Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Western Canoeing

One of Slickrock Expeditions favorite western canoe trips, this is a 100-mile excursion down the fast-flowing Wallowa-Grande Ronde River as it winds through the remote Blue Mountains of Oregon and Washington. Western Whitewater describes the Grande Ronde as “one of the most scenic river trips in the Pacific Northwest.” And Oregon River Tours says, “There are few river trips in Oregon that can surpass the Grande Ronde as a wilderness experience.” The Wallowa-Grande Ronde flows north out of Oregon’s Elkhorn and Wallowa Mountains ("the Oregon Alps"), in the northeastern corner of the state, enters Washington, then curves east and joins the Snake River, at Heller’s Bar, on the Idaho border. The Grande Ronde’s water is clear and fast, with a whitewater rating of Class II-II+. While paddling and camping through beautiful western canyons up to 3000’ deep, we’ll see the landscape various dramatically from lush green forests to treeless rimrock. On past trips we have seen deer, elk, bear, bighorn sheep, moose, coyotes, river otters, and eagles.

We’ll canoe the river for 5 days, coming out at Heller’s Bar, then settle in for a comfortable night and breakfast at the Reflections Inn B&B, along the Clearwater River, in Idaho. As a “paddling extra,” on the last day we’ll canoe a beautiful Class II stretch of the South Fork of the Clearwater, then drive to Boise along the scenic Salmon and Payette Rivers. Trip starts and ends in Boise. Cost includes transportation from Boise, boats and all paddling gear, all camping equipment, food, shuttling, and the final night and breakfast at the Reflections Inn. Sign up and bring your clothing; everything else will be ready to go when you arrive!
Dates: July 3-10, 2011

Cost: $1,675.00 per person

Registration: Contact Slickrock Expeditions (slickrock@dnet.net / 828-293-3999)

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