Salmon River Gorge
1963 Naming Expedition
This spectacular 55
foot falls is located immediately above Final Falls, and is the
second of six named falls in the Salmon River Gorge. It is aptly
named for the difficulty in reaching the falls. Here, the Salmon
River enters a narrow, vertical gorge, where cliffs on either
side of the river rise hundreds of feet. This rare photo of the
falls shows the stair steps that make up this rugged cataract.
The logs scattered across the falls are huge, old growth trees
that give mute testimony to the violent power of the Salem River
during high water.
photo was somehow taken from a point directly opposite the falls,
from what - by all appearances - is a vertical, 200 foot cliff.
I was unable to locate a route to this spot in a 1983 expedition
to the lower group of falls. Frustration Falls can be seen from
above the gorge, yet the precarious scramble to the viewpoint
has also claimed the life of at least one hiker who ventured
too close to the dangerous cliffs.
These photos are courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service,
and may not be reproduced or used without photo credit