Rating: Class 4
Distance: 9 River Miles
Season: April-May (some years early June)
Location: 10 Miles east of Auburn, CA
Pristine, exhilarating, and technical, the North Fork is the natural choice for South Fork veterans looking for more challenging whitewater. The river originates from the Desolation Wilderness, high in the Sierra, and thrills with almost continuous rapids, plunging through a spectacular, narrow canyon carpeted with springtime wildflowers.
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"Chamberlain Falls" and "Devil's Staircase" are two of the many class 4 rapids tackled before lunching at Yankee Jim's Bridge, a still-functioning relic of bygone gold-mining fever. After lunch the river calms, meandering peacefully through the tranquil river canyon. Because of its solitude, beautiful scenery, and challenging rapids, the North Fork continues to be a favorite one-day adventure for experienced rafters.
This trip is recommended for physically fit individuals with previous class 3 commercial rafting experience. Six guests per raft. Wetsuits are strongly recommended for all trips. (rental information)
This is our most popular springtime adventure, for it combines the thrills of the South Fork American at higher water levels with the challenge of the class 4 rapids on the North Fork American. On the first day we hone our skills on the "Gorge" run of the South Fork, then return to camp for our traditional steak and lobster dinner. After breakfast the next morning, we travel to the North Fork for an exhilarating dose of class 4 whitewater action.
When the conditions are just right we can combine these two rivers. A full day on the Middle Fork and a full day on the North Fork with camping and meals at our South Fork Base camp.
Wetsuits are strongly recommended on the North Fork portion of all trips (rental information)