Middle Fork American 1 Day Trip
Class: IV (one V)
Meet Time: 8:30AM
Minimum Age: 12
13384 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603
(In the parking lot behind the Raley's)
This 18 mile trip is an experience that you will never forget. The Class IV Middle Fork American River is an intermediate whitewater river offering numerous big drops, intricate technical rapids and tons of action. This trip is perfect for adventurous novices as well as the more experienced individuals who have rafted the South Fork and are looking for something more adventurous. This is a full day adventure full of whitewater action as well as calm pools that allow you to bask in the breath taking beauty of the 2000 foot deep wilderness river canyon. If all of that isn’t enough the Middle Fork provides the added benefit of its historic significance during the California Gold Rush.
We start are day in Auburn, California from which we jump into our shuttle vans to drive to put-in. You get a bird's eye view of the canyon as we travel to our put-in. After being fitted with all the necessary rafting equipment and receiving a safety orientation from one of our highly trained guides, we load into our rafts to continue our adventure. It starts off right away with the aptly named “Good Morning” rapid. If you weren’t awake before, you will be after this rapid. After tackling numerous rapids including Kanaka Falls, Bus Crash and the famous “Tunnel Chute” which drops 80 feet through a 14 foot wide chute ending by floating through a man-made tunnel blasted through the mountain during the gold rush, this is an absolutely incredible experience and one of only two rivers in the world where you can raft through a tunnel, we will stop for a gourmet deli lunch freshly prepared by your guide. Before continue our journey filled with more whitewater action and breathtaking views. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience and we have people come back year after year to re-live it. Of course the very best time to experience this river is during midweek or Sundays when you can avoid the Saturdays crowd and experience the solitude of the canyon. You will feel like you have the river to yourself.