Trinity River - Burnt Ranch Gorge

Highway 299 between Redding and Eureka, CA /

Level: Expert /

Class 5

Class 5 Summer Rafting!

Meeting Location

Meeting Location: Burnt Ranch Gorge Campground

Trinity Adventure Park
31030 CA-299
Junction City, CA 96048

Near Big Bar

Area Information

One of the few Class 5 rivers available in California in the summer months.
The action on Burnt Ranch Gorge is swift and intense, with the Trinity River dropping 200 feet in two miles and five Class 4-4+ rapids in the first 2.5 miles.  It is a classic pool and drop rafting trip. The riverbed is nearly blocked by a maze of boulders and there are countless falls, holes and waves to negotiate. This trip features numerous chutes just barely wide enough for the raft to slip through! Only smaller paddle boats are used because of the narrow and intricate passages.
This is NOT a novice whitewater rafting trip and requires previous Class 4 experience!

All participants must be experienced, physically fit and competent swimmers. Paddlers are required to show their abilities to handle the pace. A Class 5 paddlers test will be conducted in the river at put-in. Participants must be able to:

– Swim under the raft from one side to the other
– Climb back in the boat unassisted
–  Swim across a swift current.

Once in Burnt Ranch Gorge, the guides and clients will scout all the major rapids so rugged footwear is required.

Airport pick-up may be arranged from Redding.

Tributary operates under permit from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider.

  • Trinity Canyon Lodge – 27025 Highway 299 West, Junction City, CA, 96048. (530)-623-6318.
  • Forty Niner Gold Country Inn – 718 Main Street / Hwy 299, Weaverville, CA, 96093. (530)-623-4937.
  • Bigfoot Motel – 39039 California 299, Willow Creek, CA 95573. (530)-629-2142.
  • Red Hill Motel/Cabins – 50 Red Hill Road, Weaverville, CA 96093. (530)-623-4331.
  • Motel Trinity – 1270 Main Street, Weaverville, CA 96093, (877)-623-5454 or (530)-623-2129
  • The Willow Creek Motel – Willow Creek, (530) 629-2922.
  • Weaverville Victorian Inn – 2051 Main St, Weaverville, CA 96093. (530)-623-4432.
  • Del Loma Village Travel Park – 21720 Hwy 299, Big Bar, CA 96010. (530)-623-2834.
  • Trinity Canyon Lodge – 27025 Highway 299 West, Junction City, California 96048. (530)-623-6318.
  • Red Hill Motel/Cabins – 50 Red Hill Road, Weaverville, CA 96093. (530)-623-4331.
  • Coho Cottages – 76 Willow Road, Willow Creek, CA 95573. (800)-672-1511 or (530)-629-4000.
  • Trinity River Adventure Park – 31030 State Highway 299, Big Bar, California. (530)-623-3964.
  • Shasta-Trinity National Forest – Beautiful camping areas that reflect the diversity of the forest landscape, ranging widely from low to high elevation, lakeside to forested and primitive to developed.
  • Six Rivers National Forest – Beautiful camping areas that range widely from low to high elevation, riverside to forested, and primitive to developed.  Most of the campsites tend to be directed toward the more primitive camping experience

The Trinity Alps Wilderness, Trinity and Six Rivers National Forest surround the area, providing fishing, hiking, camping and swimming. Though the fastest access is via I5 and Hwy 299, the coastal route via Hwy 101 provides a change of scenery and Redwood state parks.