California Rafting – Advanced/Most Difficult

Advanced rafting trips in California offer the most difficult runs featuring many Class 5 rapids. Water hydraulics are very strong, with large drops and rock gardens. All participants must have previous Class 4 experience. We also require all participants to have excellent swimming skills. A Class 5 swim test may be administered prior to launching which would include being able to swim in a strong current, under the raft, and getting back in a raft unassisted.

Absolutely NO NON-SWIMMERS on these advanced rafting trips! Minimum age usually 16 years, but that will depend on water levels and experience.

If you have not rafted with Tributary before, and your previous experience is with another rafting outfitter,  we will want to verify that experience. This is for your safety as well as the well being of our river guides and other participants. Do not drag your inexperienced buddies on these trips because you want to do it. You are welcome to join these advanced trips solo. If the paddling skills or activity level is not adequate, we may have to remove people from the trip, or abandon the raft trip all together. The safety of everyone involved is paramount.

Other rivers may fall into this category at higher flows, like the Class 5 sections of the North Yuba River.

For trips that are less intense, but still feature large rapids see Intermediate/More Difficult trips.

California Rafting – Advanced/Most Difficult Options

Rare Class 5 summer run

Difficulty: Advanced
Rating: Class 5
Minimum Age: 16 years
Length: 10 miles
Time: 9:00am – 4:30/5:00pm
Price: Starting at $189

Includes lunch

Burnt Ranch Gorge whitewater rafting trips are Class 5 and requires previous Class 4+ experience, and excellent swimming skills. We meet at the Burnt Ranch Gorge campground and shuttle up to the Cedar Flat access area where you will be …[ FIND OUT MORE ]

Rare Class 5 summer run

Difficulty: Advanced
Rating: Class 5
Minimum Age: 16 years
Length: 20 miles
Time: 9:00am – 4:30/5:00pm
Price: Starting at $344

Includes 4 meals and 1 nights camp.

Normally the 2 day raft trip on Burnt Ranch Gorge will run the entire Gorge twice in 2 days. You get the same adventure twice! This is not a novice run and previous rafting experience is required. Strong swimming skills …[ FIND OUT MORE ]

NW California Class 4/5 gem

Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced
Rating: Class 4+/5
Minimum Age: 16 years
Length: 15-18 miles
Time: 9:30am day 1 – 4:30pm day 2
Price: Starting at $369

Includes 4 meals and 1 night camp

Rafting trips on the California Salmon or Cal. Salmon River are only recommended for experienced rafting clients who are in good physical condition, and very capable swimmers. There are numerous Class IV and substantial Class V rapids on these runs. …[ FIND OUT MORE ]

Not to be missed Class 5 runs!

Difficulty: Advanced
Rating: Class 5
Minimum Age: 16 years
Length: 28 miles
Time: 9:30am day 1 – 4:30/5:00pm last day
Price: Contact us for price

Includes 7 meals and 2 nights camp

Rafting trips on the California Salmon and Scott Rivers are only recommended for experienced rafting clients who are in good physical condition, and very capable swimmers. There are numerous Class IV and substantial Class V rapids on these runs. See the …[ FIND OUT MORE ]

Challenging Spring Overnight!

Difficulty: Adventurous Beginner to Advanced
Rating: Class 4-5
Minimum Age: 16 years
Length: 18 miles
Time: 9:30am day 1 – 3:30/4:00pm day 2
Price: Starting at $369

4 meals and 1 night camping included. Strong swimming skills required.

This North Fork Yuba River 2 day raft trip is great for those wishing to step up the game and tackle some Class 5 rapids. We combine the “Maytag” run and upstream Class 5 runs for 2 incredible days of …[ FIND OUT MORE ]

Rarely Run Wild Plum!

Difficulty: Advanced
Rating: Class 5+
Minimum Age: 16+ years
Length: 8 miles
Time: 9:30am – 4:30/5:00pm
Price: Call for pricing

Lunch included. Very strong swimming skills and previous Class 5 paddling experience required.

The North Yuba River Wild Plum Run is  only available as a custom trip. Previous paddling experience with Tributary is required for this trip or for those with verifiable solid Class 5 previous experience with another California rafting outfitter. From …[ FIND OUT MORE ]