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Trinity River – 1 Day Burnt Ranch Gorge Rafting Trip

Big Bar, CA /


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Rare Class 5 summer run

Burnt Ranch Gorge whitewater rafting trips are Class 5 and requires previous Class 4+ experience, and excellent swimming skills.

We typically meet at the Burnt Ranch Gorge campground and shuttle up to the Cedar Flat access area where you will be required to show your readiness for this trip with a swim test.

This is an epic and well sought after white water rafting trip for return and experienced rafters. This is a challenging Class 4 rafting trip and is not for beginners. We have top notch guides who are the best in the industry with years of experience. Many of our guides like to kayak this river section and can appreciate its beauty and understand the consequences.

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


A must do run for Experienced Paddlers!

The action on Burnt Ranch Gorge is swift and intense, with the Trinity River dropping 200 feet a mile in parts and there are five Class 4-4+ rapids in the first 2.5 miles. Rapids like China Slide, Pearly Gates, Tight Squeeze have 8′-10′ drops and narrow chutes just barely wide enough for the raft to slip through!

Now things get really tough. Then two Class 5 rapids (Upper Burnt Ranch AKA Jaws and Middle Burnt Ranch Falls) must be negotiated before any escape is possible. Just after Middle Burnt Ranch Falls, a steep trail heads up the canyon leading to Burnt Ranch Campground and the highway. The most difficult rapids in the canyon are yet to come with the Class 5 rapids of Lower Burnt Ranch Falls, Hennessy Falls, Origami, Table Rock and Gray’s Fall in a 3 mile stretch.

Following all this action, you get a welcome break, can swim the rapids, celebrate what you have just survived and relax before the take-out at Hawkins Bar.


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

Near Big Bar, CA

Truckee Trips end August 1st

Don't worry, We're not gonna do what everyboy thinks we're gonna do and freak out man... All we wanna know is, who's coming with us... to the American river that is.