The White Salmon begins in the Cascade Mountains, south of Mt. Adams and travels 35 miles to the Columbia River. Because of the quantity of aquifers that spring up beneath the surrounding farmlands, it runs continually throughout the summer. The gorge was formerly a lava tube, and the river cascades over thin basalt cliffs before meandering through a wooded valley.
The White Salmon is an excellent whitewater rafting excursion for novices and professionals alike, and is only an hour and a half drive from Portland, OR. Quiet pools and magnificent waterfalls tumbling down the canyon walls alternate with heart-pounding rapids.
A trip down the White Salmon river also includes Husum Falls, the nation’s tallest, commercially-raftable cascade, a 14-foot Class V drop. Your guides will ensure that you have the abilities to stay on the raft, but if you choose to wander about instead of braving the rapids, there is also a trail beside the river.
You’re sure to experience a classic Pacific Northwest rafting trip on the White Salmon River. Your river adventure will feature rainforest-like beauty, crystal-clear, spring-fed water, and roller-coaster rapids, and it is ideal for paddlers of varied skill levels.