Our most popular day trip from Ashland – run over 30 major class III to IV+ rapids on big flows all summer long. Cutting a steep wilderness canyon through the Cascades of Southern Oregon, the Upper Klamath is one of the finest and most exciting class-IV rafting trips in the West. It is hard to beat big summer flows and rapids that are over a football field long. This is the river Momentum got its start on and the ‘Upper K’ continues to be a guide and guest favorite.
Momentum’s first commercial rafting trip was on the Upper Klamath and it is one of the two rivers that made us choose Ashland, Oregon as our base. We have added many other rivers and adventures to our offerings, but Ashland is still our home and the ‘UK’ will always be an integral part of our trip offerings and a guest and guide favorite. We recently built our ‘Upper Klamath Bush Camp’ to create one of the most unique, active, and comfortable trips in the U.S.
The same guides that guide our trips throughout Oregon, Northern California, Idaho, and abroad run our Upper K trips – guides with a minimum of 5 years of experience on many of the world’s most difficult whitewater rivers, and guides that truly enjoy sharing the outdoors and their outdoor experiences with others.
We pick guests up at their hotel in Ashland between 8 and 9 in the morning and return between 5 and 5:30 – back in time for a shower and dinner before the plays. Besides the amazing whitewater and beautiful canyon the trip also includes a continental breakfast and a big lunch.
The run has three different sections beginning with a fun class-III warm-up. This first stretch makes the Upper Klamath a recommended rafting trip for first-timers in good health, as they have plenty of time to learn the finer points of river running. After the warm up the canyon constricts, the river drops out of sight, and we enter the famous “Hells Corner” section of the canyon – beginning with a 150 yard rapid known as ‘Caldera’. There are very few stretches of summer whitewater like it.
The Upper Klamath is one of our original ‘backyard’ rivers, and one we know like an old friend. Find out why guests that have joined us on trips all over the west and abroad still try to make time for a ‘UK’ trip (or two) every year.