Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced
Rating: Class 4+
Minimum Age: 14 years
Length: 9 miles
Time: Varies, 8:00-10:00am meet – 3:00/5:00pm return
Price: Starting at $139 [ VIEW PRICES ]
Lunch included. Strong swimming skills required.
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This North Fork American River 1 day rafting trip is a challenging Class 4-4+ early season snow melt river run.
As with any Class 4 run, good footwear is essential. Due to cold snow melt water and the technical nature of this run, first timers are discouraged and strong swimming abilities a must. Depending on water levels and air temperature, wet suits may be mandatory.
We typically meet you at our location in Weimar, CA (10 minutes North of Auburn, CA up I-80). This location is conveniently located right at the end of the road coming up from the take-out. We will shuttle you to the put-in launch site near Colfax. You will be given your pre-trip instruction and necessary equipment.
The challenge on this North Fork American River 1 day rafting trip starts right from the beginning. We negotiate a Class III-IV gorge with a series of boulder slalom rapids called ‘Slaughter Sluice’ less than 1/2 mile from put-in. Soon after is the 8′ vertical drop of the Class 4+ ‘Chamberlain Falls’. In short order comes more Class 4 rapids named ‘Tongue & Groove’, ‘Zig-Zag’, ‘Achilles Heel’, ‘Bogus Thunder’, and ‘Grand Slalom’. Take a deep breath as here comes the Class 4+ ‘Devil’s Staircase’, a series of 3 river wide ledges.
We will take a well-deserved river side lunch stop, and relax a little after all these intense Class 4 rapids. At this time we may take a picturesque side hike up Indian Creek to a water fall. The second half of the trip is more mellow with frequent Class 2-3 rapids. We float through a tranquil, peaceful canyon and take the opportunity to admire the beautiful, clean water and polished granite. If you are lucky, you might get to see an incredible poppy and lupine display. We take out at the Ponderosa Bridge site near Weimar where you are greeted with a cold drink and we shuttle you back to your vehicles.