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California whitewater, Tuolumne River - South Fork

Tuolumne county, Highway 120 to Rainbow Pool Picnic Area section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     7 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. If you're coming from Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This section of Tuolumne River - South Fork in California is 7 miles long and it is classified as a class IV-V section by
    American Whitewater. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, and if you make reservations in advance you're
all set. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. There's camping available near Tuolumne River - South Fork. This stretch is mid length, suitable for an afternoon trip. When you're paddling down a Central Sierra Nevada river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. The natural beauty of California and the playfulness of the water attract people  
from near and far. The Highway 120 to Rainbow Pool Picnic Area section is one of many paddling sections in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
There are perfect places to look at along the Pilot Ridge Trail, and you're sure to bump into some great people from Groveland here. This location, the Central Sierra Nevada, has so much outdoors cool stuff. Go for a hike on the Hite Cove Trail. For the duration of the summer months at Tuolumne River - South Fork temperatures are usually in the 90's, and throughout the night it cools down to the 50's. For the duration of the winter highs are in the 50's while the cold winter nights at Tuolumne River - South Fork are in the 30's.

Tuolumne River - South Fork, Highway 120 to Rainbow Pool Picnic Area 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 - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Tuolumne River - South Fork:
Tuolumne River - South Fork, Tuolumne County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Highway 120 to Rainbow Pool Picnic Area)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 9 miles long (Cherry Creek to Meral's Pool)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 18 miles long (Lumsden Campground to Wards Ferry Bridge)
Merced River - North Fork, Mariposa County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 17 miles long (Greeley Hill Road to Merced confluence)
Clavey River, Tuolumne County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 20.8 miles long (Lower Bridge to Ward's Ferry)
Clavey River, Tuolumne County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 8.5 miles long (Upper Bridge to Lower Bridge)
Merced River, Mariposa County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 17 miles long (Red Bud to Bagby Reservoir)
Merced River, Mariposa County, 15 miles away
      Class II-V - 29 miles long (El Portal to Route 49 at Lake McClure)
Merced River - South Fork, Mariposa County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.4 miles long (Snyder Gulch to Route 140 Bridge)
Cherry Creek - West Fork, Tuolumne County, 16 miles away
      Class V+ - 9.5 miles long (Bourland Meadow to Cherry Lake)
 Ski Areas Near Tuolumne River - South Fork:
Dodge Ridge, California , 20 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Badger Pass, California , 23 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Bear Valley, California , 37 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Kirkwood, California , 48 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 54 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
June Mountain, California , 61 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Heavenly, California , 61 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
Sierra Summit, California , 64 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 67 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
Homewood, California , 70 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
 Hotels Near Tuolumne River - South Fork:
Yosemite Bed And Breakfast, Mariposa , 18 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Mariposa Lodge, Mariposa , 18 miles away
Comfort Inn Yosemite Valley Gateway, Mariposa , 18 miles away
Best Western Plus Yosemite Way Station Motel, Mariposa , 19 miles away
Z-TO BE DELETED - Little Valle, Mariposa , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tuolumne River - South Fork:
Harden Flat Road Dispersed, Groveland, 2 miles away
Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging, Groveland, 2 miles away
Berkeley-Tuolumne Campground, Tuolumne County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Tuolumne River - South Fork:
Pilot Ridge Trail, Mariposa , 4 miles away, 2.1 hiking miles, 1023 feet elevation difference
Hite Cove Trail, Mariposa , 14 miles away,  14.4 hiking miles, 1185 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Tuolumne River - South Fork:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 25 miles away
Stanislaus National Forest, California , 21 miles away
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California , 32 miles away
Columbia State Park, California , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tuolumne River - South Fork:
Pine Mountain Lake Country Club, Groveland , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Tuolumne River - South Fork
Cherry Lake, Tuolumne , 9 miles away
Pine Mountain Lake, Tuolumne , 17 miles away

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