Arrive at our Rafting Center in Wofford Heights at 2:00PM. Check-in with our Rafting Center staff and meet the guides. They will assist you with any questions you may have. Once everyone from the trip has arrived and has checked-in, your Lead Guide will begin the orientation talk with what to expect for the afternoon, as well as hand out and fit helmets and lifejackets. Once suited up, you’ll load onto our shuttle bus and we’ll drive you to the put-in.
At put-in, the guides will work on rigging the rafts while the Lead Guide will give the Safety Talk to the trip. Once finished, the Lead Guide will organize the different groups into rafts and you’ll meet your guide. To teach everyone how to paddle together as a team, your guide will give a Paddle Talk. Immediately following the Paddle Talk, the trip launches and is officially underway.
The Half Day Lower Kern trip runs from the Delonegha Bridge put-in to Democrat Takeout. The start of the trip begins with Class II water to allow the guides to train everyone on paddling together. The first rapid is Surprise Rapid, which is just five minutes downstream from put-in. From here you’ll see first hand why the Lower Kern Big Five section is described as pool-drop as you go from rapid to pool, back to rapid again.