The run includes two launch points:
Heller Bar near Lewiston
Pittsburg Landing in Hells Canyon
At this time of year, both launch points require a "self-issue" permit, which is free and is basically a formality. Permits are available at Pittsburg landing, and if launching from Heller bar, a permit can be found at
Typically we meet at the Snake/Salmon confluence around noon. Then head upstream as far as Hammer Creek Campground and spend 2 nights on the river. It's 80 miles round trip total, so budget 80 gallons minimum. Gas is available at White Bird so if you're running low, fuel is available. (Other options are sometimes arranged.)
This run is not for the absolute beginner. Damage has happened. If you have little experience reading water, or have a severe knifey bow, then this run may not be for you.