The Middle Fork American River is set in a beautiful, rugged wilderness canyon in the Gold Country foothills. It has a very remote feel despite being close to Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. There are a couple of very memorable rapids on this run, the first being “Tunnel Chute”. This a man made, dynamited narrow chute with steep rocky walls. This leads to a big 6-foot drop and then through a 90-foot long rock tunnel! All this just 2.5 miles from put-in. Due to changes in this rapid during high water in spring 2017, the Chute is scouted on all trips and clients have the opportunity to walk around.
The formidable Ruck-A-Chucky Falls after lunch will provide plenty of entertainment. This Class 5-6 boulder slalom is a mandatory portage for clients – sorry no dollar amount can change that. We hike you up above the rapid and you can watch your brave and talented crew bring the rafts through. Once back on the raft there are numerous Class 4 rapids to follow.