Maps and Travel Details

Advanced Class V

Directions, What to bring & Where to stay:

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Maps & Directions:

Meet Place & Meet Time

Pre-Trip Preparation Meet Time: 7:00 PM the evening before your trip
Casa Loma store
24000 Casa Loma Rd
Groveland, CA 95321

Because of the difficulty of this run, All-Outdoors Cherry Creek trips are designed specifically for education and teamwork - two important elements of successful Class V adventures. Participants take part in discussions, demonstrations, and exercises in preparation for the next day's challenge. Advanced rafting techniques are covered along with a detailed description of this incredible stretch of whitewater. As mentioned, teamwork involving everyone is essential. This pre-trip preparation serves as an education in Class V rafting, and is a rewarding time of team building. After the pre-trip meeting is over, participants are free to go and will reassemble back at Casa Loma store early the next morning to make final preparations for the day ahead.

 

Driving Directions

Map

(Please use a California map in conjunction with this map.)
Casa Loma store is located 8 miles east of the town of Groveland on Hwy 120 at Ferretti Road. (NOTE: Ferretti Road is a loop with the west end in Groveland and the east end at Casa Loma Rd.)

Traveling east on Hwy 120, Casa Loma store is on the left side of Hwy 120 at Ferretti Road. Parking is available in the dirt area just east of the store. Cars may be left there for the duration of the trip.

Drive Times and Distances:

San Francisco: 140 mi/ 3 hrs
San Jose: 140 mi/ 3 hrs
Sacramento: 115 mi./ 2 hrs
Los Angeles: 370 mi./ 7 hrs
Walnut Creek:120 mi/ 2.5 hrs

Yosemite Valley: 40 mi./ 1 hr
Modesto: 80 mi./ 1.5 hrs
Lake Tahoe: 185 mi./ 3.5 hours
San Diego: 510 mi/ 9 hrs

These are approximate mileages and driving times and do not take into account any delays or stops. Please allow a little extra time to assure correct arrival time to the meeting place. Thank you!

Most people drive to the meeting place as there is no public transportation available. The Modesto and Stockton airports are the closest airports to Groveland with scheduled commuter flights (United Express). You may rent a vehicle from these locations (Hertz and Avis). A private airstrip is located at Pine Mountain Lake in Groveland.

General Information:

What's Included

  • Professional Guide, instruction, and equipment
  • Delicious fresh meals
  • River shuttle by bus to and from the Meet Place for your trip

What to Bring

  • Personal medicine
  • Change of clothing for ride home
  • Waterproof sunblock, sunglasses with strap, hat, visor (optional)

What to Wear

  • Swimsuit
  • Wetsuit (Required on all Cherry Creek trips. See Wetsuit Information for additional details.)
  • Quick drying shorts to wear over wetsuit is recommended for more comfort
  • Athletic shoes that are lace-up, no slip-ons or thongs 
  • Long-sleeve shirt and pants for added sun protection and/or extra layering
  • Wool or fleece sweater/jacket or waterproof jacket

While on the river, you need little other than your river attire. There is limited space available in a water- resistant bag for additional items, such as raingear or medication, that you might need during the day (no towels, please). This bag is usually available only during the lunch stop and at camp.

Please Do Not Bring:
Expensive watch, jewelry, radio, pets, camera without water protection. Space is limited on the boat . Please note that storage of wallets, and other valuables are the participant's responsibility.

Additional important items to "bring" on an All-Outdoors

Class V trip

#1 Personal experience on Class IV - V rivers, such as the Kaweah, North Fork of the Stanislaus, North Fork American, the Main Tuolumne, and the Cal Salmon. Or water sport experience such as surfing, boogie boarding, or whitewater canoeing.

#2 The physical condition needed for a demanding day of rafting, hiking, and boulder scrambling.

#3 Presence of mind in moving water and the ability to swim back to raft or to shore.

#4 The ability to take guide instruction seriously and implement it when necessary.

#5 Comfort in team-work both on and off the water.

