Originally Posted by crae
Wondering what people would suggest for a classic multi-day self support trip anywhere in N. America that would be flowing for the next month or so. Preferably class 3/4/5- and in a wilderness setting
Thanks for your thoughts.
Seems like you're setting yourself up for a lot of answers that could involve a lot of driving......
You must have some time on your hands.
Had some friends just finish the Secesh/South Fk. Salmon combo over in ID at good flow. It might last another week or two if you're lucky. 3-4 day
You could always try for a MF Salmon permit cancellation. Still worthy.
Meadow Creek in ID (flows into the takeout for the Selway) might
get low enough during the timeframe you are talking about. The shuttle is from hell, though. Worth paying for and worth having a solid team. 3-day
Keep an eye on the Clark's Fork Yellowstone at Belfry MT guage. It's possible, but not likely in this type of snow year, that it could get low enough to go by the 25th of July. You want ~900 - 1,000 max, and not rising back up above 1,000 any day. And it's still at ~5,200 up and down right now. 2 to 3 day
Did the Grand Canyon of the Elwha in Olympic Nat. Park in '07 and it was a blast: 8-mile hike-in on a great trail, awesome river with 3 un-un's on it that all went fairly well. Could do it as a leisurely 3-day (including the hike-in day), or a stout 2-day (hike in, sleep, do the run in one). All that grunting uphill is worth taking 2 days to enjoy the river, tho.
You've missed all the easier Cali multi-dayers, like M.F. Feather, Deer Ck., Mill Ck, Generation/Giant Gaps, etc. and all the higher, harder ones are just coming on line: King's Canyon (Garlic Falls run), Middle Kings, Upper Cherry, Upper Kern, seems like Fantasy Falls could still go if you hurry (didn't Gary E just get back from there?), Devil's Postpile of the San Joaquin, etc etc.
Seems like the Gunnison ought to come into range easily during the next four weeks...... you probably know better than me there.