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Trinity River - Pigeon Point Run

Difficulty: Class III (one IV-)
Length: 5.7 miles
Flows: 1000 cfs - 4000 cfs
Gradient: 24 ft/mi
Put-in: Pigeon Point Campground
Take-out: Big Flat
Season: Year Around

The Pigeon Point run of the Trinity river is a fun Class III day trip that follows Highway 299 in a forested canyon. This is a great intermediate rafting run with a few challenging rapids in the mix.

The first few miles include several Class II and III rapids including Z Drop, a technical rapid that requires some tight maneuvering. The highlight of the trip is the Class IV- Hell Hole Rapid, which is a vertical drop into a hole at lower flows and a huge hole at higher flows. Below here are the Class III rapids Sailor's Bar, Triple Drop, and Fish Tail.

If you're interested in pictures and the perspective of an inflatable kayaker, check out cacreeks's Trinity River below Pigeon Point description.

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To reach Pigeon Point Campground (put-in): Find Highway 299 which is a National Scenic Byway and a fun drive. If you're coming from Redding, drive about 60 miles west until you see signs for Pigeon Point campground on the left. If you're coming from Eureka, drive six miles past the metropolis of Big Flat (take-out) and look for the campground on the left.

To Big Flat (take-out): Big Flat is a small group of buildings and trailers six miles west of Pigeon Point Campground on Highway 299.


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Disclaimer: River descriptions and classifications may change due to natural events that may create new hazards or flows. C-W-R advises that any paddler that uses this site be additionally informed by seeking out local news and updates for changes on this river.

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