Pine Creek

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Canyon WallsCanyon Walls (06/01/2002) William Clark followed the river down to Pine Creek, the rising canyon walls and rapids made him reject the River of No Return as a viable route to the pacific.

Pine Creek RapidsPine Creek Rapids (06/01/2002)

Pine Creek RapidsPine Creek Rapids (06/01/2002) A side view of the rapids

Pine Creek BridgePine Creek Bridge (06/01/2002) Looking back up to the Pine Creek Bridge.

Big WavesBig Waves (06/01/2002) I need to buy a tripod. There's some good waves in the rapids.

AltimaAltima (06/01/2002) Who needs to worry about the rain. The car is warm and dry.

Pine Creek Road [032]Pine Creek Road [032] (06/01/2002)

Pine CreekPine Creek (06/01/2002) The Pine Creek Bridge on the Salmon River.

Canyon in BloomCanyon in Bloom (06/02/2002) This is the texture of the mountains.

Pine Creek RoadPine Creek Road (06/02/2002) Pine Creek Road is a good place to stretch the legs.

Pine Creek RoadPine Creek Road (06/02/2002) They put little black pieces of plastic across the road to help control erosion.

Pine Creek CanyonPine Creek Canyon (06/02/2002)

Pine Creek RoadPine Creek Road (06/02/2002) A closer look at the plastic erosion guards. The fooliage is quite dense along the road. It is early June and the area seems to have an almost rain forest feel.

Pine Creek BridgePine Creek Bridge (06/02/2002) The creek briskley bubbles under a new bridge.

Pine Creek RoadPine Creek Road (06/02/2002) The road continues on into the Salmon Mountains.

Pine Creek CanyonPine Creek Canyon (06/02/2002) The vegetation was dense enough, that I had a hard time getting a good shot of the canyon itself. There is an impressively large amount of granite in the area.

Pine Creek RoadPine Creek Road (06/02/2002)

VegetationVegetation (06/02/2002)

Pine Creek RoadPine Creek Road (06/02/2002)

Pine CreekPine Creek (06/02/2002)

Salmon RiverSalmon River (06/02/2002)

Pine Creek RapidsPine Creek Rapids (06/01/2002) Standing on the Pine Creek Bridge, you can get a good view of the rapids. I would try to avoid the hole in the center of the river, oh, and the rocks on the side. Hmmm, the road looks like a good route. I don't see why William Clark didn't take the road.

Pine Creek RapidsPine Creek Rapids (06/01/2002)

Pine Creek BridgePine Creek Bridge (06/01/2002) The bridge near Pine Creek.

Pine Creek BridgePine Creek Bridge (06/01/2002) The Pine Creek Bridge and Rapids

Big WavesBig Waves (06/01/2002)

Spring BlossomsSpring Blossoms (06/02/2002)

Pine Creek BridgePine Creek Bridge (06/01/2002) The main Salmon River Road (Nfd030) crosses the Salmon River at Pine Creek. You can then take Nfd032 up Pine Creek, or continue to follow the river.

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In 1805, while searching for a trade route west, William Clark explored the Salmon River Canyon to the Pine Creek rapids and turned around. The granite canyon walls were simply too steep, and the river seemed to be a continuous rapid.

The Salmon River Road (030) crosses the Salmon River at the Rapids. During the summer, there is a good chance that you will get a good picture from the bridge of people taking a day trip through the rapids. A small road (032) follows Pine Creek into the Salmon River mountains.

If you are following the Lewis and Clark trail, you should consider stopping and taking an hour or so to walk up the road. The walk is fairly steep, but on a well maintained road. It will give you a good feel for the vegetation in the area.

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Context: Rivers

Salmon River (137 pictures) Pine creek flows into the Salmon River.

Lewis and Clark (13 pictures) The Lewis and Clark Expedition chose to head north rather than risking the trip through the narrow and fast Salmon River canyons.

Salmon River Drive (79 pictures) The Pine Creek Road branches off the Main Salmon River Road.

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