Bird’s Eye View
The California Salmon River, or “Cal Salmon” for short, flows through the California Coast Range in the Trinity Alps. The Cal Salmon is located one of the most remote wilderness areas in California and all three forks, as well as a tributary, Wooley Creek, are federally protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The Cal Salmon is no doubt one of the state’s best kept secrets.
The Cal Salmon in a Nutshell
Difficulty: Nordheimer: IV+ (3 V’s); Butler: IV
Gradient: 54 ft/mi
Length: 10 miles, alternate run options
Season: March – June
Take-out: Oak Bottom
Who should go: Expert kayakers and rafters, wilderness lovers, folks who want to “get away from it all.”
Whitewater & Scenery
“Remote,” “scenic,” and “extreme” hardly even begin to describe the Cal Salmon. Boasting some of the best whitewater in California, the Cal Salmon is the next step up in difficulty from other California rafting classics.
Read more about Cal Salmon Whitewater.
Learn more about Cal Salmon River Flows.
Keep reading about Cal Salmon Logisitics.