Churning through a steep volcanic canyon and boasting at least twelve named class III and legendary class IV and IV+ rapids like Caldera and Satan’s Gate, the Hell’s Corner run (aka the Upper K) is a classic “must-do” for intermediate and advanced paddlers looking for wilderness whitewater excitement. Considered a rite of passage run by most Northern California rafters, the section of the Klamath River from J.C. Boyle Dam to Copco Reservoir is revered not only for its tremendous whitewater and beautiful scenery and wildlife, but for its long season; Thanks to the dam, this river flows through the fall, long after most other class IV runs in the region have dried up.
Depending on your group’s preference, this 17 mile run can be broken up in a number of ways. We will work with you to customize your perfect trip, but please consider one of the following two options as the basic guidelines for your Upper Klamath experience.
Two day wilderness run from J.C. Boyle to Copco Reservoir: Your group will put in directly below the dam and have an exciting warm up day including 6 miles of continuous class II and III rapids before reaching a beautiful and secluded camp. Day two will start with the class IV excitement of Caldera Rapid and keep your pulse pounding through 5 miles of continuous class III and IV whitewater. After Stateline Falls, rapids taper off to mellower class II, allowing you to cool down and enjoy the beautiful rolling scenery above Copco reservoir.
Double run on the Caldera Section: Can’t get enough class IV whitewater action? We will set you up for two days in a row: two chances to experience the thrills of Caldera, Satan’s Gate, Hells Corner, Ambush and more! Day one will end with a car shuttle from Stateline Falls back to put in, where you’ll find a well stocked base camp waiting.
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What's included: Both options include all rafting equipment, a guide prepared, fully catered breakfast lunch and dinner and snacks on all days. All wilderness amenities except for personal camping gear will be provided for you.
Meeting time and place: TBD by particular group logistics, but in general, we need to meet you the afternoon before put in somewhere on the I-5 north of Mount Shasta.
Season to go: Available all summer and fall, but best loved for late season (August and September) trips.
Length of trip: 2+ days depending on home location of group.
Minimum age: 12 years old.
Cost per person: $375.
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