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Upper Kings Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Kings River

Upper Kings Info
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Put In:  Confluence of the Middle and South Forks
Take Out:  Garnet Dike Campground
Gradient:  100 ft/mi
Run Length:  10 miles
Flow Information (phone):  916-368-8682
Good Level:  800 - 2,000 cfs
Season Comments:  June, July
Permit:  None required.
Character/Similar To:  A secluded class V+ wilderness run through a steep, deep, and inaccessible canyon.
Hazards:  Remote.
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  All National Forest.
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  Camping is possible but not recommended.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 230 miles Southeast of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics:  Take Out: From Fresno, drive east about 17 miles on California Highway 180 to Centerville. Turn left onto Trimmer Springs Road and continue to Kirch Flat Campground. From Kirch Flat Campground continue driving upriver for about 9.5 miles to the access point just below Garnet Dike Campground. This road becomes rough in some areas.

Put In: From Fresno, drive east on California Highway 180 and continue about 16 miles past Grant Grove Village to Yucca Point. From here hike 2 miles down the trail to the put-in. From the take-out at Garnet Dike Campground return to Piedra on Trimmer Springs Road and turn south onto Elwood Road. Take Elwood Road to California Highway 180, turn east and continue to Yucca Point.

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