Salmon River Notebook, July 2018


Salmon River Drainage, via Wikicommons

Salmon River Drainage, via Wikicommons

The Salmon River, the largest tributary of the Snake River, dominates central Idaho. It drains the eastern, western and northern slopes of the Idaho Batholith, the vast granite pluton in the heart of the state. It’s also the largest un-dammed river in the Lower 48. Exploring all of the Salmon River and its tributaries would take a lifetime or two. But last week WC explored a small part of the Upper Salmon, in Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Here’s a photo notebook from the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, along the upper stretches of the headwaters.

Headwaters of the Salmon River, Below Galena Summit

Headwaters of the Salmon River, Below Galena Summit

Barn Swallow, Marsh Creek, Sawtooth NRA, Idaho

Barn Swallow, Marsh Creek, Sawtooth NRA, Idaho

White-crowned Sparrow, Marsh Creek, Sawtooth NRA, Idaho

White-crowned Sparrow, Marsh Creek, Sawtooth NRA, Idaho

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Lola Creek, Sawtooth NRA, Idaho

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Lola Creek, Sawtooth NRA, Idaho

Cliff Swallows, Marsh Creek, Sawtooth NRA, Idaho

Cliff Swallows, Marsh Creek, Sawtooth NRA, Idaho

Vesper Sparrow, Lola Creek, Sawtooth NRA

Vesper Sparrow, Lola Creek, Sawtooth NRA

Elk Herd, Marsh Creek Valley, Sawtooth NRA

Elk Herd, Marsh Creek Valley, Sawtooth NRA

Pronghorn, Marsh Creek Valley, Sawtooth NRA

Pronghorn, Marsh Creek Valley, Sawtooth NRA

Columbia Ground Squirrel, Salmon River Headwaters, Idaho

Columbia Ground Squirrel, Salmon River Headwaters, Idaho

 

Mrs. WC and the Sawtooth Mountains, Sawtooth NRA, Idaho

Mrs. WC and the Sawtooth Mountains, Sawtooth NRA, Idaho

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