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California whitewater, Trace Creek

Siskiyou county, Bear Pen Creek to Klamath River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     7 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Grants Pass, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California tend to be more challenging than the national average, so you'd better keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find
    lots of paddling spots. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but
you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The wonderful Siskiyou County scenery and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This section of Trace Creek in Siskiyou County is 7 miles  
long and is a class IV-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. When you're paddling down a Klamath Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too.

Briefly about the general area:
Trace Creek is right by the Clear Creek National Recreation Trail; a delightful place like Klamath National Forest is too pleasant to leave out. Man, is there heaps of amusing things to do in the Klamath Mountains. While you're here at Trace Creek you will meet lots of folks from nearby Happy Camp. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 80's to Trace Creek, and during the night it cools down to the 40's.

Trace Creek, Bear Pen Creek to Klamath River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Trace Creek.
 Whitewater Near Trace Creek:
Trace Creek, Siskiyou County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Bear Pen Creek to Klamath River)
Klamath River, Siskiyou County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 22 miles long (Coon Creek to Ishi Pishi Falls)
Klamath River, Siskiyou County, 11 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 18 miles long (Happy Camp to Coon Creek)
Elk Creek, Siskiyou County, 11 miles away
      Class I-IV - 5 miles long (Elk Creek Road to Klamath River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Klamath River Outfitters, Siskiyou County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Indian Creek Klamath Tributary, Siskiyou County, 12 miles away
      Class III - 7.6 miles long (confluence South and East Fork to Klamath River)
Klamath River, Humboldt County, 18 miles away
      Class III-V - 8 miles long (Ishi Pishi Bridge to Orleans)
Smith River - Middle Fork, Del Norte County, 19 miles away
      Class II-V - 22 miles long (6 Miles Above Patrick Creek to South Fork Road)
Wooley Creek, Siskiyou County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13 miles long (North Fork confluence to Salmon River)
Hurdygurdy Creek, Del Norte County, 21 miles away
      Class V - 7.7 miles long (Bear Basin Road to Big Flat Road)
 Ski Areas Near Trace Creek:
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 60 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
Mount Shasta, California , 94 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Trace Creek:
Chateau At The Oregon Caves Na, Cave Junction , 22 miles away
Holiday Inn Express KLAMATH - REDWOOD NTL PK AREA, Klamath , 37 miles away
Best Western Grants Pass Inn, Grants Pass , 40 miles away
Holiday Inn Express GRANTS PASS, Grants Pass , 40 miles away
Grants Pass Travelodge, Grants Pass , 40 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Trace Creek:
Pick-aw-Ish Campground, Siskiyou County, 5 miles away
Dillion Creek Campground, Siskiyou County, 8 miles away
Curley Jack Campground, Siskiyou County, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Trace Creek:
Clear Creek National Recreation Trail, Siskiyou , 7 miles away,  34.8 hiking miles, 3925 feet elevation difference
Bolan Lake Trail, Josephine , 16 miles away, 1.9 hiking miles, 563 feet elevation difference
Althouse Trail, Josephine , 16 miles away, 1.1 hiking miles, 369 feet elevation difference
Boundary Trail, Josephine , 18 miles away, 8.6 hiking miles, 1741 feet elevation difference
Sucker Creek Trail, Josephine , 18 miles away,  8.2 hiking miles, 1978 feet elevation difference
East Fork Sucker Creek Trail, Josephine , 19 miles away, 6.4 hiking miles, 3375 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Trace Creek:
Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction - OR , 22 miles away
Redwood National and State Parks, Crescent City - CA , 44 miles away
Klamath National Forest, California , 15 miles away
Six Rivers National Forest, California , 23 miles away
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Trace Creek:
Elk Valley Rancheria, Crescent City , 20 miles away

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