Middle Fork of the Salmon - Tumble Creek Campground

Day 7 (10.9 miles) to Cache Bar

On the river at 9:00 AM for a short day. Pretty easy paddling to Rubber rapid, which is a short drop into a tall steep and pointed haystack at the bottom. The general consensus is that Hancock rapid is more fun, being longer and with more haystacks at the bottom. Numerous excellent endo spots today behind rocks and in the fast moving mid-river waves. The river is in a large cliff lined canyon with pool-drop type rapids and big water.

We stopped for lunch at a large sand bar within sight of the main Salmon, with one of the largest Poison Ivy patches I can remember. The water temperature is 61 degrees F. today on the Middle Fork. The water on the main Salmon is even warmer. We paddled for two miles on the main Salmon (some huge surfing waves) to the take-out at Cache Bar at 1:00 PM.

We met the chartered bus and loaded all the boats, frames, and coolers onto the trailer and put the gear bags and rafts in the back of the bus. The beer-soaked trip back to Stanley took about 4 hours and our at first rowdy group became pretty subdued towards the end.

We sorted out gear in Stanley for about an hour, bade farewell to our fellow paddlers, and headed for home at 8:00 PM. Five miles down the road from Stanley is a turn off to the Redfish campground. One mile past the bridge is a shower house where a hot shower can be had for a buck. We then drove 16 hours straight through and arrived home at Noon on Sunday.

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