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California whitewater, Trinity River

Trinity county, Cedar Flat to Hawkins Bar section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     10 miles
You gotta run this section of the trinity. All can be portaged except the bottom drop of number 3. Says Lou

The starting location is a short drive from Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The nature scenery of California and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors
    are great attractions for lots of people. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. You
can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. This stretch of Trinity River is 10 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class IV-V section of whitewater. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. Whitewater paddling here in the Coast Ranges is a great experience. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging  
than the national average, so better not forget that many runs in this state are not easy. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of places for that. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
A journey to Burnt Ranch Falls will fill your spirit with great feelings; if you're popping by from Salyer, you won't be the only one. And if that's not enough there's lots more enjoyable stuff to do in the Coast Ranges. If the weather is good here at Trinity River, you can go for a hike along the Grouse Creek Tractor Trail, and do put some time aside to spend at Gray Falls since you're here at Trinity River.

Trinity River, Cedar Flat to Hawkins Bar 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 Trinity River.
 Whitewater Near Trinity River:
Trinity River, Trinity County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 10 miles long (Cedar Flat to Hawkins Bar)
Trinity River, Trinity/ Humboldt County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 39 miles long (Hawkins Bar to Weitchpec)
Whitewater Outfitter - Bigfoot Rafting, Humboldt County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
New River, Trinity County, 12 miles away
      Class III-V - 19.8 miles long (E Fork confluence to Trinity River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Trinity River Rafting, Trinity County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Hayfork Creek, Trinity County, 20 miles away
      Class III-V - 12.7 miles long (Gemmil Gulch Picnic Ground to Carr Creek)
Redwood Creek, Humboldt County, 22 miles away
      Class II - 5.4 miles long (Highway 299 to Bair Road)
Hayfork Creek, Trinity County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V - 21 miles long (3 miles West of Hayfork to Hyampom)
Trinity River - South Fork, Trinity/ Humboldt County, 23 miles away
      Class II-V - 64.6 miles long (East Fork to low bridge off South Fork Road)
Trinity River - North Fork, Trinity County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V - 14 miles long (Hobo Gulch to Bridge 1 mile above mouth)
 Ski Areas Near Trinity River:
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 85 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
Mount Shasta, California , 92 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Trinity River:
Comfort Inn Arcata-Humboldt Area, Arcata , 41 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Arcata, Arcata , 41 miles away
Red Roof Inn Arcata, Arcata , 41 miles away
Hampton Inn And Suites Arcata, Arcata , 41 miles away
Best Western Arcata Inn, Arcata , 41 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Trinity River:
Burnt Ranch, Burnt Ranch, 0 miles away
Gray Falls Campground, Trinity County, 1 miles away
Happy Camp Campground, Humboldt County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Trinity River:
Grouse Creek Tractor Trail, Humboldt , 11 miles away, 2.9 hiking miles, 2606 feet elevation difference
Dan East Trail, Humboldt , 12 miles away, 1.6 hiking miles, 2406 feet elevation difference
Grouse Creek Tractor Way, Humboldt , 13 miles away, 0.8 hiking miles, 896 feet elevation difference
Blake Trail, Humboldt , 14 miles away, 4.5 hiking miles, 3420 feet elevation difference
County Line Trail, Humboldt , 15 miles away, 2.7 hiking miles, 3397 feet elevation difference
Pilot Ridge Trail, Humboldt , 16 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 735 feet elevation difference
Horse Ridge National Scenic Trail, Humboldt , 16 miles away,  24.4 hiking miles, 2221 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Trinity River:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 62 miles away
Redwood National and State Parks, Crescent City - CA , 68 miles away
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, California , 34 miles away
Weaverville Joss House State Park, California , 38 miles away
Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California , 40 miles away
 Lakes Near Trinity River
Red Cap Lake, Humboldt , 19 miles away

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