Whitewater Rafting the Trinity River Outside of Redding

With the amount of rain we have had in California this year (2017), I figured it would be a very good time to get out and do some whitewater rafting. On a recent trip up to Northern California, some friends and I went over to the Trinity River and booked a trip with Trinity River Rafting for a half day on the water. This was a great, family friendly way to explore the river and get into whitewater rafting as the rapids were only class 2-3 which is good for beginners. We all had a blast on the water and here is all the information.

Details

  • Cost: $65 a person for a half day
  • Location: 31021 State Hwy 299 W Big Flat, CA 96010

Getting There

From Redding on Highway 5, you will head west on Highway 299. Its about 60 miles of windy roads, when you get to Weaverville, you are getting close. Be sure to grab the address before you get out of Redding as the cell service is pretty bad the further you get. In the small town of Big Flat, you will reach your destination on the right side of the road, across from the little store.

Upon arriving, we checked in our group and got set up with helmets and life jackets then loaded on the shuttle to go 6 miles up the road.

The ten-minute ride gave you a chance to look down on the water you will be rafting through for the next 3 hours.

When we got to the drop-off, the boats were unloaded, we were given a safety talk before floating down the river.

The first 45 minutes was relatively calm with a few rapids but nothing crazy, making it a good way to get the hang of paddling and to enjoy the area.

After that, we hit our first class 3 rapids and were prepared for the adventure since our guide had helped us understand what was in store.

The rapids are a ton of fun, and they provide a lot of adrenaline when you go over them.

We docked the boats at an area with a big cliff you can jump off and two of the people in the group took the jump.

From there we got back in the raft and headed to the most intense of the rapids a class 3+ with a  6-foot drop known as the hellhole. This was also where professional photos were taken, and you can see the progression of the drop in GIF form below.

No one fell out of the boat on this rapid, so we all celebrated and from here stopped on the shore to have a chips and salsa break.

The last 45 minutes was more class 2-3 rapids and even a few chances to swim before getting back to the parking area where we began.

All in all, we had a great time out on the water for 3 hours, and I highly recommend it. Maybe it is due to the location, but $65 also seemed like a really fair price for the adventure.

Check out the video above and let me know what you think in the comments.

Whitewater Rafting the Trinity River Outside of Redding

With the amount of rain we have had in California this year (2017), I figured it would be a very good time to get out and do some whitewater rafting. On a recent trip up to Northern California, some friends and I went over to the Trinity River and booked a trip with Trinity River Rafting for a half day on the water. This was a great, family friendly way to explore the river and get into whitewater rafting as the rapids were only class 2-3 which is good for beginners. We all had a blast on the water and here is all the information.

Details

  • Cost: $65 a person for a half day
  • Location: 31021 State Hwy 299 W Big Flat, CA 96010

Getting There

From Redding on Highway 5, you will head west on Highway 299. Its about 60 miles of windy roads, when you get to Weaverville, you are getting close. Be sure to grab the address before you get out of Redding as the cell service is pretty bad the further you get. In the small town of Big Flat, you will reach your destination on the right side of the road, across from the little store.

Upon arriving, we checked in our group and got set up with helmets and life jackets then loaded on the shuttle to go 6 miles up the road.

The ten-minute ride gave you a chance to look down on the water you will be rafting through for the next 3 hours.

When we got to the drop-off, the boats were unloaded, we were given a safety talk before floating down the river.

The first 45 minutes was relatively calm with a few rapids but nothing crazy, making it a good way to get the hang of paddling and to enjoy the area.

After that, we hit our first class 3 rapids and were prepared for the adventure since our guide had helped us understand what was in store.

The rapids are a ton of fun, and they provide a lot of adrenaline when you go over them.

We docked the boats at an area with a big cliff you can jump off and two of the people in the group took the jump.

From there we got back in the raft and headed to the most intense of the rapids a class 3+ with a  6-foot drop known as the hellhole. This was also where professional photos were taken, and you can see the progression of the drop in GIF form below.

No one fell out of the boat on this rapid, so we all celebrated and from here stopped on the shore to have a chips and salsa break.

The last 45 minutes was more class 2-3 rapids and even a few chances to swim before getting back to the parking area where we began.

All in all, we had a great time out on the water for 3 hours, and I highly recommend it. Maybe it is due to the location, but $65 also seemed like a really fair price for the adventure.

Check out the video above and let me know what you think in the comments.

Whitewater Rafting the Trinity River Outside of Redding

With the amount of rain we have had in California this year (2017), I figured it would be a very good time to get out and do some whitewater rafting. On a recent trip up to Northern California, some friends and I went over to the Trinity River and booked a trip with Trinity River Rafting for a half day on the water. This was a great, family friendly way to explore the river and get into whitewater rafting as the rapids were only class 2-3 which is good for beginners. We all had a blast on the water and here is all the information.

Details

  • Cost: $65 a person for a half day
  • Location: 31021 State Hwy 299 W Big Flat, CA 96010

Getting There

From Redding on Highway 5, you will head west on Highway 299. Its about 60 miles of windy roads, when you get to Weaverville, you are getting close. Be sure to grab the address before you get out of Redding as the cell service is pretty bad the further you get. In the small town of Big Flat, you will reach your destination on the right side of the road, across from the little store.

Upon arriving, we checked in our group and got set up with helmets and life jackets then loaded on the shuttle to go 6 miles up the road.

The ten-minute ride gave you a chance to look down on the water you will be rafting through for the next 3 hours.

When we got to the drop-off, the boats were unloaded, we were given a safety talk before floating down the river.

The first 45 minutes was relatively calm with a few rapids but nothing crazy, making it a good way to get the hang of paddling and to enjoy the area.

