Bruneau River. When we reach the confluence with the Bruneau on the third day we may have those running only the Bruneau join the trip, and we get a chance to soak in the natural hot springs there! The Bruneau canyon may be the prettiest of all the desert rivers. Its sheer walls shade the river corridor and create a lush oasis in the midst of the rock and sagebrush. Junipers line the river and many species of birds inhabit this section of canyon. We'll also have some great class III to IV rapids, with Five-mile Rapid providing the rollicking finale on the last day.
Day 1: Arrive in Boise the day before the trip. In the evening, we’ll get together to hand out gear and answer any last minute questions. Drive to the river the next morning. Soak in the hot springs, eat lunch, and then put on the river. Days 2-4 are the same as days 4-6 of the Jarbidge/Bruneau trip.
Day 2: We’ll get an early start for our drive to the river. When we push off, we'll immediately be in the midst of swift rapids. An exciting day!
Day 3: More good rapids and some excellent hiking available. Narrow chutes between large boulders define the larger rapids.
Day 4: In the morning we reach Jarbidge Falls. We may have to line or portage this rapid. We’ll reach the confluence with the Bruneau around lunchtime and soak in the natural hot springs. Those rafting only the Bruneau will join the trip here.
Days 5 & 6: We are on the Bruneau now, floating through some of the prettiest canyons anywhere. There will be some good class III rapids and lots of opportunities for hiking.
Day 7: Run Five Mile Rapid in the morning, 3 1/2 miles of great class III-V whitewater. We’ll eat lunch along the river and have a mellow float to our takeout in mid-afternoon. Drive back to Boise.
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