White Salmon River Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The White Salmon River runs 44 miles from the slopes of Washington’s Mount Adams to the Columbia River. In 1986 the lower White Salmon River was designated Wild and Scenic. In 2005 the upper river was awarded the designation. The two
segments total 27.7 miles, of which 6.7 miles are “Wild” and 22.3 miles are “Scenic.” Of the three rivers described in this book that offer whitewater, the White Salmon offers the best bang for the buck. Because the river is spring fed, it maintains good water levels year-round.
The water is clean and cold, and the river pinches through narrow chasms and gorges that produce fast-moving water and a wide range of rapid classes. The raftable length of the river has something for everyone, but the section between BZ Corner and Husum Falls is crammed with Class III up to Class V whitewater. If water levels are right, you can take a run at Husum Falls. The 10-foot falls is labeled a Class V rapid and is the tallest commercially raftable waterfall in the United States. This is some of the best whitewater in the state of Washington, and definitely the best near Portland."