#6 Presence of mind in intense and demanding situations.

#7 Proper respect for rivers and the power of moving water.

#8 An ability to balance the serious demands of class V rafting with a desire to have a great time and enjoy a beautiful canyon.

River Conditions (Real Time)

Real-time flow information is available for Cherry Creek on our Updated River Conditions page.

Local Weather

The important thing to remember about the weather in the Sierra Foothills is that it can change on short notice. It is always best to be prepared for any kind of weather situation.

Seasonal patterns do exist. In April and May, days are generally breezy and warm (60-70 degrees). Nights can be in the 50's; generally cooler during the earlier spring trips. The summer months are usually hot and dry (85-100 degrees). Night temperatures can range from the low 60's to the low 70's.

Even though these patterns exist, it is not uncommon to get a 90 degree day in May and a breezy, rainy day in June or July. It is always important to bring sun protection and cold weather gear to the river. You can decide which is most appropriate once you have arrived.

For specific questions, contact our Reservations office at (800) 247-2387.

Accommodations:

Hotels and B&B's

Groveland Hotel: Groveland, (209) 962-4000 or (800) 273-3314
The historic Groveland Hotel is in the heart of downtown Groveland and about 20 minutes from the All-Outdoors meet place at the Casa Loma store. This is a Victorian hotel featuring 17 themed rooms, each with a feather bed, private bath, and coffee brewer. Rates include a complete breakfast. The Groveland Hotel is known for its fully-stocked wine cellar and full service restaurant. Meals and drinks can be enjoyed out-of-doors on their lovely verandah. AAA discount.

Hotel Charlotte: Groveland, (209) 962-6455
Hotel Charlotte is located in downtown Groveland and about 20 minutes from the All-Outdoors warehouse at the Casa Loma store. Innkeepers Doug and Jenn Edwards invite you to enjoy the ambience of an “Old West” boutique hotel with stellar service, or one of their vacation rentals. The inn is home to the highly-rated Fork & Love Restaurant. Complimentary buffet breakfast included.

All Seasons Groveland Inn: Groveland, (800) 595-9993
Located in Groveland and about 20 minutes from the All-Outdoors meet place at the Casa Loma store, this small downtown B&B is a blend of modern room amenities and old world charm. Each room displays a scenic wall mural painted by a local artist. Rooms come with a refrigerator, fireplace, TV, coffee station, and a small private bath, kitted out with either a steam room or Jacuzzi tub. Full hot breakfast is included.

Yosemite Rose: Groveland, (866) 962-6548
Located off the main highway less than 10 minutes from the All-Outdoors meet place at the Casa Loma store, this B&B is a replica of a Bay Area mansion from the late 1800’s ‘Italianate Revival’ period. From this quiet 90 acre property, ambitious guests can hike to Clavey Falls, one of the Main Tuolumne’s most challenging rapids or take an easy stroll to the trout pond. Other on-site activities include horse trail rides, billiards, a piano in the music room, or a massage. Manor house guests enjoy a full country breakfast. Rooms are elegantly appointed. The owners also rent a charming cabin. Military Discount available.

Big Creek Meadow Ranch: Groveland, (209) 962-1942
This 165-acre working guest ranch is across the highway from the All-Outdoors meet place at the Casa Loma store! Please note: Check-in to the guest ranch is handled by the All Seasons Groveland Inn in downtown Groveland. There are two bedrooms that are simply decorated but warm and inviting with knotty pine walls. There is also a “Camper” parked on the property that is a casual and fun alternative to the standard room experience. After a day of rafting or a game of badminton, horseshoes, or croquet; ranch guests can ease into the back-deck hot tub for some star gazing. Nearby dining at the 49er in Buck Meadows.

Blackberry Inn at Yosemite: Groveland, (888) 867-5001
Once a quintessential country farmhouse with a wraparound porch, this luxurious inn in the forest was expanded to a total of 10 bedrooms in two buildings. It is gracious and welcoming and very close to the All-Outdoors meet place at the Casa Loma store! Each room comes with a delicious, full breakfast. Nearby casual dining available at the 49er in Buck Meadows.

