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California whitewater, Tuolumne River

Tuolumne county, Tioga Road Bridge to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     32 miles
  The Tioga Road Bridge to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir section of Tuolumne River is 32 miles long and is a class IV-V+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside California you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just
    being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. A section like this is is of course not run in a single day, perfect for a real wilderness adventure. The starting point is not too far from Phoenix Lake-Cedar
Ridge, as you can see on the road map further down. The wonderful California scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Whitewater paddling here in the Central Sierra Nevada is a great experience. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. 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. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Tioga Road Bridge to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir stretch is just one of many.

Briefly about the general area:
There is a great hiking trail next to Tuolumne River called the Ten Lakes Trail. Going for a hike on the Tenaya Lake And Tuolumne Meadows Trail is always a delightful adventure. Tuolumne River sees pretty high levels of precipitation. January is when you get the most rain here while July is the month with the least amount of precipitation.

Tuolumne River, Tioga Road Bridge to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir 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 Tuolumne River.
 Whitewater Near Tuolumne River:
Yosemite Creek, Mariposa County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8 miles long (Tioga Pass Road to Yosemite Falls)
Tenaya Creek, Mariposa County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Super Slide)
Merced River, Mariposa County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 4.8 miles long (Routes 120-140 Junction to Arch Rock Entrance Station)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 32 miles long (Tioga Road Bridge to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir)
Merced River, Mariposa County, 20 miles away
      Class II-V - 29 miles long (El Portal to Route 49 at Lake McClure)
Merced River - South Fork, Mariposa County, 21 miles away
      Class V+ - 16 miles long (Upper)
Merced River, Mariposa County, 22 miles away
      Class IV - 17 miles long (Red Bud to Bagby Reservoir)
Big Creek, Mariposa County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 1 miles long (Chowchilla Mountain Road to South Fork Merced River)
West Walker River, Mono County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.3 miles long (Leavitt Station Trailhead to Pickel Meadow)
Merced River - South Fork, Mariposa County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.4 miles long (Snyder Gulch to Route 140 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Tuolumne River:
Badger Pass, California , 15 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 31 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
June Mountain, California , 34 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 42 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
Bear Valley, California , 46 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Sierra Summit, California , 47 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Kirkwood, California , 54 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 60 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Heavenly, California , 61 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
Homewood, California , 76 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
 Hotels Near Tuolumne River:
Tin Lizzie Inn At Yosemite, Fish Camp , 24 miles away
Tenaya Lodge, Fish Camp , 24 miles away
Bridgeport Inn, Bridgeport , 27 miles away
Sierra Sky Ranch, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Oakhurst , 29 miles away
Yosemite Gateway Motel, Lee Vining , 31 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tuolumne River:
Yosemite National Park - Yosemite Creek, Yosemite National Park, 5 miles away
Porcupine Flat Campground, Mariposa County, 6 miles away
Yosemite National Park - Porcupine Flat, Yosemite National Park, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Tuolumne River:
Ten Lakes Trail, Mariposa , 2 miles away, 16.9 hiking miles, 2769 feet elevation difference
Tenaya Lake And Tuolumne Meadows Trail, Mariposa , 7 miles away,  10.8 hiking miles, 910 feet elevation difference
Hetch Hetchy Trail, Mariposa , 7 miles away, 7.7 hiking miles, 3804 feet elevation difference
North Dome Trail, Mariposa , 8 miles away, 14.4 hiking miles, 4985 feet elevation difference
Eagle Peak Trail, Mariposa , 8 miles away,  9.4 hiking miles, 3939 feet elevation difference
Yosemite Falls Trail, Mariposa , 9 miles away,  9.4 hiking miles, 3958 feet elevation difference
John Muir Trail - section 1, overlapping , 9 miles away, 18.5 hiking miles, 6931 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Tuolumne River:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 19 miles away
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 60 miles away
Echo Canyon State Park, Nevada , 26 miles away
Stanislaus National Forest, California , 28 miles away
Sierra National Forest, California , 35 miles away
 Lakes Near Tuolumne River
Tenaya Lake, Mariposa , 9 miles away
Tilden Lake, Tuolumne , 11 miles away
Dorothy Lake, Tuolumne , 14 miles away

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