California Whitewater Rafting Trips near San Francisco and Lake Tahoe
Mariah Wilderness Expeditions - Coordinated by Raft California
1 Day Upper Tuolumne Cherry Creek Rafting Trip

1 Day Upper Tuolumne Cherry Creek Rafting Trip

or Call

Departures: Daily, May through early September, 6:00am-6:00pm

Trip Difficulty: Expert, Class IV-V

Who Should Go: Experienced, Ages 14-97

Type of Raft: Paddle boat, 6 paddlers plus a professional guide

Price Range:

  • Daily: Adults: $330 | Youth: $330


Not Included: Gratuities, 3% River Use Fee

Available to Rent: Tent & Sleeping kit


Cherry Creek is the ultimate in California rivers. A creek on the upper Tuolumne, a 1 Day Tuolumne Cherry Creek Rafting Trip is the ride of your life. With a gradient averaging a steep 110 feet per mile, this is the most challenging run in the U.S. and the standard by which all Class V rivers are measured. The “Creek” offers chutes, holes, ledges and falls, all amidst gigantic boulders. Test your skills at Jawbone, Mushroom, or “The Miracle Mile” where the average gradient is closer to 200 feet per mile. Then it’s on to more exitement with famous rapids like Lewis’s Leap and Flat Rock Falls.

The 1 Day Upper Tuolumne Cherry Creek Rafting Trip is perfect for those of you looking for the most challenging river in California.

Call our office for the 1 Day Tuolumne Cherry Creek Rafting Trip DIRECTIONS and PACKING LIST.


  • Trip Includes

    • 9 miles of river
    • Class IV-V+ whitewater
    • One day whitewater rafting
    • Breakfast and lunch included
    • Professional guides & instruction, river equipment & shuttles
    • Day 1

      6:00 am: Meet, greet, and sign in with your head guide.

      7:00 am: Depart for Put-in. Receive trip orientation, swim test at the river, & breakfast.

      8:00 am: Launch your boats and begin your river journey.

      Noon: We provide high energy snacks & drinks throughout the day. Lunch at noon.

      1:30-2:00 pm: Take-Out; bus ride back to where your cars are. You should be ready to depart for your next destination by 2:30PM.

      We meet in the parking lot of Sierra Mac Headquarters at 27890 Highway 120, 13 miles east of the town of Groveland. If coming from the west, after you pass Buck Meadows look for the Vista Point/Rim of the World overlook on your left, followed by Packard Canyon Road on your right. We are just beyond on the north (left) side of the road. If you are coming from the Yosemite area, we are about ½ mile beyond the Cherry Lake Road. Pay attention–our place comes up quickly!

      Driving time from the Bay Area is about 3 ½ hours; from Manteca, about 1 ½ hours; from Los Angeles, about 7 hours; and from Yosemite’s northwest entrance gate (Big Oak Flat), about 25 minutes. We can also arrange local pickups at the Pine Mountain Lake Airport for travelers arriving by private plane.

      Each trip begins with an energy breakfast, followed by wet suit, helmet and floatation vest fitting and an extensive two-hour whitewater seminar which includes training in swiftwater swimming, navigation and safety techniques. If, in our opinion, you are not ready for this rigorous experience following the training seminar, you will be asked to return to the shuttle van. (In this case you will receive a 50% refund.)

      Welcome to Class V; the ultimate challenge in white water rafting! We at Sierra Mac are excited to share this thrilling adventure with you. As you contemplate taking a Class V trip, it is imperative to realize that these trips are intense and demanding passenger participation experiences, particularly on the paddle boats, and that a successful run depends upon you and your boat team.


    • View River Rapids Map

    The Evening Before Your Trip!

    Camping the night prior to your trip is not included. Our meeting place for all Tuolumne river rafting trips is La Casa Loma Store, seven miles East of Groveland.

    From Groveland, drive East to Ferretti Rd. (Careful! Ferretti Rd. also joins Highway 120 just outside the town of Groveland. Drive the full seven miles from the Groveland city limit to the correct Ferretti Rd. exit). Turn left on Ferretti Rd. and then left again to get to the store. La Casa Loma store can be seen from Highway 120 but is located about 100 yards off the highway.
    Your car will be parked at the store for the duration of the trip and the river shuttle service will transport you to the river and back to your car at the end of the trip. There are nice restaurants nearby where you may enjoy a lovely dinner.

    See “Area Information” under “Resources” above.