Salmon, E. Fork of S. Fork - 2 - Flight Simulator (near Yellow Pine) to S.F.Salmon River

Salmon, E. Fork of S. Fork, Idaho, US


2 - Flight Simulator (near Yellow Pine) to S.F.Salmon River (Lower EFSF)

Usual Difficulty III-V (for normal flows)
Length 12 Miles
Avg. Gradient 75 fpm

Flight Simulator

Flight Simulator
Photo of Liam? Leading - David Schroeder Following by Clay Slaughter taken 2000 @ big

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-13313000 300 - 1000 cfs III-V 00h52m 68 cfs (too low)

River Description

This run is more difficult at the top and gradually gets easier, making it suitable for a variety of skills and water levels. It starts out class V (IV at low levels) and ends as class III (II+ at low levels).


The run begins with two long class V rapids called Flight Simulator. The first is near the road and starts out easy and gets harder. The second is far down in the canyon and is hard to see from the road. In fact it is just plain hard. The class IV put-in is just above Caton Creek at Sheep Creek Trailhead. The road is nearby for the rest of the run and roadside scouting is easy. The river is active and some of the drops can be IV+ with enough water in them. Four miles below Caton Creek, after six miles of class IV, Deadman CampgroundĀ’ makes a good take-out, put-in, lunch spot. The next five miles to the take-out are gradually easier class III, but you may chose to portage once or twice. You can continue down the South Fork Salmon to the end of the road for another four miles of class II if you like.

Shuttle: Road Map

To get to the take-out: From the South Fork Salmon Road (paved) go up the gravel road toward Yellow Pine less than a half mile, cross the bridge and park.

Intermediate put-ins: Deadman, Caton Creek, and SheepCreek Trailhead are marked by small wooden signs.

To get to the put-in: From MP 47 continue upstream three quarters of a mile past the ranch/development to a dirt side road and park up the road (away from the river). This road is two and one half miles below the intersection of Yellow Pine Ave and Stibnite Rd.

Be careful at high water:


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-09-24 05:43:36


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 27 2016 (1000 days ago)
Ugly, barely submerged log blocking usual Rt Center channel in ExLax rapid, 3 miles below Castel
(?) Creek, below flight simulator. Will take you under the log. Hard to see log, pinned with about
15' extending out from pyramid rock in center of rapid. Left channel open as of 4/17/16.