West fork of the Bruneau? - Mountain Buzz

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Old 10-07-2007   #1
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West fork of the Bruneau?

anyone done this run or have any info on it, AW page is not really much of a help, 30 miles of wilderness boating sounds cool to me.

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Old 10-07-2007   #2
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Hey, Tom, have you looked at Amaral's guide? It's got a pretty decent description. I've got the book if you want to check it out.

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Old 10-07-2007   #3
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Its a great run...


It is a great run, incredible canyon, great beaches! Put it on your A list it is definitely a run you will want to do. Unfortunately it is usually only running for a few weeks during the Spring unless you hit a particularly wet period in Idaho. My only complaint would be a few too many rattle snakes when I last ran it.


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Old 10-10-2007   #4
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It's written up well "Idaho, the Whitewater State".

I haven't done the west fork but I did the Jarbridge (next drainage over) into the main Bruneau a few years ago. Definietely don't do just the West Fork. Combine it or the Jarbridge with the main Bruneau. That was the best part of the trip. Here's a photo album from that trip.


I highly recommend it. 60 miles of wilderness boating!! Some of the most mind-blowing scenery I have ever seen. The book says the west fork is a notch more difficult than the jarbridge but the whitewater is overall pretty tame down there. It's more about doing a four day self support in an amazing place. Definitely go in spring at peak runoff. There is ALOT of class I-II water that moves along nicely if there is water. Plus the best whitewater comes on the last day in five-mile rapid in the Bruneau. Big, pushy read-and-ran rapids with huge holes during peak runoff.
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