Salmon River Gorge
1963 Naming Expedition
spectacular 55 foot falls is located just above Final Falls,
and is the second of six named falls in the Salmon River Gorge.
This rare photo shows three members of the 1963 OGNB naming expedition,
and was taken from a precarious ledge across a narrow box canyon
from the falls. In 1983, I interviewed a member of the expedition,
Mr. Thomas Vaughan of the Oregon Historical Society. Though he
remembered that the trip to Frustration Falls lived up to the
name, he did not recall the specific route taken to this remote
viewpoint, or whether ropes were used for their descent.
was unable to locate a route to this spot in our 1983 expedition
to the lower group of falls, but it has since been visited by
kayakers who have explored the gorge during the past few years.
This view shows low water in late summer on the Salmon, a stark
contrast to the scene in April 1983, when this part of the lower
gorge was a raging torrent of spring runnoff.
These photos are courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service,
and may not be reproduced or used without photo credit