This is almost exactly the same White River hike that we do in summer and winter, but on this visit you don't need to get your feet wet unless you really want to. If it's a hot day, there's a good chance you will want to! (On this visit the water might be a bit chilly …)
You'll see the running river, leafy green trees by the riverside, impressive tall and steep cliffs made from massive slabs of rock and boulders, and hopefully the local family of herons that nest high up in the cliffs.
It’s possible to hike all the way down without crossing, but it’s also fun to get your feet wet on a few of the crossings—up to you!
The hike starts at a small scenic area at the top of a long, rocky canyon that leads down to the river. We'll follow the park trails down to the riverside, a walk of around 45 minutes.
After arriving at the riverside we’ll start following the river as it winds down through a deep and wide canyon with numerous forks and steep rocky cliffs, making this an extremely picturesque hike that is easy to finish.
Just after halfway on the hike we'll stop by a ford in the river for a lunch break. It’s the perfect place for a paddle in the river. It's up to you if you want to paddle in the water—we think it might be a little cold!
From there it’s a flat walk of about one hour to finish the hike.
COVID-19 and participation precautions
The brief version:
Please DO NOT participate if you are sick or showing symptoms of fever and/or have an elevated temperature, or have been in close contact with someone who was/is.