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Middle Fork American River

2-Day Middle Fork American River Trips

Two days in a beautiful 2000'-deep National Wild & Scenic River canyon.
Very few people, remote beach camping and exploratory side hikes.

Class III-IV and Class II each day
16 miles
Lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch

$349

Monday-Thursday


$369

Friday, Sunday


$389

Saturday

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
  • Take-out, shuttle
  • Trip ends mid-afternoon to late afternoon

In 2 days you'll paddle the same distance of our 1-Day trip but with more time to explore the beautiful wilderness of the 2000-foot deep Middle Fork canyon. All of your personal gear is carried by luggage rafts into a remote beach camp. After an action-packed morning of Class III-IV whitewater, we'll relax through a peaceful Class II section of the river. Here you'll have the opportunity to command your own inflatable kayak through the riffles and rapids and we'll also break for a riverside lunch.

Midway through this section, we'll set up our camp for the evening on a remote stellar stretch of beach. Now is the time for complete relaxation. You can fish, wade in a calm pool, read a book, or just fall asleep under a shady oak. We'll wake you in time for hors d'oeuvres and a freshly prepared meal. Later we'll sit by a fire, laugh and tell stories about our runs through the day's rapids. That night you'll sleep under the stars tucked snuggly inside your sleeping bag.

The next day, coffee and a hearty breakfast get us prepared for another day of exhilarating paddling. More Class II whitewater (and more opportunities for kayaking) before we stop to hike up a captivating side stream and break for lunch. Back in the boats, we tackle Chunder Rapid and then your guides will portage your boat around a Class VI 30-foot waterfall. Our 2-Day journey ends with an explosive succession of five Class III-IV rapids before we float into take-out.

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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One of the best rafting trips we've been on!

"We were very glad to have chosen the two day trip. It gave us an opportunity to see sights along the American River that we wouldn't otherwise have. The guides were friendly and the trip was organized. A fun time for the husband, myself, our teenagers and their friends."

Amy from San Francisco

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