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.
After take-out at Hawkins Bar, we will return to Burnt Ranch Gorge Campground to spend the night. You will be served dinner in the evening and breakfast the following morning by your awesome river guides.
We can also offer this trip at a slower pace that might be better suited to some. The first part of the trip is run down to the trail that comes up to Burnt Ranch Campground and is above “Falls” (first Class V rapids encountered). The rafting equipment is left in the canyon. We hike back next morning after breakfast to tackle the most challenging section of the Gorge.