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River Scale of Difficulty
This scale is generally used by the whitewater rafting community to rate the difficulty level of rivers. It is intended to be a general guideline and conditions cause ratings to change.

Class 1 - Flat Water

Class 2 - Novice

Class 3 - Medium - minimum age for participants is 7 years of age

Class 4 - Advanced - minimum age for participants is 14 years of age

Class 5 - Expert - minimum age for participants is 18 years of age

Class 6 - Unrunnable

Age Groups for pricing:

Youth - under 18 years

Adult - 18 years and older


Current River Conditions:

South Fork American

North Fork Yuba

Who said there was no water this year going down the Sierra? We had a blast on the South
Fork of the American River with Beyond Limits Adventures. We asked for a 'really wet' trip,
and were already surfing a rapid 2 minutes later! The guide was amazing, allowing us to do 'bull riding' at the front of the raft, and sometimes to swim the rapids. My 12-year-old daughter loved
it. After the rafting, we stayed for the night at the Beyond Limits campground, by the river. Very relaxing, with some gold panning and swimming. We highly recommend!

July 2014, South Fork American - One Day Trip - Gorge 9:30 AM