Yosemite Westgate Motel: Groveland, (209) 962-5381 or (800) 253-9673
This easy to find hotel is located about 10 minutes from the All-Outdoors meet place at the Casa Loma store. In addition to standard rooms, they have many “family-style” rooms with a dining area with microwave and refrigerator. Relax in the heated pool. Nearby dining at the 49er in Buck Meadows.

Rush Creek Lodge: Groveland (209) 379-2373
Opened in June 2016, Rush Creek is only 25 minutes from the All-Outdoors meet place at the Casa Loma store. This lodge is a sister property to The Evergreen Lodge. There are 143 lodge rooms, suites, and hillside villas with modern amenities. Rush Creek Lodge offers a fine dining restaurant and casual tavern. They also have a bar at the pool.

The Evergreen Lodge: Groveland, (209) 379-2606 or (800) 935-6343
About 40 minutes from the All-Outdoors meet place at the Casa Loma store. This is a woodsy 1921 Lodge, bordering Yosemite National Park. It offers a variety of accommodations from furnished traditional and family cabins to newer one-bedroom cottages, as well as camping in one of their fully-setup campsites. The property has on-site fine dining and lighter fare and cocktails in the rustic, all-wood tavern. The lodge provides a variety of guided tours and activities in and around Yosemite. Tired and sore guests can also enjoy an on-site massage!


Campgrounds

Yosemite Lakes Preserve: Groveland, (800) 533-1001
Part of the Thousand Trails/NACO camping system, this resort property offers non-member tent and RV campsites, yurts, bunkhouse cabins and a hostel. Located along the South-Fork Tuolumne River, guests can rent paddle boats & kayaks, swim, fish, and bike.

Yosemite Pines RV Park: Groveland, (209) 962-7690 or (877) 962-7690
About a 20 minutes drive to our meet place, this resort-style facility offers tent and RV camping, a variety of cabin sizes, and yurts. The grounds include a general store, laundry room, new swimming pool, exercise trail, club-house, playground and petting zoo. Family pets are welcome although there are no kennels.

USFS Campgrounds: (209) 962-7825
There are ten USFS campgrounds within the Groveland Ranger District. Those mentioned below are on Hwy 120 and are nearest to the AO meet place. These developed sites use well water and have pit toilets. Large trailers or RV’s can not be accommodated. No advance reservations are taken. Call the above number for more information.

  • Sweet Water: 13 miles east of Groveland
  • The Pines: 8 miles east of Groveland (no phone)
  • Lost Claim: 13 miles east of Groveland

Yosemite National Park: (209) 962-8502 or (800) 436-PARK
The Park contains 13 popular camp grounds with 7 taking advance reservations. Use the link for more information.

Moccasin Pt. Campground: (209) 852-2396
Located on Lake Don Pedro eight miles west of Groveland on Hwy 120, about 30 minutes from our meeting place, this campground offers both tent and R.V. sites. Reservations accepted.

Surrounding Attractions:

If you plan to spend additional time in the area before or after your trip, there are many interesting places to visit. The entrance to Yosemite National Park is on Hwy 120 and 16 miles east of the meet place for our Tuolumne trips. Any reservations for accommodations in Yosemite Park should be made well in advance of your visit. Visit the Virtual Visitors Center or call (209) 372-0200  for general park information.

Pine Mountain Lake is a resort community in Groveland that has houses and condominiums available for rent on a daily basis. Staying in these facilities is an excellent way for individuals or groups to relax together before, and/or after a rafting trip. For more information visit Pine Mountain Realty or call (209) 498-7123.

If Gold Rush era history is of interest to you, Hwy 49 connects with Hwy 120 near Groveland. Hwy 49 runs the length of the "Gold Rush Country" taking you through quaint, historic towns and beautiful Sierra Foothills scenery. For detailed information, visit the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau  or call (800) 446-1333.