Idaho Hiking Adventure in Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Starts: Stanley, United States
Finishes: Salmon, United States

Visit: Stanley, Salmon

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Hiking


The Middle Fork of the Salmon River has long been considered a classic North American river trip. Revered by whitewater and wilderness enthusiasts worldwide, the Middle Fork Salmon runs through the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness offering the quintessential Idaho whitewater rafting experience combined with unrivaled alpine scenery, dramatic granite gorges juxtaposed against soft rolling hills, hot springs, side creeks and waterfalls, Blue Ribbon trout fishing, and endless Idaho hiking opportunities. On our Hiker Special itinerary, intrepid travelers have the unique opportunity to experience the Middle Fork as most hikers could only dream, with the expert support of our experienced guides. Each day we set out on a new hike to explore from river level and up the routes to Bear Creek Point overlook, Big Creek, Veil Falls, and Nugget Grotto. On most days, we spend a few hours in our rafts traversing the Middle Forks incomparable whitewater and and an optional layover day provides us with more than one full-day hike to some rarely visited gems of the Frank Church Wilderness Area.

Although the hikes along the Middle Fork are generally only moderately challenging overall, trails can at times be steep, rocky and narrow with exposed sections. The Hiker Special Itinerary is therefore not recommended for people who have a fear of heights or children under the age of 12 years.


    • Idaho hiking trip on the Wild & Scenic Middle Fork Salmon River
    • Pristine alpine scenery, dramatic gorges, rolling hills & abundant wildlife
    • Natural hot springs and sandy beaches
    • Hike to scenic overlooks, historic sites & waterfalls deep in the Frank Church Wilderness
    • Class III-IV Idaho rafting and a selection of boat types

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 69479
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private##Private
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Stanley, United States
Finishes: Salmon, United States
Duration: 6 days
Physical rating: Basic


  • Skilled professional guide service
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 through lunch on the last day with limited beer and wine with dinner
  • 5 nights catered camping
  • Two waterproof bags to hold your gear for the trip (approximate sealed size: 13” diameter x 25” tall). Please note: your sleeping gear will come already packed in one of the two waterproof bags.  Your remaining gear, therefore, must fit in one 
  • One small waterproof bag for camera and other small items you’ll want during the day (approximate sealed size: 17” tall x 9” diameter)
  • Two-person tents on a shared basis (there is a $30 charge for a private tent)
  • Sleep kits consisting of a sleeping bag, deluxe 3-inch thick foam and air-filled sleeping pad, ground tarp, sheet, pillow and pillowcase
  • Personal flotation device (PFD) which must be worn at all times on the river in compliance with safety regulations
  • 12-ounce insulated Klean Kanteen with Café Lid to use for drinks in camp
  • Camp chairs
  • Eating utensils, cups and plates
  • Highest quality inflatable rafts, kayaks and related equipment
  • Transfers from Stanley to the river and from the river to Salmon
  • For clients with a high interest in using the inflatable kayaks, we will bring a limited supply of wetsuits. If you have your own, please feel free to bring it with you (does not include footwear of any kind, including wetsuit booties)



Price person (sharing double) $2,599 ($433/day)


$500 per person for bookings made 60 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 60 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Super Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

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United States Frank Church, Salmon River, Middle Fork, Thomas Creek, Loon Creek Hot Springs, Bear Creek Point, Big Creek, Nugget Grotto



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Sarge from Ames, Iowa  

This year will be my sixth trip with OAR's/Grand Canyon Dories. Makes me want to become a Boatman.

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Flyfisher Frank from Colorado  

I love beautiful rivers and the fish that live in them. I got to see both, up close and personal, every day - all day. The bonus wine and gourmet food was a treat; maybe too much of both and not necessary for my enjoyment of the trip. Several nights, ear plugs came in handy after some of the crew and guests partied late (how do they get up at 7 to fix breakfast! oh, to be that young). All in all, this was a great trip and it was a highlight of our summer. We have booked another trip with OARS.

Tour Operator


Since 1969 O.A.R.S. has been setting the unforgettable standard in rafting, sea kayaking and hiking adventures, with destinations & unparalleled experiences on the most legendary rivers, coastlines & mountains in the world – from California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, British Columbia, and Arizona’s Grand Canyon to the opulent gorges of Fiji and the Galapagos Islands, O.A.R.S. specializes in first-class adventures throughout Western North America, South America and the South Pacific.

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the “Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S. trips have been honored as “50 Tours of a Lifetime” by National Geographic Traveler.

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