- 18 miles of river
- Class II – IV+ whitewater
- Two days of rafting
- One night of camping (night during)
- 4 meals Day 1: LD/ Day 2: BL
- Wetsuits, if needed
- Professional guides & instruction, river equipment & shuttles
8:30 am: Meet, greet, and sign in with your head guide.
9:00 am: Board company vehicles and drive 45-min. to put-in.
10:30 am: Launch your boats and begin 3 miles of Class II rapids.
Noon: Picnic lunch on banks of the river.
1:00 pm: Continue down river, run lots of rapids.
2:00 pm: Arrive at our sandy beach campsite on the banks of the river.
2:30 pm: Set up camp, relax, play.
5:15 pm: Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a small amount of wine, beer, juices, and camaraderie.
6:00 pm: Dinner, dessert, campfire, more camaraderie.
Whenever you want: Fall asleep under the stars, in your own tent, in rented tent.
(Quiet hours start 10:00 pm).
Trip Orientation is always very instructional; your head guide takes at least 30 minutes to discuss safety features of the trip and demonstrate paddle techniques. He/she will demonstrate and explain everything you need to know in order to enjoy a safe, as well as fun, experience.
You will gain a healthy respect for the river as well as feel secure that you will be okay. You will meet the other rafters on your trip and meet you own guide.
Climb into your wetsuit and board the boats because we are ready for rafting fun. Right away we enter Rock Garden, our first of many Class IV rapids. This is an indication of the fun and challenges we will have today. Our pace is quick as we have 18 miles to go. Take a look at the River Map for an indication of the Tuolumne River Whitewater fun to come!
About noon we stop for a hearty and nutritious picnic lunch. We will need this break in which to energize ourselves with an excellent riverside lunch. We also welcome this break during which we can relax and enjoy the beautiful California scenery.
After lunch, we re-board our boats and continue our trip. Clavey Falls, Class V, is our very biggest rapid of the day! Clavey is considered to be one of the 10 Big Drops in the U.S.
Mid-afternoon we arrive at our wilderness campsite, though sometimes we camp either at Clavey Falls or across the river from Clavey. You will feel like you are in the state of Idaho, this area of the canyon is really beautiful. The guides will set up our kitchen while the guests set up their tents (with help from the guides) and get comfortable. There is plenty of time to take a stroll, pull out your binoculars, take photos, read, or just relax. The evening is spent enjoying a delicious dinner and spinning tales around the campfire.
8:00 am: Enjoy breakfast that your guides have prepared.
10:30 am: Launch your boats and continue your river journey
Noon: Picnic lunch on banks of the river.
3:30 pm: Arrive at our Take-Out.
After breakfast and a leisurely hour or so at camp, we will board our boats and continue downriver. First thing we have Son of Clavey Class III+, then Gray’s Grindstone Class IV; Thread the Needle Class III+, Cabin Class IV, Hell’s Kitchen Class IV, The Alps Class III, and Pinball Class IV. You wonder where these names come from? Well, ask your guide.
At the Take-Out, we all help the guides take the gear out of the river, grab a cold soda or water, and board the river vehicles for the 30-minute drive back to the Casa Loma Store. This is your opportunity to shop for a souvenir t-shirt and say farewell to the new friends you’ve made on your California’s Tuolumne River rafting trip. You should be ready to depart for your next destination by 5-6 P.M.
It is only seven miles to the Gold Rush town of Groveland where you can enjoy a nice dinner, sip of wine, and an overnight stay in one of the quaint hotels.
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