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California whitewater, Mad River

Trinity county, North and South Fork confluence to Barry Creek Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     5.8 miles
  The nature scenery of Trinity County and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. Whitewater paddling here in the Coast Ranges is a great experience. There are campgrounds quite
    near the river where you can camp. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The North and South Fork confluence to Barry Creek Road stretch is one of a few paddling
stretches in this river system. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. The put-in is not too far from Ukiah, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The North and South Fork confluence to Barry Creek Road section of Mad River is 5.8 miles long and is a class III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature  
are great attractions for lots of people. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
There is a tremendous hiking trail in close proximity to Mad River called the Ben Arthur Trail, and while you're here why not stop by Secret Gulch. Life's too short to enjoy all the entertaining things in the Coast Ranges. On a pleasant day at Mad River you can take a hike along the Rough Gulch Trail. High temperatures at Mad River throughout the summer are in the 90's. For the duration of the dark hours of summer temperatures drop down into the 50's.

Mad River, North and South Fork confluence to Barry Creek Road 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 Mad River.
 Whitewater Near Mad River:
Mad River, Trinity County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 5.8 miles long (North and South Fork confluence to Barry Creek Road)
Eel River - North Fork, Trinity/ Mendocino County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 12 miles long (Salt Creek to Hulls Creek)
Eel River - North Fork, Trinity/ Mendocino County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 8 miles long (Hulls Creek to Mina Road)
Trinity River - South Fork, Trinity County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8 miles long (Downstream from Forest Glen)
Van Duzen River, Trinity County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 7.2 miles long (West Fork to Senteney Creek)
Mad River, Trinity/ Humboldt County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.2 miles long (Ruth Reservoir to Forest Service Road 5 miles below Highway 36)
Trinity River - South Fork, Trinity/ Humboldt County, 16 miles away
      Class II-V - 64.6 miles long (East Fork to low bridge off South Fork Road)
Hayfork Creek, Trinity County, 19 miles away
      Class III - 3.5 miles long (Above Highway 36 to Highway 36)
Hayfork Creek, Trinity County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V - 21 miles long (3 miles West of Hayfork to Hyampom)
Hayfork Creek, Trinity County, 21 miles away
      Class III-V - 12.7 miles long (Gemmil Gulch Picnic Ground to Carr Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Mad River:
Mount Shasta, California , 94 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Mad River:
Benbow Inn, Garberville , 37 miles away
Humboldt Redwoods Inn, Garberville , 37 miles away
Best Western Plus Humboldt House Inn, Garberville , 37 miles away
Motel Garberville, Garberville , 37 miles away
Lewiston Hotel, Lewiston , 42 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Mad River:
Barlow Group, Zenia, 8 miles away
Hobart Creek, Zenia, 10 miles away
Fern Campground, Trinity County, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Mad River:
Rough Gulch Trail, Trinity , 5 miles away,  8 hiking miles, 4155 feet elevation difference
Ben Arthur Trail, Trinity , 7 miles away, 7.1 hiking miles, 1839 feet elevation difference
Ruth Hayfork Trail, Trinity , 8 miles away, 6.6 hiking miles, 2939 feet elevation difference
Willow Trail, Trinity , 9 miles away,  10 hiking miles, 1081 feet elevation difference
Ben Duncan Mailbox Trail, Trinity , 9 miles away, 3.7 hiking miles, 1303 feet elevation difference
Waterspout Trail, Trinity , 10 miles away, 5.6 hiking miles, 2078 feet elevation difference
Morrison Trail, Trinity , 10 miles away,  10.2 hiking miles, 875 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Mad River:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 53 miles away
Weaverville Joss House State Park, California , 36 miles away
Standish-Hickey State Recreational Area, California , 37 miles away
Benbow Lake State Park, California , 37 miles away

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