Mile 11.5 – Greenwood Creek River Access: 38.82413, -120.94617 River Right. No fee at this access point. Greenwood has limited parking, with overflow parking located at Magnolia Ranch Trailhead. Day use only.
Mile 11.53 – Turtle Pond: 38.82354, -120.94598 As the name implies this is a very flat section of the river. Fortunately short though as Cable Car is less than half a mile away.
Mile 11.9 – Cable Car: 38.8185, -120.94798 Class II. This is a read and run class II section.
Mile 12 – BLM Beach: 38.8186, -120.94979 River Right. The next third of a mile have good lunch / break beaches. There’s also composting toilets here (accessible by all three beaches) which makes this a popular spot.
Mile 12.2 – Lower BLM Beach: 38.81912, -120.95266 River Right. Second beach.
Mile 12.28 – Below Lower BLM Beach: 38.81942, -120.95415 River Right. And the third beach.
Mile 12.78 – Airplane Turn: 38.81859, -120.96199 Class II. More of a feature rather a rapid, but Airplane Turn offers three channels and the far left channel will get you close to shore and then shoot you back right allowing your raft to make a dramatic turn.
Mile 13.53 – Gorilla Pond Jump Rock: 38.81066, -120.96658 River Right. Park just upstream of this jump rock to access it.
Mile 13.53 – Gorilla Pond: 38.8101, -120.96631 Calm pool named after Gorilla Rock.
Mile 13.66 – Gorilla Rock: 38.80892, -120.96693 River Left. Do you see it?
Mile 15.26 – Pit Stop Beach: 38.7943, -120.98134 River Right. Pit Stop Beach is appropriately named for the toilets located here.
Mile 15.63 – Splat Rock: 38.79013, -120.98233 Look river left for this fun raft splat rock.
Mile 15.8 – Fowler’s Rock: 38.78795, -120.98161 Class III. This is the entrance to the Gorge. There are two large rocks in this rapid. The first rock, called House Rock, go left of. Careful though, at lower flows there is a small but sticky hole just to the left of house rock and if you come in with no momentum you could easily get surfed here. The second rock is Fowler’s rock. Go right of it.
Mile 16.25 – Upper Haystack Canyon: 38.78224, -120.98294 Class II. Low consequence canyon with high thrills. Hit the tall waves straight. Canyon ends at the calm pool above Lost Hat.
Mile 16.73 – Jump Rock: 38.7778, -120.98939 River Right. As Upper Haystack Canyon finishes up, look river right and you’ll spot a decent jump rock. Park your raft upstair and take care walking to it and choosing your jump site.
Mile 16.88 – Lost Hat: 38.777, -120.99199 Class III. Fun wave train. Pay attention here as this leads directly into Satan’s Cesspool.
Mile 16.96 – Satan’s Cesspool: 38.77629, -120.99291 Class III. This the photo rapid for the Gorge run as you’ll often see photographers here. A rock shelf coming from river right pinches the river and accelerates it over a drop creating a big hit. The meat of the heat is on the left, so if you can try to work back right. Line it up straight and with some momentum and you’ll be good to go.
Mile 17.03 – Son of Satan’s: 38.77546, -120.99357 Class II. Go just right of a covered rock that’s located at the top center and then work left to avoid the bottom right wall.
Mile 17.49 – Scissors: 38.77142, -120.99946 Class III. Read and run at the top of the rapid and towards the bottom you will want to go left of the massive boulder. Keep your raft straight in the squirrelly water and you’ll be fine.
Mile 17.78 – Lower Haystack Canyon: 38.76776, -121.00168 Class II. The river canyon pinches here giving you fun standing waves.
Mile 18.2 – Weber Creek: 38.76367, -121.00745 River Left. Weber Creek is one of the largest tributatries to the South Fork of the American. It comes in on river left here, right at the top of Bouncing Rock rapid.
Mile 18.2 – Bouncing Rock: 38.76388, -121.00752 Class III. Avoid the large hole on river right by continuously working left.
Mile 18.33 – Pre-Op: 38.7625, -121.00894 Class II. Right of center, read and run. At high flows there is an enormous hole here.
Mile 18.5 – Hospital Bar Jump Rock: 38.76309, -121.01194 River Left. Below Pre-Op on river left is the last jump rock before takeout.
Mile 18.65 – Hospital Bar: 38.76496, -121.01259 Class III. The river sweeps left with the right side of the river funnelling into a lateral wave. Stay left for a drier line, or square up to the lateral for a big, fun hit.
Mile 18.89 – Recovery Room: 38.7683, -121.01405 Class II. This rapid will change based on reservoir levels. When the reservoir is low, a hole appears at the bottom of the rapid. When the reservoir is up, the hole washes out and the rapid loses its teeth.
Mile 19.33 – Surpise Rapid: 38.77437, -121.01538 Class II. This rapid will change based on reservoir levels. It’s either buried under the lake or surprise, there’s a wave train with a pour over rock in the center. Run left if you want to sneak the rock.
Mile 19.56 – Folsom Lake: 38.77564, -121.0192 Depending on lake levels you will either have current to takeout or you’ll be paddling through flat water. There are oftentimes jet skiiers who will tow you to the bridge for a fee.
Mile 20.55 – Salmon Falls Bridge: 38.77304, -121.0351 River Right. This takeout is also known as Skunk Hollow. The takeout is on the upstream side of the bridge on river right.