The 2 day Forks of the Kern is the most difficult and remote run we offer, and one of the premier wilderness whitewater rafting trips in the USA.

This trip offers continuous Class IV-V whitewater for 17 miles with big rapids like Upper Freeman, Vortex, Gauntlet, Confusion, and Carson Falls. The spectacular Sierra Nevada scenery includes views of the Needles and the granite-lined gorge you’re traveling through as well as brief side hikes to waterfalls such as Freeman Falls, Peppermint Falls, and Dry Meadow Teacups. Gourmet outdoor meals are prepared by the guides at camp while you sit back and relax in one of the most beautiful canyons in California. With limited start dates and capacity it is essential to reserve in advance.

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Trip Overview


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2 Days

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Months of Operation:
April-August

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Pre-trip meeting the evening before at 7pm

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Trip ARRIVAL Time*: 6:30am
(What time you need to be here)

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Trip DEPARTURE Time: 7:00am
(What time the trip will take off)

*We suggest you arrive at the store 60-90 minutes prior to the trip departure time. This will allow sufficient time to check-in and change into wetsuits, if needed or required. Our trips must leave on schedule. If you have a group over 20 or are getting wetsuits, please arrive 45 minutes to one hour prior. Don’t miss the boat!

*All our trips may be adjusted based on water levels and/or other conditions.

Requirements


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Must be at least 16 years old

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Must weigh between 100-265 lbs.

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Appropriate footwear: Tennis shoes, water shoes, or sandals with heel strap. NO FLIP-FLOPS OR BARE FEET!

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Must be physically fit and able to do the 3-mile hike in

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Must be able to swim and be comfortable in moving water

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Must have prior Class 4 rafting experience

What to Bring


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Water bottle – hydration is essential

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Hat – a baseball hat, visor

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Sunblock

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Sleeping bag or bedding

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Lightweight Sleeping Pad

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A smile and a good attitude

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NO CELL PHONES OR ANY VALUABLES

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NO CAR KEYS – You can leave your keys with our store staff in the retail shop

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Alcohol is permitted at camp but no glass is allowed. Please drink in moderation and remember you will have limited storage for drinks.

We Will Provide


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Personal Flotation Device

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Helmet

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Paddle

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5 Meals (Lunch, Appetizers, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch)

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Wetsuits, paddle jacket, fleece

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Sierra South’s most experienced and talented guides