1-Day Trip (17 Miles)
The Middle Fork of the American River is the best summertime Class IV whitewater in California. This trip meets at 8:15 AM in Auburn. A 45 minute van ride dead ends at Oxbow Reservoir where gear is distributed and the stoke begins. H2O hits your face early with Good Morning rapid. A warmup is immediately needed as the infamous Tunnel Chute rapid is just over a mile downstream. After five miles of good class 3/4 whitewater, the river settles down and provides opportunities for rock jumping, surfing, and ‘riding the bull’ as we float through the canyon towards a riverside lunch stop.
Following lunch the river complies with our need to digest and remains calm for a few more miles until arriving at Chunder Pond. From here the river changes drastically with rapids such as Chunder Falls, Parallel Parking, and Ski Jump bringing your adrenaline to a high again. A mandatory walk around Rack-A-Chucky falls allows for a chance to watch your guides run their raft down a commercial class 6 waterfall. Your trip concludes at the old Greenwood Bridge site. Guests are returned to their vehicles around 4:00 PM.
2-Day Trip - “The Chill”
Same amount of miles, wayyyyy slower space. The meet time of 8:00 AM allows for dry-bag distribution and packing of all your river essentials. At the boat ramp, bags are loaded onto our gear boat and we start our journey downstream. 10 miles of river time brings us to camp where we enjoy all the beauty of a relaxing overnight trip full of great food, drinks, games and laughs. Day 2 allows for side hikes to waterfalls, rock jumping opportunities and more class IV whitewater. Don’t believe this is the best way to see the Middle Fork? Just ask our guide Ben- He says, “It’s magical, I wish all trips were 2-days!”