Designated a National "Wild and Scenic River" by an act of congress in 1984, it flows through the "Grand Canyon" of Yosemite and into the Hetch Hetchy lake created by the O'Shaughnesey Dam.
Within the first two miles of the trip, three of the Tuolumne's most notorious rapids: Rock Garden, Nemesis and Rams Head will convince you that this river is indeed as wild as it's name states. Clavey Falls is a series of three staircase drops that will take your breath away. Other rapids have equally intimidating names such as; Thread the Needle, Hell's Kitchen, and Rock Garden. On multi day trips stop at the sandy beach near "Rock Garden" to gather up the nerve and strength to push on.
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The rafting season for the Tuolumne River is April through October the early months of the season offer the most thrills. It's a good idea to have rafted a class III or IV river and be in good condition before rafting the Tuolumne.
One-day trips start at around $150 but multi day trips provide extra time to take in sandy beachs, swimming holes and trout fishing.
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