The meet for this Hell’s Canyon of the Snake River trip (Wet Planet’s first Hell’s Canyon adventure in partnership with Winding Waters Expeditions out of Joseph, OR) was at a quaint little bed and breakfast in town the night before the trip. This gave us a chance to answer any last minute questions and give everyone their dry bags to pack their personal items that were going to be taken down the river. After a hearty breakfast early the next morning, we were on our way to Hell’s Canyon Dam and the put-in for this trip.
After a quick paddle briefing and all of our gear stowed in the gear raft, we pushed off and werre whisked away by the big flow of the river. We had great water for this trip, and it is definitely a big water experience. We would travel around 10 miles the first day and encounter the two largest rapids of the trip: Wild Sheep and Granite. At 22,000 cfs, these rapids were giant roller coaster rides amid huge holes and waves. The favorite experience for some guests would be going through the “Green Room”, right down the middle through Granite. I have to admit hitting that line is something I will never forget. Wow!
This river is not just about big rapids though; we we would make several stops along the way to check out old homesteader cabins from the early 1900’s and Native American pictographs from thousands of years ago. After an exciting day of rapids and explorations, we stopped at a fabulous camp just downstream of Granite Rapid for some relaxation and an incredible meal prepared in dutch ovens. We even had a delicious cobbler that was prepared with fruit that was picked that day at one of the old homesteader cabins.
The next morning after coffee and a delicious breakfast, we pushed off and headed downstream for another day of fun in the sun. Lots of fun rapids, more homesteads and pictographs to check out, and some amazing small-mouth bass fishing to be had.
Ahhh, fun in the sun. After lunch, we even broke out the inflatable kayaks for the guests that wanted a little more “personal” experience with the river. After about fifteen miles on the river we pulled into our second night’s camp and another afternoon of relaxation and great food. The stars came out and soon the full moon would rise from behind the canyon walls lighting up the whole of the inner canyon. Good stuff!
Well, I have to admit that everyone was a little sad the beginning of the third day, because this was the day we would be taking out and heading back to the real world. A few of our guests just wanted to keep on heading down the river and wished they had signed up for a longer trip. We arrived at Pittsburgh Landing around 1:00 pm. After our last meal together, hand shakes, hugs, and emails were exchanged, and everyone slipped back into their cars and headed for home. Everyone had heads full of memories and an urge to float through the wilderness again as soon as they could. It sure is addicting. There is not a much better way to spend a few days than floating down the Snake River through Hell’s Canyon. I think Huckleberry Finn said that once, and he was talking about the Mississippi. He would have loved a trip down the Snake River through Hell’s Canyon. I’m sure you would also. Spots are limited, so gete signed up soon for an amazing life experience! See ya on the river, Jeff
– Wet Planet @ 04:38 PM