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Rogue River Trips

Trinity River – 2 Day Burnt Ranch Gorge Rafting Trip

Big Bar, CA /

  • $369 – all ages
  • $369 – all ages

2021 Dates not yet determined (Based on dam release schedule) please contact us to get up to date in for the mighty BRG!

Rare Class 5 summer run

Normally the 2 day raft trip on Burnt Ranch Gorge will run the entire Gorge twice in 2 days. You get the same adventure twice! This is not a novice run and previous rafting experience is required. Strong swimming skills are also a must and a Class V swim test may be administered at the put-in Day 1.

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


When 1 day just isn’t enough!

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.


Exact Meeting Location varies, but is usually in the town of Big Bar.

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.