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Middle Fork (Hospital Rock) Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Kaweah River

Middle Fork (Hospital Rock) Info
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Put In:  Hospital Rock
Take Out:  Roadside 4.8 miles below put-in
Difficulty:  Class V @ 400 - 800 cfs, V+ > 800 cfs , Portage 1-2
Gradient:  202 fpm
Run Length:  4.8 miles
Good Level:  400 - 800 cfs, Optimum 800 cfs
Season Comments:  March, April, May
Primary Season:  This section of river runs in the spring during normal snowmelt
Permit:  None presently required but this section of river is in Sequoia National Park and it is against the rules to kayak or raft within the park so be sneaky.
Character/Similar To:  Most of the rapids on this run are class V but they are seperated by calm pools. The run is roadside so shuttle scouting is possible.
Hazards:  There are a few drops that should be portaged, once you enter the gorge there is a 15-foot waterfall that can be portaged dry and high or you can seal launch from the large midstream boulder. Shortly after that there is a class VI unrunnable rapid that should be portaged. Bring real shoes for the portages because the rock can be very slick.
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  Seqouia National Park
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 233 miles (3 hours 54 minutes) Southeast of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: To reach the take out take Route 198 east to Lake Kaweah, keep going and enter the Seqouia National Park. After entering the park drive about 2 miles until the road is near the river, this will be the take out.

Put In: Continue upriver on the road for 5 miles to Hospital Rock, there is a large parking area here. Remember that it is illegal to paddle in the park so be sneaky and don’t get caught.

Towns near Middle Fork (Hospital Rock) Kayaking

Angels Camp California
Bakersfield California
Groveland California
Jackson California

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