When it comes to the best one-day whitewater rafting trip in California, the Middle Fork American River stands above the rest. This declaration comes from whitewater pioneer, OARS, which has led rafting trips in California, and all over the Western U.S., since 1969.
Based in Lotus near the American River, kayak and swift water rescue instructor Gigi McBee has been on a campaign to keep herself and other paddlers safe on the river for over 20 years. Through commitment and hard work she has become a role model and an inspiration, making many in the kayak community safer in whitewater.
Believe or not, there might just be more than 300 individual, wholly runnable sections of whitewater in the state; some of them magazine-cover, pool-drop classics the likes of which are found in few places anywhere in the world.
AT THE WESTERN EDGE OF THE SIERRA FOOTHILLS, in the heart of Gold Country, Auburn State Recreation Area protects 48 miles of the North and Middle Forks of the American River and 30,000 acres of riparian, chaparral and coniferous habitats.
Droughts. They’re rough. They cause all sorts of trouble, but don’t jump to too many conclusions. Many people assume that a drought means no rafting, but that’s not the case in California. Despite what you’d think, there are still plenty of incredible rafting options even when Mother Nature leaves us pretty high and dry. In normal snowpack years, rafting outfitters do offer trips on a wider variety of rivers, but even in a drought there is rafting fun to be had in the Golden State.
A kayak doubles as a lunch buffet.
Six Rivers National Forest, Siskiyou County – Six taut inflatable rafts in bright, kindergarten blues and yellows lined the banks of California’s Salmon River, often referred to as the Cal Salmon to distinguish it from the more famous but less challenging river of the same name in Idaho. Contusion, the first batch of Class III-IV rapids boiled a thousand yards down stream. Helmets on, life preservers cinched tight, our paddling skills reviewed and tested, we pushed off into smooth blue-green water.
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A record amount of snow this winter isn’t holding back the renowned Lost & Found Gravel Festival – the show goes ON Saturday, June 3!
Race organizers have re-routed the course to stay out of the snow, keeping distances and elevation gain nearly the same. Nicely done Lost & Found 👏
Entries are still available but selling fast … so be sure to snag your spot at the start. Wildflowers will be going off, enhancing the phenomenal beauty of the Lost Sierra backcountry. You don’t want to miss this race and the weekend’s fabulous festivities!
Proceeds benefit Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship's Lost Sierra Route, connecting 15 mountain communities to promote economic prosperity through recreation.
Learn more about the Lost & Found Gravel Festival at the 🔗 in our bio!
📸 Lead image by John Watson.
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Jump into our latest issue for the lowdown on an exceptional adventure that checks all the boxes!
Leonie Sherman takes us to Secret Canyon outside of Las Vegas for a day filled with world class canyoneering, packrafting, climbing, and hiking … all capped off by a hot springs soak and vegan Thai food.
Read all about it at the 🔗 in our bio.
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Mountain bikers rejoice! More epic riding is in the works linking mtb-favorite Downieville with the communities of Forest and Goodyears Bar in the Sierra Nevada.
Kurt Gensheimer lays out all the sweet dirt on the Mexican Mine trail project in his article in our current issue (🔗 in bio).
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FREE THE SALMON
Tribes along the Klamath River prepare to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Salmon Run happening May 18 - 21. 🏃🏾♂️
After years of campaigning, this is the last year all four of the dams of the Lower Klamath will be standing, as deconstruction of the Copco 2 dam is already underway.
Learn more about the run and the upcoming dam removals in our latest issue. Or check it out via the link in our bio (🔗 ⬆️).
📸 Charles Wickman / Mid Klamath Watershed Council
Michael Weir / Cal Trout
There's big water flowing all over California, including the Kern. Be safe out there! 🌊
This is a good time to brush up on wilderness first aid and outdoor safety training — @survivalmedonline is offering 20% off all Survival Med courses. Use the code SPIRIT at checkout. ⛑️
📸 Anthea Raymond...
Have you ever thought of hiking the PCT? 🥾
Our latest issue has the first of five stories in a series by Matt Johanson who has been sectioning the PCT for the past twenty plus years.
Matt recently took a one-year leave from teaching at Castro Valley High School to complete the remaining 2,250 miles.
Lucky for Matt, his wife Karen has encouraged him to live his dream and has been providing support along the way.
📸 Matt is pictured here with his wife Karen, and their two dogs Sam and Elliot.
You can read his story "Sierra Splendor" via the link in our bio (🔗💕).
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We had the chance to meet Nevada Native runner Ku Stevens and his family during the Remembrance Run. We were so inspired by their story, we had Ku on the cover of our Fall 2022 issue.
@schh_films is doing a documentary on Ku's story and that of other Indigenous families who have been impacted by Indian Boarding Schools.
Please take a second to vote for the film Remaining Native.
Your vote will help determine which project will receive the $45,000 Audience Award. These funds are crucial in being able to finish this film!
You can only vote once, so please grab a friend and share this important story!
Voting ends May 11th. Click the link in our bio (🔗🧡) to vote or copy and past the URL below. Voting only takes a second.