Camping, Rafting and Hiking at Sequioa National Park
4 Days/ 3 Nights
Sequioa National Park/ Kaweah River
w/ Rafting $195 (if booked before 1/31)
w/ Rafting $250 (if booked after 1/31)
Camping Only $45
There’s something magical about Sequioa National Park. It’s a wonderland covered by ancient forests, soaring domes, stone canyons, and rivers that roar or ripple, depending on the season. Sequioa National Park is named for earth’s largest living things — Sequioadendron giganteum, or giant sequioas. Their massive, cinnamon-hued trunks and stout limbs soar skyward only here, on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada range, between 5,000 and 8,200 feet. The General Sherman Tree, the largest tree in the world, can be found here.
Located just outside of Sequioa National Park, the Kaweah River is the steepest river in the lower 48 United States. It drops an amazing 12,000 feet in 20 miles. In its last 10 miles, the river offers continuous thrilling Class IV+ rapids with a scenic alpine backdrop of snowcapped mountains.
Please note: YOU MUST HAVE PREVIOUS RAFTING EXPERIENCE TO JOIN THE RAFTING PORTION OF THIS TRIP
Arrive at Three Rivers Hideaway Camp anytime after 2pm and setup camp and relax. We’ll enjoy some cocktails around the campfire this evening (dinner on your own). Bring some games to play!
We’ll meet in the morning (TBD) for a safety talk and then set out on a full-day river trip of Class III-IV+ rapids. We’ll be rafting 9 miles of the Kaweah River, which will take approximately 4-6 hours. Lunch will be included on this day somewhere along the river.
What to bring: bathing suit, shorts, fleece, polypropylene or wool top and bottom (to be worn under wetsuit and paddle jacket, which will be provided if needed), fleece or wool socks, lace up tennis shoes or river sandals (no flip flops or slip-on water shoes). Important Note: NO COTTON, synthetic fiber clothing only.
This evening we’ll have a potluck dinner, so please sign up to bring something to share.
After breakfast, we’ll drive into Sequioa National Park for a full day of hiking. We’ll visit the General Sherman Tree (0.8 miles out & back, easy) and Moro Rock (0.4 miles out & back, moderate) and then we’ll visit Tokopah Falls, a waterfall in a valley shaped by a glacier (4 miles out & back, moderate). If there’s time, we’ll visit Tharp’s Log (2.1 miles, out & back, moderate).
Note: There is a $35 vehicle pass required to enter the park (not included) . You can purchase this pass in advance at www.yourpassnow.com.
MONDAY (Memorial Day)
Today we’ll check out of our campground by Noon and return home, tired and happy. If you’ve got some extra time, I would recommend a visit to Crystal Cave. There are several tours offered and tickets are available through www.recreation.gov. To learn more, please visit https://www.sequoiaparksconservancy.org/crystalcave.html
Three Rivers Hideaway Camp
43365 Sierra Dr.
Three Rivers, CA 93271
*This campground has showers, a BBQ area & kitchen, and is located on the river. It is also our meeting place for whitewater rafting on Saturday.
Campsites w/ picnic tables & fire rings (6 people, 2 cars max allowed at campsite)
Whitewater Rafting & Gear
Potluck Dinner (Saturday night)
What’s Not Included?
Transportation to the Campground
Beverages and Meals outside of the potluck dinner
Gratuities for your guides