Salmon River Gorge
April 1983 Expedition
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Frustration Falls was aptly
named for the difficulty in actually viewing this spectacular
cataract. In this view, the falls is shrouded in trees as it
thunders into a narrow box canyon at its base. The forest surrounding
the falls is composed of massive, old-growth Douglas fir, western
red cedar and western hemlock.
Naming Expedition somehow managed to reach a point above
the box canyon, directly
opposite the falls. It is unclear how the group reached that
point, or whether they descended the cliffs with the aid of ropes.
The 1983 expedition was unable to locate a safe route from this
bluff viewpoint, which suggests that the 1963 used another approach
into the gorge. In researching the 1963 expedition, I have been
unable to learn the actual route used to reach Frustration Falls.