On a warm July day, we began our hike at the Boundary Creek Trail Head for the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The Middle Fork flows through the heart of the largest wilderness area in the Lower 48, The Frank Church River of No Return. [attachment=7:qjwc7idk]Hiking in to Trail Ck1.jpg[/attachment:qjwc7idk]
The trail was not always immediately adjacent to the river, but we could occasionally catch glimpses of rafts and kayaks as they navigated the Class 3 and 4 rapids on this spectacular Wild and Scenic River. [attachment=0:qjwc7idk]Sweep Boat in Powerhouse Rapids.jpg[/attachment:qjwc7idk]
Of course, our goats received many double-takes from the rafters!
After about 9 miles, we reached our campsite. [attachment=1:qjwc7idk]Middle Fork Campsite.jpg[/attachment:qjwc7idk]
We were happy to be off the hot trail & several of us cooled off with a dip in the clear water.
The next day, some of us stayed behind to fish this acclaimed trout stream, while the rest of us hiked further down-river to an old mining cabin. Amazing scenery was around every bend. [attachment=6:qjwc7idk]Big Bend1.jpg[/attachment:qjwc7idk][attachment=4:qjwc7idk]Joe Bump Cabin.jpg[/attachment:qjwc7idk]
The hike gave us some interesting challenges.[attachment=5:qjwc7idk]Log Crossing Ramshorn Creek.jpg[/attachment:qjwc7idk]Some of our goats opted to ford rather than cross on the log:
On the way back to our camp, it began to rain, a welcome relief from the fierce heat we experienced the day before. We were pretty cold and wet by the time we arrived back at camp & got our goats situated under their tarps. A 3-hour rainstorm ensued. How quickly the weather had changed! Luckily, a warm bath awaited us. The Middle Fork is known for its natural hot springs, and our camp site did not disappoint. [attachment=2:qjwc7idk]Trail Creek Hot Spring1.jpg[/attachment:qjwc7idk]
Another amazing trip, with good friends, spectacular scenery, made especially memorable by our awesome pack goats![attachment=3:qjwc7idk]End of the Trail.jpg[/attachment:qjwc7idk]