2 Day Burnt Ranch Gorge River Rafting

Prices Starting At

$369 Adults (14+)

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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 are also a must and a Class V swim test may be administered at the put-in Day 1.

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.

Tributary 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 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.


After take-out at Hawkins Bar, we will return to Burnt Ranch Gorge Campground to spend the night. You will be served dinner in the evening and breakfast the following morning by your awesome river guides.

We can also offer this trip at a slower pace that might be better suited to some. The first part of the trip is run down to the trail that comes up to Burnt Ranch Campground and is above “Falls” (first Class V rapids encountered). The rafting equipment is left in the canyon. We hike back next morning after breakfast to tackle the most challenging section of the Gorge.

What Should I Bring

For Rafting

  • 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

For Camping

  • Linens
    • Blankets
    • Pillow
    • Sleeping bag
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Flashlight/Headlamp
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Camp chair


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

Rafting shuttle services and fees included. For more information on trip shuttles click here.

What Does Tributary Provide

Included with Rafting

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

Included with this Overnight River Rafting Trip

  • 1 night camping
  • 4 meals
    • Day 1 –  lunch & dinner
    • Day 2 – breakfast & lunch
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