- 7-11 miles of river
- Class III – IV whitewater rapids
- Snacks on the river
- River equipment (boats, paddles, life jackets)
- 45 minutes from Yosemite Valley
- Fun professional river guide
8:30 am or 2:00 pm: Meet, greet, and sign in with your head guide.
11:00-11:30 am: Launch your boats and begin river trip.
12:00-12:30 pm: Picnic lunch on banks of the river.
1:00 pm: Continue down river, enter a narrow canyon with more Class II rapids.
1:00 pm or 6:00 pm: We arrive at our take-out, board our river vehicles, and drive you back to where your cars are, about a 30-minute drive.
Your trip is either a morning trip 8:30am-1:00pm.or an afternoon trip 2:00-6:00pm. We meet you at Indian Flat Campground when you meet your river guides. We gather for the Trip Orientation, a thorough, 30-minute presentation given by your Head Guide. He/she will go over the safety features of the trip, and demonstrate paddle techniques. You will be introduced to your guides, launch your boats and begin rafting. The entire morning we have the opportunity to raft through lots of rapids. The Merced is intense and challenging from the start, with many Class III and IV rapids in the first few miles. At mile seven we reach Ned’s Gulch, a pure-fun Class IV rapid which begins with a series of standing waves, each coming toward you at an angle and building in size, and culminating in one big wave and a deep drop.
Our Take-Out is a few miles further down at Briceburg, which is steeped in history from the gold mining days. You get into our vehicles and we drive you back to where your cars are.
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- Full Day South Fork Trip-Chili Bar Run
- Two Day South Fork Trip – Gorge & Chili Bar
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