Between Klickitat Gorge and the White Salmon River, the area has enough thrills and spills for the hardest-core river rat. Here, you can find runs anywhere from class III up through the experts-only class IV rapids, along with an experienced pro to guide you through. The best rafting tends to run from May to June. Expect one-day trips to cost around $100, depending on your choice of runs.
All Rivers Adventures (800/743-5628, www.alladventuresrafting.com) provides full-service river guidance and even owns a private ranch available for barbecues and volleyball after your run.
Blue Sky Outfitters (800/228-7238, www.blueskyoutfitters.com) guides one-day and overnight trips.
Wildwater River Tours (800/522-9453, www.wildwater-river.com) takes a wide variety of trips and even offers guide training, if white water truly gets in your blood.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition