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Wild Rivers Tour 2019

June 2-8, 2019

Seven days, Six stages, 340 miles, 25,000 feet of climbing

Tour co-leaders: Chris Jones & Peter Verbiscar-Brown

Tour is full - click here to get on the wait list

This fabulous tour is back by popular demand! Come ride with us besides and across the Trinity, the Klamath, the Salmon, the Scott, the Illinois, the Smith, and the Mad rivers. Tackle the renowned Etna Summit, bathe in sparkling rivers, camp in remote and beautiful spots, finish by riding along the coast and thru the redwoods.

Much appreciation to Doug Simon who originally scouted and led this this tour, and Bill Oetinger who developed the preview booklet and created the maps and route slips.

Download the preview booklet for detailed descriptions of each stage, maps, elevation profiles, route slips, photos, and more information on the logistics... the camps, transportation, crews, etc. Limited to 40 riders, including the tour leaders and SAGs.

Sunday June 2
Drive in SAG vans or carpool to Tish Tang Camp. Approx 5 hours.
Monday, June 3 - Stage 1
Tish Tang to Nordheimer. 51 miles, 4500 feet up.
Cruise along the sparkling Trinity River, up the quiet Ishi Pishi Road, and so to Salmon River Road with dizzying downward views to the river.
Tuesday, June 4 - Stage 2
Nordheimer to Indian Scotty. 57 miles, 6500 feet up.
Gradual climbing along the Salmon, before the final demanding eight miles to Etna Summit, followed by an exciting downhill run and on to camp. A day to remember.
Wednesday, June 5 - Stage 3
Indian Scotty to Happy Camp. 48 miles, 3200 feet up.
An exhilarating run along the Scott and then Klamath rivers to Happy Camp.
Thursday, June 6 - Stage 4
Happy Camp to Panther Flat. 67 miles, 6200 feet up.
Climb gradually at first, then more steeply to a 4,800 foot summit and a downhill run into Oregon.
Friday, June 7 - Stage 5
Panther Flat to Elk Prairie. 72 miles, 4500 feet up.
We leave the redwood forests to reach the coast. After sliding thru Crescent City, we head south to our camp in Redwood National Park.
Saturday, June 8 - Stage 6
Elk Prairie to Arcata. 45 miles, 2600 up.
Continue down the coast, past picturesque Trinidad, to finish in Arcata with ample time for a swim or shower before the drive home.

Rider Skill Level

This tour is suitable for those that can manage the daily distance and elevation, generally "B" riders and above, although more accomplished A and AB pace riders are welcome. SAG support is available, but is not meant to be relied upon. Riders are expected to complete the ride each day (SAG drivers may or may not complete their riding stages; it is their choice). It is up to each individual to train in advance of the ride - no refunds will be provided for cancellations due to lack of training or skill.


Registration opens at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Tour fee is anticipated to be $480, with $50 due at the time of registration by PayPal or credit card. The balance will be due on or before February 23. Click here to register.

The $480 per person fee includes:

Daily SAG support; campsites plus all associated meals*, soft drinks etc.; food wranglers to  oversee meal preparation etc; sandwiches/snacks for rides. We will likely have some electrolyte drink mixes, but best to bring what works for you. Not included: Gas costs and meals/snacks to and from Arcata, and parking fees for those driving private cars being left in Arcata; beer and wine; entry fee for Redwood National Park.

*Omnivore and vegetarian meal options will be served on the 2019 WRT. (Please select either upon registration). Non dairy alternatives will be available, almond milk and the option to exclude other dairy from a meal. You must indicate this preference when signing up. Gluten free diets cannot be accommodated. Please check with us first if you have other allergies or food aversions. There will not be room to accommodate personal coolers on this tour.

An indispensable introduction to our cooperative touring format, gear to bring etc. is here. Required reading if you have never been on a club tour!

Tour tasks before, during and after the tour

Because the Terrible Two takes place soon after our return, we have committed to clean up all our club equipment the day after we get back, and possibly provide additional assistance to the TT preparations. At the time of registration you will be asked your availability for pre-tour, on-tour and post-tour help. Pre-tour: 2 people familiar with Costco to shop May 30 or 31 ; 2 people familiar with Costco to shop Sat June 1st, and 2 additional people to outfit rental truck with shelving etc. These Sat crews will get club gear into SAG vans and truck. On-tour: A person to be in charge of setting up portable shower at 2 camps; a person to oversee in-camp hygiene; an early rising coffee wallah or two to make breakfast coffee; tech-savvy person to be in charge of phone charging station. Post-tour: 12 at warehouse to thoroughly clean all equipment used Sun June 9; up to 6 to help with Terrible Two preparation.

Transportation and SAG

We will have two 12-person passenger vans, used both to get some two dozen of us to the start, and for use as SAG vehicles. If you want to participate as a SAG driver for the tour, riding 3 days and driving 3 days, we are interested! Your tour fee will be just $200, and you get preferential sign up - you are guaranteed a spot on the roster. Contact Peter or Chris if interested - we need you!

Cancellation policy

Cancel before Feb 23, you will receive a full refund.

Cancel before April 2, you will be assessed a $100 fee and therefore receive a $380 refund*.

Cancel after April 2, you will receive no refund*.

*If SRCC is able to replace you with someone from the tour waiting list, or in the case of medical or family emergencies, refunds of up to the full tour fee, less any costs expended and not refunded to SRCC due to the cancellation, will be available. The objective here is to return your money, while at the same time ensuring that a tour that loses members at a late date is not penalized.

Note: tour cancellation fees vary based on tour costs and financial obligations. We reserve the right to cancel or modify trips for any reason if circumstances make it necessary. In the event that SRCC needs to cancel, we will do our best to provide a 30 day notice and a full refund for monies received. Refunds will be for the tour fee only, less any costs expended and not refunded to SRCC due to the cancellation, and do not include transportation, hotel or otherexpenses incurred on the part of tour participants. Tours are generally held rain or shine. Thanks for your support and understanding.

Contact Tour Leaders with questions:

Chris Jones cagjones@yahoo.com

Peter Verbiscar-Brown petervb1@gmail.com

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