1 Day Burnt Ranch Gorge River Rafting

Prices Starting At

$179 Adults (14+)

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Burnt Ranch Gorge whitewater rafting trips are Class 5 and requires previous Class 4+ experience, and excellent swimming skills.

We typically meet at the Burnt Ranch Gorge campground and shuttle up to the Cedar Flat access area where you will be required to show your readiness for this trip with a swim test.

This is an epic and well sought after white water rafting trip for return and experienced rafters. This is a challenging Class 4 rafting trip and is not for beginners. We have top notch guides who are the best in the industry with years of experience. Many of our guides like to kayak this river section and can appreciate its beauty and understand the consequences.

Raft California operates under permit from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider.


  • Epic, highly sought after rafting trip
  • Burnt Ranch Gorge whitewater rafting trips are Class 5 and requires previous Class 4+ experience, and excellent swimming skills
  • Non-stop Class IV and Class V rapid action
  • A must do run for Experienced Paddlers!

River Map

Trip Itinerary

The action on Burnt Ranch Gorge is swift and intense, with the Trinity River dropping 200 feet a mile in parts and there are five Class 4-4+ rapids in the first 2.5 miles. Rapids like China Slide, Pearly Gates, Tight Squeeze have 8′-10′ drops and narrow chutes just barely wide enough for the raft to slip through!

Now things get really tough. Then two Class 5 rapids (Upper Burnt Ranch AKA Jaws and Middle Burnt Ranch Falls) must be negotiated before any escape is possible.

Just after Middle Burnt Ranch Falls, a steep trail heads up the canyon leading to Burnt Ranch Campground and the highway. The most difficult rapids in the canyon are yet to come with the Class 5 rapids of Lower Burnt Ranch Falls, Hennessy Falls, Origami, Table Rock and Gray’s Fall in a 3 mile stretch.

Following all this action, you get a welcome break, can swim the rapids, celebrate what you have just survived and relax before the take-out at Hawkins Bar.

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Where To Stay

What Should I Bring

  • Required Items
    • Re-usable 20oz or more water bottle
    • Shoes (no flip flops)
  • Suggested Items
    • Sunglasses (with a strap)
    • Baseball hat
  • Do Not Bring
    • Cell Phones
    • Wallets
    • Expensive jewelry


Click here for a full detailed list of what to wear and what to bring.

What Does Tributary Provide

Included with Rafting

  • PFD (Personal floatation device / aka life jacket)
  • Paddle
  • Helmet
  • Professional raft guide for each raft
  • Lunch