beautiful river.
Of your choosing, opportunities for quiet, easy hikes or more advanced hikes throughout your Middle Fork Salmon River adventures are plentiful.
HIKING FOR FITNESS AND DISCOVERY
Remember that we’re floating the crystal clear waters through the very heart of the renowned and celebrated Frank Church Wilderness in Central Idaho, the largest Federally Protected Wilderness Area in the Continental United States.
Hiking in the Frank Church Wilderness along the Middle Fork Salmon River offers varied landscapes and views along the river and above where high bluffs overlook the river with extraordinary visual enjoyment.
HIKING TO ENJOY WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS
Our hikes are typically where guests will get the opportunity to see wildlife such as big horned sheep on high ridges, or bear and smaller mammals.
FAVORITE HIKES ALONG THE SHORES OF THE MIDDLE FORK SALMON RIVER
Whatever your preference, there are plenty of options for enjoyment of your time along the shorelines of your Middle Fork Salmon River adventure.
Almost every camp along the Middle Fork Salmon River offers the opportunity to take quiet hikes in the woods and there are a few favorites that we’ll share as you engage your adventure with us.
Here’s a list of a handful of the named hikes:
- LITTLE PINE HIKE
- WILLARD HIKE
- VAIL FALLS HIKE
- RATTLESNAKE CAVES HIKE
- LOON HOT SPRINGS HIKE
- NUGGET CREEK CANYON HIKE
As a natural feature, Vail Falls offers guests a moderate hike where you’ll scramble up the hill to see a 200 foot waterfall with a cathedral cave that you can stand behind to get showered by mountain spring water that you can safely drink and refresh yourself. On a sunny day you see the rainbows of light that shine through and deflect in a myriad of colors.
We’ve got easier hikes to caves such as Rattlesnake Caves and Loon Hot Springs where we soak in a natural rock tub of hot water straight out of the ground. Paradise!
Nugget Creek Canyon is another hike where we climb up to a natural grotto box canyon with the waterfall coming off of it and you can search for gold in the creek bottom.
Hikes to natural pictographs are a treat, representing historical remnants of the Shoshone Indians who were still native to these lands until five years after the battle with Chief Joseph when the Sheepeater Wars ended their reign.
We’ll hike to historic mines, old cabins and homesteads that litter the shorelines and embankments where tough settlers lived in the mid to late 1800’s and even into the early 1900’s.
We’ve even occasionally gotten up early in the morning to take a hike up to the peak of a ridge and watched the sunrise. What a spectacular nature experience that is.
If you’re thinking about activities to keep you occupied once we’re off the river, rest assured, we’ve got you covered.
From hikes to stretch your legs and gain a oneness with your natural world, wildlife sightings that are equally fascinating to enjoy, and the awesome therapeutic qualities of hot springs that offer warm, soothing soaks, there are lots of excellent activities along the shoreline of the Middle Fork Salmon River to keep your fascination levels at a peak until you’re ready to kick back.
These beautiful canyons, ridges and waterfalls throughout the Frank Church Wilderness become geological silhouettes that become treasured memories and stories to share with friends and family about your entire discovery experience with the Adventure Sun Valley team.
Its all here on the Middle Fork Salmon River and we’re always thrilled to show you these natural wonders that are such a treasured privilege to experience in the heart of Idaho’s Frank Church “River of No Return” Wilderness.
Contact me personally if you have any questions or would like to talk more about adventures above the shoreline.