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July 1, 2004
Outside Magazine

Find your Flow: North Fork of the Kern River

... The Best Blue Ribbon River Trips in North America

By Grayson Schaffer

Forks of the Kern -- Kern River Rafting In 1981, Bill McGinnis, California boatman and author of the 1981 river handbook The Guide's Guide, convinced the Forest Service that he could safely run the Forks of the Kern with clients. Twenty-three years without serious injuries later, he's still doing it. McGinnis leads thrill seekers down some of the hairiest commercially run whitewater in North America: You'll kick off with a three-mile mule pack through giant sequoias to the put-in, where you'll take on the Fork's 61-foot-per-mile vertical drop, past 200-foot waterfalls and the hulking granite Needles, pricking the sky 1,500 feet above. On day three, hike up picturesque Dry Meadow Creek, which cascades down to the Kern in a series of teacups linked by 10-25 foot watefall run only by world-class kayakers. Later that day--18 miles and a full 80 Class IV and V rapids after the put-in--youlll reach the finale, 12-foot Carson Falls. The drop is big, but, thankfully, so is the pool at the bottom. >>
Outfitter: Whitewater Voyages ( 800-400-7238, www.whitewatervoyages.com)

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