Middle Fork of the Salmon - Pungo Creek Campground
Day 3 (18.8 miles) to Whitey Cox Campground
Up a little later for breakfast and drying out in the sun. A
completely cloudless day and quite warm. Easy, playful paddling
to Marble Creek rapid.
We did our first cliff diving of the trip
by pushing the boats from a ledge right above Marble Creek.
Marble creek rapid is above an eddyless stretch of river with a
large shallow gravel bar on river right. A mid-river tongue,
leads easily through the bottom with two turbulent holes on
either side. Tom nearly lost his helmet in one of these holes.
Sunflower flat hot springs flows out on a board above a ledge at
the river's edge, creating a warm shower. The two upper pools
are much warmer at 120 and 109 degrees. This was a very relaxing
lunch stop. A great endo hole is on river right, before Pine
Creek Flat campground. Very turbulent water below will test your
Jackass rapid is fun with large boulders on the
left, and not much of consequence below. The water continues to
get more powerful, but the river is not noticeably bigger than
Whitey Cox campground is on a large gravel and sand bar next to a
large pool in the river. An upper bench has the hot springs and
outhouse with a nice grassy meadow containing a small pond.