Half-day trips on the Upper Kern meet at our rafting center at 2:30 p.m. These trips feature some of the best whitewater on the Upper Kern, from class II through IV, and normally cover six miles of rafting.

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Trip Itinerary

Arrive at our Rafting Center in Wofford Heights at 2:30PM. 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 Upper Kern trip runs on different whitewater depending on flows. During higher flows, we stay “low in the canyon” and run sections such as Cables and the Lickety. During periods of lower flows, we head up to Limestone and we run this class III/IV canyon twice over. After the second lap, we then shuttle you back to our Rafting Center concluding the trip.

Top Five FAQs Related to this Trip

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How many people are in each raft?

Depending on group size and which rafts we use, we fit between 4 and 6 guests in each paddle raft. As often as we can, we try to keep groups together in the same raft too.

What’s the minimum age for this trip?

The Half Day Upper Kern has a minimum age of 12 years old.

Which sections do you think we’ll be rafting on for this season?

As of 12/3/19 it is too early to tell which section we’ll be rafting on. Most years it is on either the Wall or Limestone sections though.

How is this trip different than the Lower Kern half day?

The Half Day Upper Kern is considered a more challenging whitewater trip than our Class IV Half Day Lower Kern. The biggest difference that you would notice is that the Upper Kern has a shuttle vehicle, where the Half Day Lower Kern is a continuous trip.

My friends booked this trip. How do I join their party?

Individual reservations made outside of a group reservation are linked together through the online waiver. When you complete the waiver, there is a field labeled “Group Organizer”. Simply write down groups name, and we will know that you are a member of that party

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