Pine 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 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.
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.