California Rafting and Kayaking
Classic California Multi-day Rafting Runs:
1. Tuolumne River: Class IV+
The Tuolumne River has the best combination of consistent flows, high quality whitewater, side hikes and riverside camping of any run in California. Those wanting more rafting adrenaline can do a Cherry Creek/Tuolumne multi-day trip to get even more whitewater. While the Tuolumne can be run in a day why rush it when it can be done in 3 days.
2. Middle Fork of the Feather: Class V
The Middle Fork Feather is the premier run with it’s never ending class V rapids, gorgeous granite scenery and remote location within California. The only draw backs are a short season, a burly portage, and a take-out road that has been unreliable the last few years. It is worth driving through multiple states to run this canyon.
3. Forks of the Kern
Some could argue this run needs to be higher on the list. Rafting the Forks of the Kern takes rafters and kayakers through pristine High Sierra scenery. The rapids are a step up for the Tuolumne and step down from the Middle Feather. The challenge is getting the right water level and get your gear down the multi-mile trail to put-in.
4. Kings River (Garlic Falls): Class V
Another High Sierra Classic, rafting and kayaking the Garlic Falls runs just outside Kings Canyon National Park has scenery on par with the Forks of the Kern and a hike of similar challenge. The rapids are more challenging and the shuttle is way longer.