Forks of the Kern Rafting

The Forks of the Kern One Day Class V Rafting trip is for the adventurous who are seeking greater adventure, greater wilderness, greater challenge, and greater whitewater. The one-day descent of the Forks of the Kern is known locally as the “Bullet Run”, these 16 miles are the most concentrated section of Class IV-V wilderness rafting in the country. Traditionally done as a two-day overnight trip, but with an early start, this world-class section can be accomplished in a single day. 

Mt. Whitney, the lower 48’s tallest peak, is the perfect catcher’s mitt for the severe winter storms that rip through the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. For a brief time during the spring and summer, enough snowmelt flows off these mountains to open the Forks of the Kern. This Wild and Scenic designated section of the river is home to an abundance of wildlife, wilderness, and whitewater. 16 miles and near 100 robust Class IV-V whitewater rapids, puts this section in the upper echelon of what you can experience in a raft. This trip is not for the faint of heart. You must have prior Class 4 rafting experience, be physically fit enough for a long day of paddling, and be able to hike the 3 mile downhill trail to the put in. 

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Trip Overview


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10-12 Hours

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Months of Operation:
April-August (depending on flows)

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Pre-trip meeting the evening before at 7pm

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Trip ARRIVAL Time*: 6:00am
(What time you need to be here)

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Trip DEPARTURE Time: 6:30am
(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.

*6% USFS/Land Use Fee

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: Sturdy Tennis shoes with Wool, or neoprene socks.

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Must be physically fit and able to hike 3 miles downhill

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Must have prior Class IV 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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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

We Will Provide


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Personal Flotation Device

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Helmet

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Paddle

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Deli Style Lunch

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Wetsuits, paddle jacket, fleece

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Sierra South’s most experienced and talented guides