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Old 2 Days Ago   #1
 
Bellingham, Washington
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October multi?

I landed the week of October 6 off to compliment the following for a two-week escape. If you were in my shoes, self-contained/supported, with class III multi-day dreams and the need to test kit for an April Grand trip, where would you go?

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October water levels eliminate most everything. Maybe Desolation and on down through Cataract Canyon?
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Main and/or Lower Salmon
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The Main Salmon wouldn't be bad. Unlimited permits. Lower Main Salmon would also work. Or Hells Canyon of the Snake.

Expensive shuttle on the first one.


Cataract would likely be warmer with some good rapids. 60 miles of flat water to start....

but you aren't making it from Bham in a day to the launch. I wouldn't think.
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I'd do the MFS into the Main. But if you want warmer weather a nice long San Juan trips would be most likely nice weather but not much for whitewater. Cataract would have the best rapids and weather that time of year. Deso is another good option but can be harder to secure a permit.
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I assumed something with out impossible permits...
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I've had some great Deschutes trips in October (can run 100 miles, if you find a way around Sherars) The lower Rogue is also nice that time of year, although it can be miserable rainy, and it's really only a 3 or 4 day river. Also there are 100+ miles of the Klamath that can be boated.

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I assumed something with out impossible permits...
Middle Fork has permits available 10/4 and on through the fall available as of today. Main Salmon is 9/3 through the fall available. You have to log in and claim one. Not a lotto when OP wants to go. Doesn't seem impossible at all.

Depends on what you want to spend for shuttle though. If you're comfortable with boney runs, I'd go Boundary to Riggins or maybe a fly in to Indian down to Hammer. I've always wanted to go Stanley to the confluence but there's a lot of flat water in there. The fishing could be sweet though.
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Middle Fork has permits available 10/4 and on through the fall available as of today. Main Salmon is 9/3 through the fall available. You have to log in and claim one. Not a lotto when OP wants to go. Doesn't seem impossible at all.

Depends on what you want to spend for shuttle though. If you're comfortable with boney runs, I'd go Boundary to Riggins or maybe a fly in to Indian down to Hammer. I've always wanted to go Stanley to the confluence but there's a lot of flat water in there. The fishing could be sweet though.
Not that it matters much, but the Main Salmon permit season runs through 9/7.
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Bellingham, Washington
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Big thanks for the advice. I'm looking into the main Salmon. Guidebook or other resource advice to give me a spring on the research?
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