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Middle Fork American River

3-Day Middle Fork American River Trips

Three days in a beautiful river canyon.
Very few people, and more time for remote beach camping, relaxation, and side hikes.

Class III & Class IV+ day one and two, Class III day three
23 miles
Seven delicious meals

$539

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Sample Itinerary

DAY ONE

  • Meet mid-morning in Foresthill
  • Sign-in, pack personal gear
  • Shuttle, instruction
  • Class III-IV rapids
  • Riverside lunch
  • Class II rapids, optional kayaking
  • Set up camp, relax
  • Dinner, campfire (fire season permitting), dessert, revelry!
  • Fall asleep under the stars

DAY TWO

  • Coffee, lounging, breakfast
  • Break camp, load gear rafts
  • Class II rapids, optional kayaking
  • Optional side hike, lunch
  • Class IV Chunder Rapid, portage Ruck-a-Chucky
  • Class III-IV rapids
  • Class II rapids
  • Set up camp, relax
  • Dinner, campfire (fire season permitting), dessert, revelry!
  • Fall asleep under the stars

DAY THREE

  • Coffee, lounging, breakfast
  • Time relaxing at camp
  • Break camp, load gear rafts
  • Class II rapids, optional kayaking
  • Optional hike, lunch
  • Class II rapids, optional kayaking
  • Take-out, shuttle
  • Trip ends mid-afternoon to late afternoon

A Middle Fork American 3-Day trip will quench your thirst for adventure while still allowing for plenty of rest and relaxation. All of your personal gear is carried by luggage rafts into remote beach camps. Your first two days are spent crashing through the Class III-IV rapids on the upper section of the Middle Fork.

After two days of exciting whitewater, you'll float past the area where everyone else must take out, and instead you'll raft into the beauty and calm of the Lower Middle Fork canyon. You can paddle an inflatable kayak or you can lounge on one of the rafts as you float to the final destination of Mammoth Bar. Taking three days to travel 27 miles through a beautiful wilderness area like the Middle Fork Canyon can energize the soul for weeks, months, or even years.

The itinerary above may be altered due to a range of variables, including river flow levels, water release schedules, time of year, and other factors. Contact us if you have any questions.

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Great Family Experience

"My son (12) and I wanted to spend sometime bonding in nature on an adventure, and this is exactly what was provided. All Outdoors was well organized, provided excellent food, thrilling rapids, adventurous hikes, and a lifelong special memory to my family. I highly recommend this company for anyone wanting to enjoy a well planned outdoor adventure."

Doug and Alex from San Clemente, California

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