Top River Trips for Whitewater
Top 5 One Day Trips
Creek is the nickname
for the section of the Upper Tuolumne that is the most difficult commercially
run whitewater in the country. All other expert rafting runs are compared
to Cherry Creek as it is the definition of Class V.
"The Creek" is best known for
big vertical drops, tight manuevers
between granite bolders, and huge hydraulics. The Tuolumne flows out
of Yosemite so the scenery is stunning, but you won't pay attention
to anything other than the whitewater.
- The Cal Salmon is fun river full
of steep, complicated rapids. This is a great warm-up for Cherry Creek.
- The Tuolumne River is usually done as a two
or three day trip, but it makes a challenging one day trip
when the water is high.
- The North Fork of the American is
similar to the Cal Salmon with steep rapids requiring tight manuevering.
- The White Salmon in Southern Washington
boasts nearly continuous Class III and IV rapids as well as a ten foot
Top 5 Multi Day Trips
- The Forks of the Kern is the ultimate whitewater
overnight trip with over 40 Class IV rapids and 3 Class Vs. You'll
have to hike in 2 miles and go when the water is just right.
- The Illinois River in Southern Oregon has
awesome whitewater, but you'll have to do it soon after it rains.
- The Tuolumne River has 18 miles of Class
IV rapids and reliable flows all summer long.
- The Middle Fork of the Salmon River in
Idaho has 100 miles of nearly continuous whitewater. Whitewater enthusiasts
will enjoy the higher June flows.
- The Grand Canyon has big water
rapids that are scary but not too difficult.