Date: May 27 2002, 04:57
Ran the Goat Creek section on the South Salmon today for the first time this season. Have not heard of anyone else doing it yet this season and so we were unprepared for the massive avalanche destruction at about the one mile mark. Anyone that has done this run will be familiar with the spot where the big avalanche path comes into the river left side of the canyon. It came out huge this year and the scope of the destruction is impressive to say the least. Fortunately, the bulk of the hundreds of trees that were blown into the river have all collected in a huge raft just at the downstream end of the pool below the slide path. After we portaged this mess we were very relieved to find that the rest of the run was clean as far as any more river-wide logs were concerned. However, this situation could change dramatically if the big jam breaks loose. Anyone attempting this run should proceed with utmost caution and beware that the entire section from the slide path downstream to Double Drop could become unrunnable if a bunch of logs shifted around. Even with the log threat we had a great run today and as always this run is in my opinion one of the very best in Idaho.
Ran this at low water in 2013 and it was still clean below the log jam. Portage the enormous log jam on river left. Would love to catch with little more water - it's a great run.
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