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.