August 27 2016
This was a quick overnight trip that my friend Megan sponsored. Megan does a trip or two every year with her grand-daughter and thought it would be fun to do a kids trip with a larger group. It was quite successful as there were about 12 of us which I believe is also the maximum group size per park rules. This is a great destination for bringing kids as it is only a little over a mile to the camp. The trail is mostly flat on the way out there and almost everywhere to pitch a tent is on nice soft river sand. The river this time of the year is pretty low and flows slowly, so playing in the water is ideal.
Beaver Flat can be found by hiking up the Staircase Rapids Loop Trail from the Staircase Campground, past the Staircase Rapids and the footbridge. When you get to the footbridge, don't cross it but continue going straight on the Four Stream Trail. The gravel/sand bar is not too far past the footbridge. When you see a couple side trails going off to the river, you'll be there. Look for a fire pit and you'll know you're in the right spot. Of course, being inside the park, you'll need to stop at the ranger station before venturing out there for the night. The ranger that issues your overnight permit will be able to give more specific directions on how to get out there or if the river has changed the landscape since this was written.
Timelapse from Beaver Flat
The kids played some kind of game and Hayden had to dance for a full minute or he would lose. The good moves he gets from his mother, the not so good moves definitely come from me, LOL.
Location approximate. The camp is on the beach off of the Four Stream Trail just beyond the footbridge.