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Tuolumne River

1-Day Tuolumne River Trips

Long day of challenging rafting on a National Wild & Scenic River

Class IV+ morning, Class III mid-day, Class IV afternoon
18 miles
Lunch included

$279

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Sample Itinerary

  • Meet in the morning, outside Groveland
  • Sign-in, shuttle
  • Instruction, paddling practice
  • Class IV+ rapids
  • Riverside lunch
  • Class II-III rapids
  • Class IV rapids
  • Take-out, shuttle
  • Trip ends late afternoon

Your trip begins quickly in the Class IV boulder slalom of Rock Garden Rapid. The next four miles bring an onslaught of technical, intricate Class IV+ rapids with large hydraulics and immense boulders. Soon you'll reach Class IV+ Clavey Falls, a legendary rapid due to its sheer drop and intimidating hydraulics.

After Clavey, the water mellows to an enjoyable Class II-III level, giving you an opportunity to look beyond the whitewater in front of you and take in the grace and beauty of the Tuolumne canyon. We'll stop for a delicious, well-earned riverside lunch on a relaxing beach. Back on the water, soon you'll be crashing and careening through more Class IV whitewater. Just when you're getting tired, we'll pull 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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Amazing Trip!!!

"So much FUN! AO Rafting is great- from customer service booking the trip thru the bus ride out at the end of the trip! The guides took great care of us: making sure we knew how to stay safe in the rapids, preparing the lunch (with hot chocolate), and handing out sweaters to those of us that did not have enough layers. The Tuolumne had a lot of fun rapids, I cannot wait to go back for the bigger rapids in Cherry Creek! Big thanks to Adam, Matt & Colin"

Serena from Escondido, CA

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