I hadn't been to Flying B Ranch since the late 90s. Back then they had a policy that you had to make reservations to fly in for breakfast. This year we found out that a simple radio call while overhead would suffice. The ranch is a beautiful place on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. It's located in the middle of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area. That means you can fly in, trek about 100 miles on foot/horseback, or brave some serious whitewater and raft down the Salmon to get there.
Flying B is a private strip located 1/2 mile south of the Bernard (U54) USFS strip . It's only about 2,000 ft. long, but at a relatively low elevation of 3650 ft.
Don't forget to call ahead and get permission to use the strip. A truck will come out to the strip and take you back to the ranch.
John Galban's Flying Site
Flying B Ranch '10
Overhead the Flying B stip at about 6,000 ft. I usually make a few descending circles in the canyon to lose altitude before setting up an approach.
Mark and I wait at the end of the strip, while Doug is on final approach.
Having breakfast. That's Doug on the left, me on the right and our camping neighbor from Johnson Creek, also named Doug.
I don't know how to play the piano, but I wasn't about to argue with the mountain lion that was lying on top of it.
What is it about wilderness ranches and 8-track tapes? Between the collection at Flying B and the one at Sulphur Creek, they've got more 8-track tapes than I've seen since
The ranch is an oasis of green in this mostly dry canyon. Just to the left of center is a pole with a webcam. Given the remote location, I have to assume that it's hooked up
to a satellite dish somewhere. The web cam page is located here.
If you want to stay overnight, they rent cabings of all shapes and sizes.