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How long you spend rafting – or kayaking – along the Klamath River in California is up to you. Whether it’s for two days or six, one thing’s for sure, the team will certainly show you a good time. Expect great food, spot-on navigation and organisation skills and perhaps even a bit of yoga thrown in for good measure, too.
Everyone’s heard of Bigfoot, right? Well, this particular pocket of California – between Happy Camp and Willow Creek – has the highest number of reported sightings of the big hairy chap anywhere in the world. Aside from that though, the area’s also well noted for its stunning scenery and wildlife. It’s a sparsely populated region, and was originally home to several groups of Native Americans. Nowadays, it’s the wildlife that’s most abundant – bald eagles, great blue herons and ospreys can all be spotted here. But who knows what else could be lurking in the forests........
The Klamath River is California’s longest river – and its second largest, and the stretch around Happy Camp is probably the best bit for rafting newcomers. Rapids are mellow and playful here, so after learning the basics in safety and technique, you’ll get out and paddle them. You’ll cruise past open countryside, and pitch up at secluded campsites in the evening. As the sun sets, you’ll tuck into tasty dinners – served with crisp Californian wine – and relax before snuggling up beneath the stars. But the best bit of most trips is Ukonom Creek. Leave the river and your rafts, and trek along a short trail to Ukonom Twin Falls where you can plunge into a deep pool as water crashes down overhead.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re eight or 80 – as long as you’re fit and healthy and are ready to get involved – this tour will be fine for you. You’ll be travelling in groups so it’s probably best if you’re more of a team player than a lone ranger, and you’ll have to be happy on water and camping in tents along the way. The team make sure everyone’s well looked after – with good cooking, stories, and perhaps even a bit of yoga thrown in, but if you’re more of a high maintenance kind of person, this tour might be a bit out of your comfort zone as there are no 5* hotels here.
The kayaks used on this trip are one-man inflatable kayaks, which are stable and easy to paddle. You will be taken through a safety briefing before you start and as the rapids are graded 2 / 3 (out of a possible 5) this is a river trip for beginners or people who want to sit back and be at one with the beautiful surroundings, rather than hard core thrill seekers!
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