After that, we hit our first class 3 rapids and were prepared for the adventure since our guide had helped us understand what was in store.

The rapids are a ton of fun, and they provide a lot of adrenaline when you go over them.

We docked the boats at an area with a big cliff you can jump off and two of the people in the group took the jump.

From there we got back in the raft and headed to the most intense of the rapids a class 3+ with a  6-foot drop known as the hellhole. This was also where professional photos were taken, and you can see the progression of the drop in GIF form below.

No one fell out of the boat on this rapid, so we all celebrated and from here stopped on the shore to have a chips and salsa break.

The last 45 minutes was more class 2-3 rapids and even a few chances to swim before getting back to the parking area where we began.

All in all, we had a great time out on the water for 3 hours, and I highly recommend it. Maybe it is due to the location, but $65 also seemed like a really fair price for the adventure.

Check out the video above and let me know what you think in the comments.

Whitewater Rafting the Trinity River Outside of Redding

With the amount of rain we have had in California this year (2017), I figured it would be a very good time to get out and do some whitewater rafting. On a recent trip up to Northern California, some friends and I went over to the Trinity River and booked a trip with Trinity River Rafting for a half day on the water. This was a great, family friendly way to explore the river and get into whitewater rafting as the rapids were only class 2-3 which is good for beginners. We all had a blast on the water and here is all the information.

Details

  • Cost: $65 a person for a half day
  • Location: 31021 State Hwy 299 W Big Flat, CA 96010

Getting There

From Redding on Highway 5, you will head west on Highway 299. Its about 60 miles of windy roads, when you get to Weaverville, you are getting close. Be sure to grab the address before you get out of Redding as the cell service is pretty bad the further you get. In the small town of Big Flat, you will reach your destination on the right side of the road, across from the little store.

Upon arriving, we checked in our group and got set up with helmets and life jackets then loaded on the shuttle to go 6 miles up the road.

The ten-minute ride gave you a chance to look down on the water you will be rafting through for the next 3 hours.

When we got to the drop-off, the boats were unloaded, we were given a safety talk before floating down the river.

The first 45 minutes was relatively calm with a few rapids but nothing crazy, making it a good way to get the hang of paddling and to enjoy the area.

After that, we hit our first class 3 rapids and were prepared for the adventure since our guide had helped us understand what was in store.

The rapids are a ton of fun, and they provide a lot of adrenaline when you go over them.

We docked the boats at an area with a big cliff you can jump off and two of the people in the group took the jump.

From there we got back in the raft and headed to the most intense of the rapids a class 3+ with a  6-foot drop known as the hellhole. This was also where professional photos were taken, and you can see the progression of the drop in GIF form below.

No one fell out of the boat on this rapid, so we all celebrated and from here stopped on the shore to have a chips and salsa break.

The last 45 minutes was more class 2-3 rapids and even a few chances to swim before getting back to the parking area where we began.

All in all, we had a great time out on the water for 3 hours, and I highly recommend it. Maybe it is due to the location, but $65 also seemed like a really fair price for the adventure.

Check out the video above and let me know what you think in the comments.

Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park

Located in the town of Weaverville, about an hour outside of Redding, Joss House State Historic Park is a fascinating stop if you happen to find yourself in this area. The history of this unique temple and how well it has been preserved made it much more enjoyable than I even anticipated it being. It really is a highlight in the historic state parks of California. Here is all the information so you can check it out for yourself.

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Details

  • Cost: $4
  • Hours: Thursday – Sunday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Location: 630 Main St, Weaverville, CA 96093

Getting There

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This state park is located in the town of Weaverville at the intersection of Highway 3 and Highway 299. It is pretty remote and not something you would stumble on. I went when I was heading over to the coast from Redding so if you are doing that then be sure to stop by. You can’t miss it when you get to the town as it is on the left right in the downtown area. There is a decent sized parking lot as well.

History

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This Taoist Temple, known as the “Temple among the trees beneath the clouds,” started its construction in the early 1850’s. Most of the pieces were from the 1850’s – 1870’s and they were shipped into San Francisco from China. The temple as it stands today was completed in 1873 as it was burnt a couple of times before that. It was eventually gifted to the state for preservation in 1956 by the Lee family, who now maintains it as a historic spot in California.

The Tour

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I arrived just at the start of a tour and paid my $4 so I could hop on it. There were only two other people with me on the tour but the docent that lead it was fantastic and answered a lot of questions. You can see the temple exterior without a tour but if you want to go inside that is only possible on a guided tour.

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The tour started at the visitors center which has a few fun items from Chinese history. I really liked the old dragon that they have sitting in the center glass.

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From there it heads over the bridge and to the temple.

The Temple

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The temple is impressive from the outside as it has lots of pastel colors which you would not expect to see in an area like this.

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Walking into the interior takes you over a series of raised steps and around a large door in the middle of the walkway that doesn’t open. The reasoning for this is that they don’t believe that evil spirits can walk around doors or over steps like this, so it keeps them out.

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The interior of the temple is beautiful in the way it spotlights the artifacts and pieces on display. It is still used on and off as a temple, so that is why there is so much to see.

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The tour guide let us sit in here and walk around to look at the differ pieces while he told us the history and answered tons of questions.

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I was overwhelmed trying to find the best spots for pictures as there’s so much to look at in this unique area.

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On the left, there are mirrors that each represent a season.

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On the right, there is an old bell that they ring for special occasions.

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In the middle is where all the offerings and artifacts sit.

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After looking around and asking questions, the tour ended and we exited the temple. It was a unique state park and one that I highly recommend if you are driving through the area. Let me know if you have been in the comments and what you thought.