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California whitewater, Merced River - North Fork

Mariposa county, Greeley Hill Road to Merced confluence section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V(V+)     17 miles
  The Greeley Hill Road to Merced confluence section of Merced River - North Fork is 17 miles long and it is classified as a class IV-V(V+) section by American Whitewater. The put-in location is a short drive from Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The
    nature scenery of Mariposa County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside California you might find the rivers
here a bit more challenging, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The wild scenery of the Central Sierra Nevada is great. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. The Greeley Hill Road to Merced confluence stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get  
to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places.

Briefly about the general area:
You're sure to encounter some fine people from Midpines here; don't leave Merced River - North Fork without first going for a hike along the Pilot Ridge Trail. You just can't picture the amount of outdoors amusing stuff the Central Sierra Nevada has to offer. A tremendous site to stop by next to Merced River - North Fork is Gentry Gulch; there's glorious hiking along the Hite Cove Trail.

Merced River - North Fork, Greeley Hill Road to Merced confluence road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Merced River - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Merced River - North Fork:
Merced River - North Fork, Mariposa County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 17 miles long (Greeley Hill Road to Merced confluence)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 18 miles long (Lumsden Campground to Wards Ferry Bridge)
Tuolumne River - South Fork, Tuolumne County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Highway 120 to Rainbow Pool Picnic Area)
Clavey River, Tuolumne County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 20.8 miles long (Lower Bridge to Ward's Ferry)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 9 miles long (Cherry Creek to Meral's Pool)
Merced River, Mariposa County, 16 miles away
      Class IV - 17 miles long (Red Bud to Bagby Reservoir)
Merced River - South Fork, Mariposa County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.4 miles long (Snyder Gulch to Route 140 Bridge)
Clavey River, Tuolumne County, 17 miles away
      Class V+ - 8.5 miles long (Upper Bridge to Lower Bridge)
Merced River, Mariposa County, 18 miles away
      Class II-V - 29 miles long (El Portal to Route 49 at Lake McClure)
Chowchilla River, Madera County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Road 810 to Road 800)
 Ski Areas Near Merced River - North Fork:
Badger Pass, California , 27 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 29 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Bear Valley, California , 44 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Kirkwood, California , 55 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 61 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Sierra Summit, California , 66 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
June Mountain, California , 66 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Heavenly, California , 69 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 72 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
Homewood, California , 77 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
 Marinas Near Merced River - North Fork:
Lake McSwain Marina & Gallie, Snelling , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Merced River - North Fork:
Yosemite Bed And Breakfast, Mariposa , 12 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Mariposa Lodge, Mariposa , 12 miles away
Comfort Inn Yosemite Valley Gateway, Mariposa , 12 miles away
Best Western Plus Yosemite Way Station Motel, Mariposa , 12 miles away
Z-TO BE DELETED - Little Valle, Mariposa , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Merced River - North Fork:
Railroad Flat, Midpines, 4 miles away
Willow Placer, Midpines, 5 miles away
McCabe Flat, Midpines, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Merced River - North Fork:
Pilot Ridge Trail, Mariposa , 7 miles away, 2.1 hiking miles, 1023 feet elevation difference
Hite Cove Trail, Mariposa , 15 miles away,  14.4 hiking miles, 1185 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Merced River - North Fork:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 27 miles away
Stanislaus National Forest, California , 30 miles away
Columbia State Park, California , 31 miles away
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Merced River - North Fork:
Pine Mountain Lake Country Club, Groveland , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Merced River - North Fork
Pine Mountain Lake, Tuolumne , 14 miles away
Cherry Lake, Tuolumne , 19 miles away

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