Note: If you plan to use a GPS navigation system or online mapping service, please use in conjunction with the driving directions we provide below.
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 river’s challenges. Advanced rafting techniques are covered along with a detailed description of this incredible stretch of whitewater. Teamwork involving everyone is essential so the pre-trip orientation serves both as an education in Class V rafting, and as a rewarding time for 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 trip ahead.
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.
NOTE: The most direct route from the S.F. Bay Area is east on Hwy 580 to 205 to 120. The most direct route from Southern California is Hwy 5 to 99 to 120 (in Manteca).
We encourage you to print and use our driving directions and not rely strictly on GPS navigation. GPS / cellular service is limited to nonexistent in outlying areas.
Driving Distances and Times to Meeting Place From:
San Francisco: 150 mi/ 3 hrs
San Jose: 150 mi/ 3 hrs
Sacramento: 130 mi/ 2.5 hrs
Los Angeles: 370 mi / 7 hrs
Walnut Creek: 130 mi/ 2.5 hrs
Yosemite Valley: 40 mi/ 1 hr
Modesto: 70 mi/ 1.5 hrs
South Lake Tahoe: 170 mi/ 3.5 hours
San Diego: 500 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Park contains 13 popular camp grounds with 7 taking advance reservations. Use the link for more information.
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.
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) 962-7156.
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.
Real-time, up to the hour flow information is available for the Tuolumne / Cherry Creek Combo on our Updated River Conditions page.
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.Tuolumne / Cherry Creek Groveland, CA