The Mighty "T"
In a state overflowing with outstanding whitewater, a trip on the Tuolumne stands out: the beauty of its canyon, the solitude and peace, and the thrill of its whitewater are among the finest California has to offer. The canyon itself is carpeted in golden grasses and native trees alive with birds and chattering squirrels. Graceful herons are a common site along the riverbank among lush grasses and dense riparian shrubs. The “T” is a designated “Wild and Scenic” River; its 18 miles are protected from development for future generations.
The Tuolumne’s whitewater begins with the technical Rock Garden rapid; the challenges continue to build as the river rushes toward Sunderland’s Chute, Ram’s Head and Evangelist. From a whitewater perspective the highlight of the trip is Clavey Falls, a class IV+-V rapid known for its steep drop and powerful hydraulics.
Along with beauty and solitude, the Tuolumne River is known for its versatility. In the spring, higher water adds to the level of challenge, making previous experience and strong swimming ability a necessity. However, as the spring run-off subsides the river becomes more accessible to intermediate paddlers or beginners with a taste for adventure.
The Tuolumne’s 18 miles can be navigated in one, two, or three day trips depending on the type of experience desired and the amount of time available. One day on the “T” packs in whitewater, but overnight trips allow time to fully enjoy the canyon—from more time to relax along the riverbank, to star-gazing and after dinner conversation. Multi-day trips also give time to explore the canyon’s side creeks, swimming holes, and wildlife.
To book your trip on the Tuolumne River call All-Outdoors Rafting at 800.24.RAFTS!