Sunset hike. Star photography workshop. Outdoor art installations. Get ready for Peaks and Professors's most ~artsy~ overnight ever!! We will be car camping close to Joshua Tree, doing some short, scenic hikes, checking out art and learning how to capture the beautiful night sky with artist and professor, Jeff Cain.
Ever been outside and seen some weird rock structures and wondered how they formed? Have any pressing geology questions? Join us on a hike in Red Rock Canyon Park with our very own in-house Geology expert, Doug Hammond! We'll start by exploring some small caves. Then we'll hike through some giant Red Rock formations, all the way up to the top of Calabasas Peak, which offers sweeping views of the Santa Monica Mountains. There's lots of geology to see in Red rock canyon park & we'll even get to see some fossils!
Who needs Peaks & Professors when you have Playas & Professors?
Join us for a nice easy and relaxing hike up in Malibu Creek State Park. 11/10 chance to escape the USC bubble for a few hours for some sweet views and a cool lake. Karen Perez is a Spanish Professor with a rare 5.0 rating on Rate My Professor. Come learn some Spanish or just hear about her awesome stories - including some from her summer spent in Peru!
We will be car-camping Friday night, beginning our backpack into the Sierras on Saturday morning, and spending Saturday night camping at the beautiful Kearsarge Lakes before descending back into the real world on Sunday.
Ever wanted to visit the surface of Mars but don't have the time, money, or technology? Vasquez Rocks might just be the destination for you! The beautiful and bizarre rock formations of this park have been used as the set for dozens of films (Star Trek!), shows (Friends!), and plenty of music videos (Michael Jackson, K-pop, etc.).
I know it is hard to tell in LA, but I swear there are stars that exist in the SoCal sky. Don’t believe me? Great. Come see for yourself with physicist & astronomer Dr. Peroomian! We will be heading up to JTree for a day hike up Ryan Mountain. After this hike we will eat some dinner, hike another small trail to stargaze, and then will return to the cars to look through his telescope.
Come hike with accounting professor Julie Suh and her incredibly fit and even more adorable dogs as we look for one of Los Angeles's mythical waterfalls! If you need anything from career advice to raw vegan recipes to learning how to code a dating app, Professor Suh has got you covered.
Get ready to seas the day and experience some stellar ocean views along the Portuguese Bend Trail with the one and only Myka Winder! The trail will take us right down to the ocean where (tides permitting) we'll check out some sweet tide pool creatures. Speaking of sweet, you might have to give in to pier pressure because after the hike, Prof. Winder will show us her favorite local ice cream shop!
Come join us on a hike to one of the most popular waterfalls in Angeles National Forest! And as one of LA's few dog friendly hikes, you may seem some particularly good views along the way. The hike meanders back and across the stream running down the spectacular Arroyo Seco Canyon. The stream is lined with trees, with the water cascading over granite into mirror-like pools. We may also make a burrito stop because it is Professor Bunn's favorite food!
Join us for a Saturday morning of beautiful oceanside views and captivating conversation with one of USC's outdoors-loving psychology professors!
No better way to return to campus from your superb summer than with a Saturday Summit! Join Professor Kammas in a discussion of political thought and philosophy as we peak one of LA's most infamous mountains. We will take the Devil's Backbone up and Baldy Bowl down, stopping at the summit to relish our conquer. This is a challenging 9.5 mile, 3800ft elevation gain hike that is not for the faint-hearted. However, successful peakers will be rewarded with breathtaking views, bragging rights, and maybe even some burritos (?!?)
If you're looking for a hike that will not only get you outdoors but also provide optimal stress relief from everyday worries, look no further! We will be hiking through Topanga State Park with USC's very own Professor of Yoga and Stress Management, Andre Haralyi, to reach the top of Eagle Rock-- what better way to unwind on a Sunday?
Come join us on a nice and relaxing day hike to Eaton Canyon Falls, one of the few Los Angeles waterfall hikes!
Spend your Saturday soaking in breathtaking views of the San Fernando valley while getting a glimpse into the incredible processes behind our genetic code with Dr. Chi Mak. We’ll trek ~7 miles from Eaton Saddle, rising from amongst the canyon oak and sycamore trees to panoramic views of Los Angeles from Inspiration Point. History buff? This trip will take us by notable historic landmarks and along the ruins of the former Mt. Lowe scenic railway. Math and science more up your alley? Dr. Mak will join us and share some tales of his work using mathematical models to better understand the amazing chemical and biological mechanisms within our cells and DNA that provide the code behind our growth, reproduction, and everyday life.
Ever wanted to traverse the Backbone Trail, spanning 67 miles through the Santa Monica Mountains? Ever realized that you're a college student and don't have the time for that? If so, this hike is for you! We'll be joined by Professor Justin Wood of the Psychology Department in exploring the first leg of the Backbone Trail at its eastern starting point in Will Rogers State Park, for a round-trip day hike of ~6 miles.
