Cutting the deepest river gorge in North America— Hells Canyon, the Snake River forms the border of Oregon and Idaho. River travelers will journey through the land of the Nez Perce, and through geologic time.The largest whitewater rapids in the Pacific Northwest are found on this trip.
Soaring eagles, snow-capped peaks, wild mountain goats and Native American legends make an idyllic getaway adventure. Golden grass and pine forests carpet the canyon's geography while you camp on large sandy beaches, perfect for stargazing at night. Inviting water temperatures are heavenly for swimming and paddling. No wonder a four or five day trip is known around the globe as an unforgettable adventure.
RAFTINGClass II-IV whitewater rafting (rapids depend on water levels).
HIKING Short walks to longer, more difficult hikes (all optional).
MEALS Guides prepare all meals for you between departure and return.
CAMPING Paco Pads, tents, sleeping bags, pillows, chairs and water-resistant bag.
Optional Pre & Post Trip Lodging:
Frontier Motel - Cambridge, ID - Pre-trip lodging
Hells Canyon Grand Hotel - Lewiston, ID - Post-trip lodging
Vehicle Shuttle Service: $200+ Gas
Forest Service fee
The Snake River, Hell's Canyon trip travels a distance of close to 80 miles. Throughout each day, you will have the chance to get off the rafts and stretch your legs on a hike to old homesteads, gorgeous overlooks, and maybe Indian pictographs from the Nez Perce.
You'll want to try the various rafts available on this multi-day expedition. There are three boat types to choose from, each one offering something very unique in ride and experience. You don't have to be an expert in whitewater, or have any prior experience with river rafting to enjoy each raft type.
We call it luxury camping. In order to make your trip run as smoothly and comfortably as possible, we use a cargo boat to carry camping gear, food and supplies ahead of the main group. The cargo raft arrives at camp early to set up your tents and the kitchen for the group. Having the cargo raft carry all the gear, allows our smaller rafts to be lighter and more maneuverable, which makes for a safer ride with more bounce and splash.
I felt extremely pampered while "roughing it". Overall this trip had it all. It was peaceful and exciting. Had a perfect combination of being in the great outdoors, yet having gourmet meals and service.
Karen - California, USA
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