In a deep canyon far removed from the bustle of Sacramento, the Middle Fork alternately charges through rocky class IV chutes and drifts through glassy emerald pools. One-day trips include granola snack on raft, bountiful lunch along the river and cold beverage at end. Read the full trip description »
The Middle Fork of the American River flows down the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains just east of Sacramento. A great run for hardy, adventurous first timers and experienced rafters alike.
All participants should be strong, physically fit and able to swim—only paddle boats are used on this exhilarating run.
Rippling through a deep, wild, picturesque canyon in Auburn State Recreation Area, the Middle Fork of the American River offers rafters class IV-V excitement interspersed with more soothing stretches of Class II-III. At one point the entire river rages down a narrow class V cascade called Tunnel Chute and then breezes underground through a runnable 30-yard cavern.
Near the end of our rafting run, after Ruck-A-Chucky Rapid, the group carries the rafts around a jumble of house-sized boulders followed by a final rousing mile of invigorating class III and IV whitewater with scenery much more beautiful than anything you would expect close to civilization.
Middle Fork American Rapids: The Middle Fork American River is rated at Class IV, but includes one class V rapid, and one portage. A long stretch of class I-II in the middle demands paddling on the one-day but is much more relaxed on the two-day. The most memorable rapid is Class V Tunnel Chute.
May to September
2014 start dates:
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