Double the professors, double the fun! Not sure whether you like your math or spanish class better? Join math professor Jesse Levitt and spanish professor Marianna Chodorowska-Pilch for a fun filled overnight to Anacapa Island! As one of the smallest Channel Islands, we'll make sure there's plenty of adventure time, along with hanging out at the beach and watching the sunset off of the cliffs! We should be there at ~peak~ wildflower bloom, so don't forget your cameras! Camping will be primitive (we'll bring our own food, equipment, and water), so get ready for a wild adventure! *Price includes boat ticket, food/water, and campsites*
Dooooooo iittttttt. Join us for an amazing weekend with an amazing professor. We'll be leaving early Friday morning, camping Friday and Saturday nights, and returning early Sunday afternoon. Plan on hiking and sightseeing during the day!
Only 40 minutes outside of the USC bubble, we will be heading to Cave of Munits. Unwind before the week begins with this short, easy hike with only a wee bit more effort required once we actually reach the caves. It is not every day that you can go on a 2.1-mile loop with as much excitement as the hike to the Cave of Munits and Castle Peak. And you get to do it with an awesome professor. Added bonus because Ben Graham, his wife, and three adorable children will be joining us for this hike and chances are you have already seen them scrambling around campus and or eating in a dining hall.
Ever thought Peaks hikes just weren't fun enough in English?? Try and remember some of the Spanish you took in high school by spending your Sunday with Profesora Carolina Castillo Larrea! We'll be exploring this beautiful trail nestled in Malibu on a 3.7 mile path with minimal elevation gains all while layin' down some cultural knowledge with a truly authentic Spaniard!
Join David Albertson and his family of five on a suuuper chill hike in Kenneth Hahn Park. This gem in the middle of the city offers spectacular views of urban downtown Los Angeles contrasted by the majestic San Gabriel Mountains in the background.
P.S. Post-hike picnic included
When you hear the words "Los Angeles," what comes to mind? If your answer included "entertainment" and "mountains," you're right! (Traffic would also be an acceptable answer.) Come spend your Saturday in nature with two USC screenwriting professors firmly embedded in the entertainment capital of the world. With credits on shows like The X-Files, House of Lies, The Simpsons and The Jeffersons, you don't want to miss out on the opportunity to get to know Barbara Nance and David Isaacs. In addition to hiking to the iconic American landmark that is the Hollywood Sign, we'll take a detour to see the original Bat Cave used in the 1960s Batman series and countless other films and shows!
Who's ready for Catalina?! Between breathtaking hiking views, time in the water, morning kayaking excursions, and a possible telescope rendez-vous, what is not to love? With such an adventure lead by our very own Environmental Studies Professor, David Ginsburg, we are sure to have an unforgettable time!
Come meet wildlife biologist Miguel Ordeñana in one of his workspaces, Griffith Park! We will start the day off with his personal account on the infamous LA mountain lion, P-22. We will carry on with an easy hike to one of the camera traps used in capturing mammal movement around Griffith Park. We will trek up Skyline Trail and loop back around down Oak Canyon Trail after checking out the cameras. Don't miss this opportunity if you are interested in meeting a professional in wildlife conservation or in learning about the history of Los Angeles. Fun and informative times will be had by all. See you there!
If you're looking for a hike that will not only get you outdoors but also provide optimal stress relief from everyday worries, look no further! We will be hiking through Topanga State Park with USC's very own Professor of Yoga and Stress Management, Andre Haralyi, to reach the top of Eagle Rock-- what better way to unwind on a Saturday?
Join Peaks & Professors in our second edition of Peaks & Professionals, where we invite a successful professional who has made a passion for nature and outdoors an integral part of his or her career. This Peaks & Professionals adventure will include surfing lessons & life guidance in one fantastic trip
This is a beautiful, rugged part of the coast that calls to mind areas like Big Sur and Carmel’s Point Lobos State Reserve – you’ll likely feel miles away from the urban sprawl. While seagulls swoop overhead, carefully pick your way around the exposed tidepools, marveling at their colorful inhabitants.
Join us on an excursion with Professor Stephanie Eggert to Tuttle Creek Ashram: a mountaintop stone building nestled high in the Eastern Sierra. Here we will practice meditation, learn about yoga technologies, and witness the beauty of the Sierras, foothills, and Ashram alike.
Join Peaks All-Star Professor Rebecca Broyer on a challenging 10 mile summit of Tri-Peaks, the gem of the Santa Monica Mountains. The challenging and winding trail features some steep ascents, rock scrambles, and wonderful sweeping views over Malibu, the Pacific Ocean, the valley below, and Los Padres National Forest.
Did you know March 25, 2018 is Waffle Day in Denmark? That's pretty cool... But do you know what's even cooler?!? Learning about bees and marine biology from Dr. Jed Fuhrman while feeling the cool breeze under the warm Los Angeles sun as you hike up Eagle Rock! After the hike and if time permits, we may take a quick stop at Dr. Fuhrman's house to check out his very own beehives 🐝🐝🐝 But whatever you do, make sure you don't bring bananas or eat some before or during the hike because bananas will make the bees go bananas and sting you because bananas contain chemical signals for them to attack! 😨