No. 23: Selected Favorite Rivers & River Trip Categories

River Talk Podcast
River Talk Podcast
No. 23: Selected Favorite Rivers & River Trip Categories

News of the Week

Main Topic: Favorite River Trip Lists

We talked about The River Gypsies’ Guide to North America: A Whitewater Travel Guide to 294 of the Continent’s Best Rivers which lists the best rivers around the United States.

Our Top 5 Adventurous(*) Runs that Most People Can Handle List
1. Chetco River (Oregon)
2. Big Creek (Idaho)
3. Bridge and Wooley Creek (California)
4. Middle Fork Flathead (Montana)
5. Escalante (Utah)

(*) Adventurous runs have difficult access and limited beta

Hiking into Oregon's Chetco River
Hiking into Oregon’s Chetco River

Our Top 10 Reasonably Hard Classic Whitewater Runs with Reliable Water Flows
1. Upper Tuolumne – Cherry Creek (California)
2. Upper Gauley (West Virginia)
3. Upper Upper Cispus (Washington)
4. White Salmon – Green Truss (Washington)
5. Little White Salmon (Washington)
6. Green Narrows (North Carolina)
7. Colorado – Gore Canyon (Colorado)
8. North Fork of the Payette (Idaho)
9. Chattooga – Section Four (Georgia and South Carolina Border)
10. Wenatchee – Tumwater Canyon (Washington)

We struggled trying to define these lists and if you have any suggestions to make our lists better and/or come up with better criteria please email us at

We’ll cover our favorite classic multi-day trips next week!

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