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California whitewater, West Walker River

Mono county, Leavitt Station Trailhead to Pickel Meadow section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     2.3 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Gardnerville Ranchos, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in California is often tougher than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. This stretch of West Walker River in California is 2.3 miles long and is a class IV-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. This
    is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. You can pitch a tent or park your
RV at a nearby campground. The wonderful Mono County scenery and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. The Central Sierra Nevada scenery is wonderful. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This stretch is short so no need to bring snacks. Since you're on this site you are probably into  
whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places.

Briefly about the general area:
Everybody loves Echo Canyon State Park, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Lost Canyon Trail. Yep, outdoors fun stuff truly is abundant here in the Central Sierra Nevada. A visit to Silver Falls will fill your spirit with great feelings. The Early Emigrant and Indian Trail offers hiking at its best, and West Walker River is a place with many visitors from Coleville. High temperatures at West Walker River throughout the summer are in the 80's.

West Walker River, Leavitt Station Trailhead to Pickel Meadow 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 West Walker River.
 Whitewater Near West Walker River:
West Walker River, Mono County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.3 miles long (Leavitt Station Trailhead to Pickel Meadow)
West Walker River, Mono County, 6 miles away
      Class III-V - 11 miles long (Highway 395 Bridge to Walker)
Stanislaus River - Middle Fork, Tuolumne County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13 miles long (Baker Campground to Donnells Lake)
Carson River - East Fork, Alpine County, 20 miles away
      Class III - 7.3 miles long (Cave Rock to Hangman's Bridge)
Carson River - East Fork, Alpine County, 25 miles away
      Class II - 20 miles long (Hangman's Bridge to CA-NV border)
Carson River - East Fork, Alpine County, 25 miles away
      Class II - 20 miles long (Hangman's Bridge to Gardnerville)
Yosemite Creek, Mariposa County, 27 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8 miles long (Tioga Pass Road to Yosemite Falls)
Cherry Creek - West Fork, Tuolumne County, 27 miles away
      Class V+ - 9.5 miles long (Bourland Meadow to Cherry Lake)
Mokelumne River - North Fork, Alpine/ Amador/ Calaveras County, 28 miles away
      Class V+ - 24.9 miles long (Route 4 Bridge to Salt Springs Reservoir)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 28 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 32 miles long (Tioga Road Bridge to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near West Walker River:
Dodge Ridge, California , 30 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Bear Valley, California , 36 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Badger Pass, California , 38 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Kirkwood, California , 41 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Heavenly, California , 43 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
June Mountain, California , 44 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 45 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 53 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
Diamond Peak, Nevada , 56 miles away, 1840 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Rose, Nevada , 59 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 60 runs
 Marinas Near West Walker River:
Topaz Landing & Marina-Rv Park, Gardnerville , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near West Walker River:
Bridgeport Inn, Bridgeport , 16 miles away
Super 8 Gardnerville Topaz Lake, Gardnerville , 19 miles away
Best Western Topaz Lake Inn, Gardnerville , 20 miles away
Yosemite Gateway Motel, Lee Vining , 35 miles away
Carson Valley Inn, Minden , 37 miles away
 Campgrounds Near West Walker River:
Leavitt Meadows Campground, Mono County, 1 miles away
Sonora Bridge Campground, Mono County, 4 miles away
Meadowcliff Lodge & RV Resort, Coleville, 6 miles away
 Trails Near West Walker River:
Early Emigrant and Indian Trail, Mono , 3 miles away, 7.6 hiking miles, 2323 feet elevation difference
Lost Canyon Trail, Mono , 9 miles away, 9.9 hiking miles, 3648 feet elevation difference
Silver King Trail, Alpine , 9 miles away,  23.6 hiking miles, 1976 feet elevation difference
Corral Valley Trail, Alpine , 9 miles away,  7.4 hiking miles, 756 feet elevation difference
Pacific Crest Trail - section 12, overlapping , 16 miles away, 67 hiking miles, 4061 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near West Walker River:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 42 miles away
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 69 miles away
Echo Canyon State Park, Nevada , 5 miles away
Stanislaus National Forest, California , 27 miles away
Grover Hot Springs State Park, California , 29 miles away
 Lakes Near West Walker River
Leavitt Lake, Mono , 7 miles away
Dorothy Lake, Tuolumne , 10 miles away
High Emigrant Lake, Tuolumne , 10 miles away

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