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 Class 4-5 whitewater action. This is a challenging rafting trip available for adventurous groups with good swimming ability. Previous paddling experience is suggested for this trip, particularly during higher flows.
We meet on the first day at our exclusive camp off Highway 49 near Indian Valley Campground. There is a short shuttle up to Goodyears Bar for the “Maytag” run put-in. After less than 2 miles of introductory Class 2-3 rapids, you get the first Class 4 action on the channels of ‘Ramshorn’. Some more Class 3 leads to the Class 4 double drops of ‘Two Pair’. We will stop for lunch along the way. Six miles into the trip is the highlight – the Class 5 ‘Maytag’. We always stop above this rapid and scout it, so all clients have the option of walking around. The Class 4 ‘Son of Maytag’ follows quickly, with more Class 3 action to the take-out. There is a short hike from the river back to camp where refreshments await you.
Clients can set-up their camp, fish, hike or simply relax around the camp fire. The river guides will serve appetizers and prepare an awesome dinner.
In the morning, awake to the sound of the river, the aroma of coffee brewing. Your talented river guides prepare breakfast and we usually depart from camp shortly after 9:30 am. We shuttle up Highway 49 through Downieville to Union Flat Campground for the put in.
The first 6 miles of this 2nd day are from Union Flat to Downieville (Moss Canyon), which contains nearly continuous Class 4-5 rapids. The most intense action is from mile 2-3 with 3 large drops ending with ‘Boss Moss’ rapid and one big daddy hole. We stop for lunch in the quaint town of Downieville.
The Downie River that enters in Downieville adds considerably to the North Yuba River downstream. Guides will decide on the day if the Rossasco Ravine can be safely run depending on water flows and the paddling skills of clients. The river flows through a long series of rapids in Rossasco Ravine, including ‘Big Dummy’. At higher flows this rapid may have to be portaged due to the chute ending in a huge hole and at certain levels even the portage can be dangerous. There are a couple of miles of Class 2 rapids before the take-out at Goodyears Bar. Refreshments are served and we will return you back to your vehicles.
Tributary Whitewater Tours operates under permit from the Tahoe National Forest Yuba River Ranger District and is an equal opportunity service provider.