Rafting the Middle Fork of the American River!

Central Sierra Hiking Group
Central Sierra Hiking Group
Public group

13384 Lincoln Way

13384 Lincoln Way · Auburn, CA

How to find us

meet in Auburn behind Raleys just before 0800, OR at 0550 at the east end of Safeway parking lot in Jackson, to carpool (we will leave at 0600).

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This 17 mile trip is for those of you wanting a lot of excitement in one, very full day. We meet Raft California in the town of Auburn at 0800. We’ll be on the river early, running the Tunnel Chute and lots of other exciting rapids as well as floating and paddling the calmer stretches of the river. We stop for a picnic lunch along the way, provided by the raft company. The Middle Fork of the American river features rapids that range from Class II to Class V. Overall they rate this as an adventuresome Class III/IV experience with one Class V rapid – the famous Tunnel Chute. Here the river drops through a narrow, churning whitewater chute leading down to a flat water tunnel through a narrow ridge blasted by miners in the 1850s. The result is an exciting, roller coaster ride, adrenaline rush rapid. We stop to scout this rapid first; walking around the Tunnel Chute is always an option. Class II, III, and IV rapids follow, as well as a portage around a waterfall/boulder garden. There are also several long, lazy calm stretches where paddling is necessary as the current slows, and we enjoy the serenity and beauty of a remote river canyon.

Cost is $139, if we book 12+ people, we will get a 10% discount. Folks from the Carson River raft trip get 50% off if you saved your coupon! You will each need to book your own trip with Raft California. Here is the link for booking with our meet-up group:


They will have more info and a waiver to sign.

water bottle
Tennis shoes or river sandals (Tevas, Chaco’s, Keens…)
Sunhat or visor
UVF SunShirt
Nylon windbreaker
Head strap for eyeglasses
Waterproof sunscreen
Dry clothes, shoes and snacks for after

It will be a long day! Stopping for dinner on the way back is an option.