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California whitewater, Yuba River - South Fork

Nevada county, Washington to Edwards Crossing section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     14 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Truckee-Grass Valley, as you can see on the road map further down. The Washington to Edwards Crossing section of Yuba River - South Fork is 14 miles long and is a class IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. No need to look hard for hotels, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The nature scenery of California and the cool fresh water are
    reasons enough to come here and paddle. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in California is often tougher than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The
river winds through the Northern Sierra Nevada and you get great scenery. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so why not pack your camp stove too. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around  
here. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
This is a popular site for people from Washington, and some exciting geology is available here, Pleasant Point is right here. And if that's not sufficient there's loads more amusing things to do in the Northern Sierra Nevada. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Yuba River - South Fork; Lafayette Ridge Trail is a pleasant local trail. Empire Mine State Park is a good site to stop at, and nearby you locate glorious places like Missouri Canyon. Good hiking is available along the Humbug Trail, and sites like Malakoff Diggins State Park are fine to take a look at.

Yuba River - South Fork, Washington to Edwards Crossing 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 Yuba River - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 14 miles long (Washington to Edwards Crossing)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 4 miles long (Edwards Crossing to Purdon Crossing)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Sierra/ Nevada/ Yuba County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V - 22 miles long (Plumago Crossing to Route 49)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 8.5 miles long (Goodyears Bar Bridge to Highway 49 Bridge)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Purdon's Crossing to Route 49)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 12 miles away
      Class II-V - 4 miles long (Downieville to Goodyears Bar Bridge)
Bear River, Nevada / Placer County, 12 miles away
      Class II-V - 11 miles long (Highway 174 Bridge to Lake Combie)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 14.5 miles long (Euchre Bar to Colfax-Iowa Hill Road)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.8 miles long (Colfax-Iowa Hill Road to Colfax-Foresthill Road Bridge)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Nevada/ Yuba County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.5 miles long (Route 49 to North Fork Yuba)
 Ski Areas Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 35 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 37 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 38 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 39 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 43 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 45 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 46 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Granlibakken, California , 52 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Homewood, California , 52 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 53 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
 Hotels Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Deer Creek Inn, Nevada City , 3 miles away
Nevada City Inn, Nevada City , 11 miles away
BEST WESTERN Gold Country Inn, Grass Valley , 12 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites GOLD MINERS INN-GRASS VALLEY, Grass Valley , 14 miles away
Grass Valley Courtyard Suites, Grass Valley , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Shonter Hill Campground, Nevada County, 2 miles away
Chute Hill Campground, Nevada County, 2 miles away
White Cloud - Tahoe National Forest, Nevada City, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Humbug Trail, Nevada , 3 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 1041 feet elevation difference
Lafayette Ridge Trail, Sierra , 5 miles away, 4 hiking miles, 1583 feet elevation difference
South Yuba Trail, Nevada , 6 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 929 feet elevation difference
Bayes Cabin Road, Nevada , 9 miles away,  3.4 hiking miles, 1568 feet elevation difference
Halls Ranch Trail, Sierra , 11 miles away, 6.3 hiking miles, 2105 feet elevation difference
Bedbug Smith Trail, Sierra , 11 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 1927 feet elevation difference
Green Valley Trail, Placer , 12 miles away, 2.8 hiking miles, 2371 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Malakoff Diggins State Park, California , 2 miles away
Empire Mine State Park, California , 13 miles away
Auburn State Park, California , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Nevada County Country Club, Grass Valley , 13 miles away
Quail Valley Golf Course, Grass Valley , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Yuba River - South Fork
Herring Reservoir, Nevada , 10 miles away
Lake Vera, Nevada , 10 miles away
Rucker Lake, Nevada , 16 miles away

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