GEOLOGY OUTING: Field Trip to the Headwaters of the Salmon River and the Sunbeam Dam
with Paul Link
Saturday, September 17, 2022 - 9:00 AM
Due to the state of the Ross Fork Fire this field trip has been canceled. We hope to reschedule at a later date — stay tuned for updates.
Participants will meet at the Sun Peak Picnic Site at 9am to carpool to the Lost River, the Salmon River and the Sawtooth Valley. The day will start by driving fifty miles over Trail Creek summit to the Mackay Dam, a rather shocking vestige of low-budget agricultural dams from the early 20th century. The Mackay Dam was not damaged during the November 1983 earthquake on the Borah Peak fault. Next, the outing will travel 90 miles north to Challis and west along the Salmon River to Yankee Fork, where the sabotaged 1920’s Sunbeam Dam formerly blocked the Salmon River for hydroelectric power to gold dredges. Crossing the Idaho batholith to Stanley, participants will return to Ketchum via Galena Summit, where there is a wonderful view of the Sawtooth Mountains.
Throughout the field trip, participants will learn about complex geology of central Idaho, mineral deposits, glacial features and the Cape Horn earthquake. Bring lunch, sturdy shoes, a jacket and sun hat.
Participants will return to Ketchum between 5pm and 6pm.
Age and ability: 17 years and older.
This workshop takes place Sat, Sep 17, 9am–6pm.
About the Instructor
Paul Link, recently retired, began teaching geology at Idaho State University in 1980. He and graduate students worked extensively in the Sun Valley area as part of a USGS project from 1985 to 1993. Paul is a coauthor on the 2012 Idaho Geologic Map and 2021 Roadside Geology of Idaho. He is a regional sedimentary geologist and has supervised more than 100 Masters of Science theses at ISU.
Part of the BIG IDEA project Dams: Reservoirs, Reclamation, Renewal
Sun Peak Picnic Area
$70 member / $80 nonmember