|COMPARISONS: South Fork American or Middle Fork American
|One Day Chili Bar run on the South Fork American
One Day Gorge run on the South Fork American
|One Day Middle Fork American Tunnel Chute run
One Day Full River South Fork American River
|WHY: We noticed that you've split the trip into different sections?
|The Chili Bar or Gorge run are both ideal for the novice or intermediate. The run has lots of Class III-III+ rapids. Very enjoyable as an introduction to whitewater. Yes, that's real whitewater. Not a float; and not a gentle ride! This is real whitewater rapids, but quite suitable for families with kids and hardcore rafters who want to surf every hole!
||For the aggressive, athletic rafter, we recommend either the Full River or the Tunnel Chute run. The mileage and intensity are the keys, here. Full River is 21 miles long with many more rapids than the Tunnel Chute run but the rapids are mostly Class III-III+; whereas the Tunnel Chute run has less rapids, a longer mellow section but a couple of really hard Class IV-IV+ rapids. Please note: Full River South Fork is not recommended during the late summer months.
|EXTENDED: Another way to look at the trips
|Two Day South Fork American
||Two Day, Three Day Middle Fork American
|Two day on the South Fork is a favorite of families, corporate groups and friendly get-togethers! This is the classic California river trip! Great fun and because the 21 mile stretch is spread out over a two day period, most people will be able to handle this trip. Our base camp has all the amenities from flush toilets, running water, showers and a small store where you can pick up any forgotten toiletry items. You can even bring your blow dryer! This is ideal for those of you who are not ready to "rough it" in the outdoors. We recommend that your group do this trip before the two day South Fork Wilderness or Middle Fork American Wilderness Trips.
To Recap the South Fork American:
CLASS III - III+ (over 50 rapids!)
10.5 miles, 11 miles or 21 miles
MORE RAPIDS less Difficult
Raft through Coloma State Historical Park
One Day or Two Days of Rafting
Vehicle Accessible Camp
Pack anything you want!
Showers, flush toilets
All river rafting gear
And of course, the Guide Service!
|Two days on the Middle Fork is a wilderness lovers' dream! We recommend this trip for those of you who are healthy and mentally prepared for a total wilderness trip. In one of the deepest canyons, we are isolated throughout the two days and we require you to be fit for this challenge. Please note that no flush toilets or showers are available on this trip package. Porta-potties are carried in the boats and brought out of the canyon so that this river remains pristine. "Only footprints are left" remains our philosophy on this beautiful stretch of river!
To Recap the Middle Fork American:
CLASS II - III - IV+ (Tunnel Chute Rapid!)
19 miles or 25 miles
LESS RAPIDS more Difficult
One Day, Two Days or Three Days of Rafting
Boat Accessible Camp only
30 lbs limitation per person packed gear
Porta-potties, no showers
All River rafting gear
And of course, the Guide Service!
|RECOMMENDATIONS: We hope you hear us!
|South Fork American is for novices, families, chldren from ages 8 - 17, large groups, corporate team-building, and friendly gatherings. Please note that in the springtime or during high flows, we recommend that you call us and discuss the river conditions.
That's right, the whole trip becomes a lot more aggressive at higher flows. That's when we'd rather have experienced, aggressive paddlers. So if you are totally confused, then just call us and discuss your needs. Rafting isn't set in a black and white world and we want to make sure that we are placing you on the right river for your skills!
|Middle Fork American is for aggressive athletic novices, athletic families with children ages 12-17, smaller groups, corporate team-building and friendly gatherings. The river has a very controlled release schedule and we usually start around May 1st. If the runoff is huge, then the schedule is boosted up towards the end of May instead.
Though this river has a long gentle section, we still recommend athletic users because of Kanaka Rapid and Tunnel Chute. Both are Class IV-IV+ rapids and require aggressive and responsive paddling. We also need to portage (walk around) a major waterfall. That means you are hiking up and around this obstacle, so you need to be in good hiking shape, too.