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South Fork American Express Trips
(offered Year-Round)

Beginner-Intermediate Class III+

Select from the following Express Trips:
Upper "Chili Bar" Trips
Starts mid-morning

Class III rapids followed by a float
4 hours, 9 miles
Lunch not included

$108 Sunday-Friday
$118 Saturday
Lower "Gorge" Trips
Starts early afternoon
(mid-morning in spring)

Float before Class III rapids
6 hours, 12 miles
Lunch not included

$124 Sunday-Friday
$134 Saturday

TRIP ITINERARY: South Fork American Express Rafting Trips

South Fork American River Rafting Map

Express Trip Itinerary
Upper "Chili Bar" >>

Meet: Mid-morning, in Lotus
Hour One: Sign-in, bus ride, instruction
Hour Two-Three: Class III rapids
Hour Four: Class II rapids, take-out in Lotus

The action begins right after put-in with Class III Meatgrinder Rapid--the longest rapid on the river. The fast pace continues until you reach the last Class III challenge of the day--Troublemaker Rapid. After this wild, S-turn rapid, you'll begin a more leisurely three-mile Class II section to take-out in Lotus.

Express Trip Itinerary
Lower "Gorge" >>

Meet: Early afternoon (mid-morning in spring), in Lotus
Hour One: Sign-in, instruction
Hour Two: Class II warm-up rapids
Hour Three-Five: Class III rapids,
the "Gorge"
Hour Six: Take-out in Folsom Lake, bus ride

This trip begins with mellow Class II rapids, giving you time to warm-up before we reach the Class III whitewater of the "Gorge." Your paddling skills will be tested in Fowler's Rock Rapid, the first Class III rapid we encounter. After Fowler's, the whitewater continues at a perfect pace, one Class III rapid after another, until late afternoon when we reach our take-out in Folsom Lake.

During periods of high-flows, the itineraries above may be altered.

THE NEXT STEP: Plan your Trip

You may want to check out our 1-Day and 2-Day trip options if you have not done so already. If you have made your decision you can start planning your trip by visiting the "Plan Your Trip" page where we make it easy for you to check availability and make a reservation. You can also contact us during our business hours by calling (800) 247-2387.


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