[VIDEO] Top 5 Rapids on the Kaweah River

Posted May 25, 2023 by Jack Armstrong: grandson of founder George Armstrong

View time: 2 mins

Get ready to experience the ultimate adrenaline rush! Nestled just outside of Sequoia National Park, the Kaweah River is a must-visit for all adventure seekers. With a thrilling combination of Class IV rapids and lush, jungle-esque scenery, this river is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. And the best part? It’s just a three-hour drive from Los Angeles. Hold on tight as we take you through the top 5 rapids on the Kaweah River!

Number 5: Bumper Rapid

With its steep drops and technical moves, Bumper is a heart-pumping Class IV+ rapid that’s not for the faint of heart. Rafts enter the rapid in the center, before moving left towards the bottom.

Numbers 4 and 3: Upper & Lower Slicky

Upper Slicky is a Class IV, while Lower Slicky is a Class IV+. These photogenic spots on the Kaweah feature beautiful bedrock waterslides and big holes that will leave you breathless.

Number 2: Cyanotic Rapid

This Class IV+ rapid is the longest one on the river! It boasts impressive holes and waves, and with massive boulders littering the river, you’ll need to listen carefully to your guide’s commands to make it out unscathed.

Number 1: Holiday Rapid

The top spot goes to none other than Holiday rapid! This twisting, turning Class IV rapid features a behemoth of a wave train that delivers big splashes over and over again. It’s the perfect finale to an epic trip down the Kaweah River.

If you’re looking for an exciting, continuous spring whitewater adventure, the Kaweah River is the place to be. And with its convenient location near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, it’s the perfect adventure destination. Book your Kaweah River trip now to find out which rapid is your favorite!

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Author Bio

Jack Armstrong

Jack grew up 35 minutes from AO headquarters, and is the grandson of our founder, George. His education includes a film degree and art studies from Biola University, as well as lots of experience breaking camera gear outside. After graduating college, he started an outdoors/action sports focused production company and is largely responsible for our video, photo, and social media content. Jack’s favorite trip is the Cal-Salmon, because of the river’s awe-inspiring beauty and the sweet rapids. When he’s not rafting or playing with cameras, Jack can be found skiing, surfing, visiting art galleries, or eating tacos.


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