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California whitewater, Cherry Creek - West Fork

Tuolumne county, Bourland Meadow to Cherry Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     9.5 miles
  The wonderful California scenery and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. This stretch of Cherry Creek - West Fork is 9.5 miles long and is a class V+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The starting location is a reasonable
    drive from Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. There are a few other stretches in this river
system that can be paddled as well. The beauty of the Central Sierra Nevada is a great plus for this river. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California are harder than the national  
norm, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

Briefly about the general area:
You can never get enough of the delightful skiing at Dodge Ridge It's always delightful to take a look at Shingle Spring. If you want a delightful time in the great outdoors just come on up to the Central Sierra Nevada. Don't leave Cherry Creek - West Fork without visiting Stanislaus National Forest; Cherry Creek Canyon is a magnificent site to spend some time. Lots of fun awaits you along this river.

Cherry Creek - West Fork, Bourland Meadow to Cherry Lake road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Cherry Creek - West Fork.
 Whitewater Near Cherry Creek - West Fork:
Cherry Creek - West Fork, Tuolumne County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 9.5 miles long (Bourland Meadow to Cherry Lake)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 9 miles long (Cherry Creek to Meral's Pool)
Clavey River, Tuolumne County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 8.5 miles long (Upper Bridge to Lower Bridge)
Tuolumne River - South Fork, Tuolumne County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Highway 120 to Rainbow Pool Picnic Area)
Stanislaus River - South Fork, Tuolumne County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Highway 108 Bridge to Lyons Reservoir)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 18 miles long (Lumsden Campground to Wards Ferry Bridge)
Clavey River, Tuolumne County, 14 miles away
      Class V+ - 20.8 miles long (Lower Bridge to Ward's Ferry)
Stanislaus River - Middle Fork, Tuolumne County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13 miles long (Baker Campground to Donnells Lake)
Merced River - North Fork, Mariposa County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 17 miles long (Greeley Hill Road to Merced confluence)
Stanislaus River - Middle Fork, Tuolumne County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 14 miles long (Sand Bar Flat Dam to Camp 9 Powerhouse)
 Ski Areas Near Cherry Creek - West Fork:
Dodge Ridge, California , 9 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Badger Pass, California , 26 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Bear Valley, California , 27 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Kirkwood, California , 37 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 43 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Heavenly, California , 49 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
June Mountain, California , 58 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Homewood, California , 60 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Granlibakken, California , 63 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 65 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
 Marinas Near Cherry Creek - West Fork:
Pinecrest Lake Marina, Pinecrest , 10 miles away
 Hotels Near Cherry Creek - West Fork:
Lazy Z Resort, Twain Harte , 25 miles away
Yosemite Lodge, Yosemite National Park , 26 miles away
Curry Village, Yosemite National Park , 27 miles away
Housekeeping Camp, Yosemite National Park , 27 miles away
The Ahwahnee, Yosemite National Park , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cherry Creek - West Fork:
Cherry Valley Campground, Tuolumne County, 3 miles away
Emigrant Wilderness - Camp Lake, Strawberry, 7 miles away
Pine Valley Horse Camp, Strawberry, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Cherry Creek - West Fork:
Pilot Ridge Trail, Mariposa , 15 miles away, 2.1 hiking miles, 1023 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Cherry Creek - West Fork:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 30 miles away
Stanislaus National Forest, California , 8 miles away
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California , 28 miles away
Echo Canyon State Park, Nevada , 29 miles away
 Lakes Near Cherry Creek - West Fork
Cherry Lake, Tuolumne , 4 miles away
Pinecrest Lake, Tuolumne , 11 miles away
Herring Creek Reservoir, Tuolumne , 11 miles away

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