Rating: Class 4
Distance: 24 River Miles
Location: 30 Miles northeast of Yreka, CA
Beginning in Oregon and ending just inside the California border, the "Hells Corner" section of the Upper Klamath is an action-lover's dream. Long, turbulent, and consistent best describe the rapids of this river. Our initial introduction to the Upper Klamath is one of beauty and serenity as we drift peacefully through several miles of class 2-3 rapids enjoying the scenery and abundant birds and wildlife. The tranquillity soon ends as the river descends into "Caldera," the first of forty major rapids that make the Upper Klamath a river runner's delight. As we descend into the isolated, narrow canyon, we encounter a seemingly endless series of class 2-3 rapids. Thanks to a recently discovered access road we are able to take out immediately below the class 4 section, camp for the night, and the next day, after breakfast, shuttle upstream and do it again!
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Unlike the Sierra rivers, the Upper Klamath races through 18 miles of isolated volcanic canyon thick with oak, fir, cedar and pine. Rich in Old West history, the Upper Klamath takes us past ranches, cabins and wagon trails virtually unchanged since covered wagons creaked along the Oregon Trail in the 1800's. Even the rapids reflect this western heritage with names like "Gunsmoke", "Stageline", "Branding Iron", "Ambush", and "Ol' Bushwhacker". As intense as it is beautiful, this river is outstanding in all it offers to true river enthusiasts.
This trip is recommended for physically fit individuals with previous class 3 commercial rafting experience. Six guests per raft. Due to the abrasive volcanic river rock, wetsuits are strongly recommended. Click here for rental information.