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California whitewater, Yosemite Creek

Mariposa county, Tioga Pass Road to Yosemite Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     8 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Madera, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in California are often tougher than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The Tioga Pass Road to Yosemite Falls section of Yosemite Creek in Mariposa County is 8 miles long
    and has been rated as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people
coming here. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots. The nature scenery of Mariposa County and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. There are some good hotels near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.  
This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. The wild scenery of the Central Sierra Nevada is great.

Briefly about the general area:
If the weather is nice here at Yosemite Creek, you can go for a hike along the Hetch Hetchy Trail. If time allows, Yosemite National Park is a national park worth checking out. On a fine day at Yosemite Creek you can take a hike along the North Dome Trail; Badger Pass has splendid slopes and a friendly staff. This river has so much to offer. Throughout the warmest time of the year at Yosemite Creek highs are generally in the 80's, and throughout the night it cools down to the 50's.

Yosemite Creek, Tioga Pass Road to Yosemite Falls 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 Yosemite Creek.
 Whitewater Near Yosemite Creek:
Yosemite Creek, Mariposa County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8 miles long (Tioga Pass Road to Yosemite Falls)
Merced River, Mariposa County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 4.8 miles long (Routes 120-140 Junction to Arch Rock Entrance Station)
Tenaya Creek, Mariposa County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Super Slide)
Merced River, Mariposa County, 16 miles away
      Class II-V - 29 miles long (El Portal to Route 49 at Lake McClure)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 32 miles long (Tioga Road Bridge to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir)
Big Creek, Mariposa County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 1 miles long (Chowchilla Mountain Road to South Fork Merced River)
Merced River - South Fork, Mariposa County, 17 miles away
      Class V+ - 16 miles long (Upper)
Merced River, Mariposa County, 18 miles away
      Class IV - 17 miles long (Red Bud to Bagby Reservoir)
Merced River - South Fork, Mariposa County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.4 miles long (Snyder Gulch to Route 140 Bridge)
Tuolumne River - South Fork, Tuolumne County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Highway 120 to Rainbow Pool Picnic Area)
 Ski Areas Near Yosemite Creek:
Badger Pass, California , 10 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 33 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 , 41 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
Sierra Summit, California , 43 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Bear Valley, California , 49 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Kirkwood, California , 58 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 64 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Heavenly, California , 66 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
Homewood, California , 81 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
 Hotels Near Yosemite Creek:
Tin Lizzie Inn At Yosemite, Fish Camp , 18 miles away
Tenaya Lodge, Fish Camp , 18 miles away
Sierra Sky Ranch, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Oakhurst , 24 miles away
Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn, Oakhurst , 26 miles away
Comfort Inn Yosemite Area, Oakhurst , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yosemite Creek:
Porcupine Flat Campground, Mariposa County, 1 miles away
Yosemite National Park - Porcupine Flat, Yosemite National Park, 1 miles away
Yosemite National Park - Yosemite Creek, Yosemite National Park, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Yosemite Creek:
Hetch Hetchy Trail, Mariposa , 2 miles away, 7.7 hiking miles, 3804 feet elevation difference
North Dome Trail, Mariposa , 2 miles away, 14.4 hiking miles, 4985 feet elevation difference
Eagle Peak Trail, Mariposa , 2 miles away,  9.4 hiking miles, 3939 feet elevation difference
Yosemite Falls Trail, Mariposa , 3 miles away,  9.4 hiking miles, 3958 feet elevation difference
Tenaya Lake And Tuolumne Meadows Trail, Mariposa , 4 miles away,  10.8 hiking miles, 910 feet elevation difference
Four Mile Trail, Mariposa , 4 miles away, 3.7 hiking miles, 3869 feet elevation difference
Ten Lakes Trail, Mariposa , 5 miles away, 16.9 hiking miles, 2769 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Yosemite Creek:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 13 miles away
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 60 miles away
Stanislaus National Forest, California , 31 miles away
Sierra National Forest, California , 32 miles away
Echo Canyon State Park, Nevada , 32 miles away
 Lakes Near Yosemite Creek
Tenaya Lake, Mariposa , 9 miles away
Givens Lake, Madera , 15 miles away
Reymann Lake, Mariposa , 16 miles away

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