Thunder Run: Electrifying Class V whitewater rafting on the Wild and Scenic Upperk Kern River

Thunder Run

Combining dramatic class V drops and boulder gardens with rip-roaring class III and IV sections in between, this white water voyage welds the Wild and Scenic Upper Kern into an electrifying ribbon of relentless, exploding whitewater.

Thunder Run 1-day rafting trip

  • Class V
  • 9 miles
  • 1 day
  • Minimum age 16
  • Meet time 8:00 a.m.

Typical season:
April to June

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1-Day Trip – Thunder Run
Trip Start Adult Youth Group
Sunday to Friday $225 $202.50 $191.25
Saturday $250 $225 $212.50
Subject to 4% River and Land Use Fee.

Trip Description

This section of the Wild and Scenic Upper Kern River offers top Class V whitewater and fresh mountain air. Includes granola snack on raft, bountiful lunch along river and cold beverage at end. Read the full trip description »

White Water Rafting on the Upper Kern RiverOn the Thunder Run, long, pulsating rapids rock and roll one after the next. An ongoing frenzied dance of intense pleasure, this run bounds over high drops and twirls among boulders on and on, rumbling and booming, mile after mile. Here, cliffs of red, yellow and magenta conjure visions of the Painted Desert, and crystalline water cascades in twists and turns down gorges.

Thunder Run on the Upper Kern RiverA full step up in excitement and difficulty from the Lower Kern, this class V run is for seasoned, daring whitewater enthusiasts only.

All participants must be physically fit, swim well, and have previous class IV rafting experience. Wetsuits are essential. We raft primarily in paddle boats. Paddlers must have class IV paddle experience and must, at the beginning of the trip, complete the Class V Warm-Up.



Thunder Run Rapids: Some of the more memorable rapids include Squashed Paddler, Sock'em Dog, The Flume and Fender Bender.


Typical season:
April to June

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