Get pumped for this all day trip to Santa Rosa Island! We will take an early ferry out to this isolated island to see all sorts of Pacific Rim plants and Wildlife. Expect beautiful ocean views and a full day away from the fast-paced SoCal life!
If you’re ~diene~ to get off campus (and off the mainland) then join chemistry professor Rebecca Broyer on an overnight trip to the Channel Islands, the “Galapagos of North America!” We will be visiting Anacapa, the smallest of the Channel Islands, and spend our time exploring the 1 square mile of volcanic rock, sea caves, and cliffs. Get ready for mind blowing sunset watching, card game playing, and seagull/pelican/sea lion sighting.
Start your weekend off right with not one but two waterfalls! Join International Relations professor, Iva Bozovic, for a discussion on international relations and economics as we head on a 5 mile stroll through the Angels National Forest to see both Hermit Falls and the 50-foot Sturtevant Falls.
Join Dean Varun Soni for a hike around Temescal Canyon, a post-hike lunch in the Palisades, and tour of Lake Shrine guided by Dean Soni! The trail is a 3 mile moderately-trafficked shaded loop in the Palisades with 875ft of elevation and rewarding ocean views.
Study days who??? We don’t know her! If you’re not quite ready to hit the books before finals, hit the trails with Dr. Shannon Gibson (and her dogs, pictured above!) instead for moderate, 4.5 mile loop through Switzer Falls. There will be trees, leaves, and lots of falling water with some great views of the San Gabriel Mountains along the way. Did I mention dogs?
Breakfast, trampolines, and a with views of all of Los Angeles!
Are you ready to travel back in time to the 1890s?? Back in the day, Echo Mountain was the site of a resort that drew tourists from all over the world to take in the views of Southern California. It was destroyed in a wildfire, but now we get to hike the trail up to the summit in the company of a brilliant historian, who can tell you about 19th century California and all you need to know about modern Germany, Central Europe, and the Ancient Greek belief in wandering wombs. Paul Lerner will join us on this 5 mile hike to the ruins of the resort!
Join us for a moderate morning trek up to one of LA’s defining icons with Robin Romans, USC’s Vice Provost of Academic Affairs! The moderate hike up to the top of Mt. Lee is filled with beautiful views of LA and we will end up right above the famous letters. Romans earned his doctorate in political science, teaches courses on political thought and gender studies, serves as a faculty adviser for the Polymathic Academy, and used to direct the Thematic Option Honors Program… best of all, he’s eager to join us for his first Peaks and Professors hike!
Come join us on one of Malibu’s staple hikes to Sandstone Peak via the Mishe Mokwa Trail! Although this 5.6 mile trail’s foliage suffered from the Woolsley Fire at the end of last year, the views from inspiration point are still awe-inspiring.
Ready for a weekend trip to the forest to break up the mid-semester grind? Then this is the trip for you! Join us for two days filled with hiking, exploring and taking in the early season views in one of the most beautiful places in SoCal. Plus, get a crash course in first-aid/wilderness medicine from USC professor Dr. Dan Dworkis—what more could you ask for?
Join Dr. Karlin for a hike around the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, a picnic somewhere along the trial, and great conversation! The trail is a 5.5 mile heavily-trafficked loop in Antelope Valley with 593ft of elevation and rewarding wildflower views.
We’ll be taking a short drive into the Angeles National Forest to hike Mount Waterman (and possibly other nearby peaks) then camp at the nearby Buckhorn Ski Lodge in a trip filled with mindfulness, gratitude and performance of course, Not sure what performance science is? Dr. Fox is the person to ask!
Hollywood, Huebner, and Hima - what more do you need?
Join us for a moderate 6 mile hike at the beautiful Bear Canyon, complete with scenic views of Switzer Falls, one of L.A.’s most famous waterfalls.
We will be hiking with Eric Junker, a Design professor here at Roski, with a possible guest appearance from Professor Junker’s son, Rye, who is just as talented an artist as his dad!
Truly one of California’s best kept secrets, the Carrizo Plain National Monument is home to glorious wildlife (BIRDS, antelope), wildflowers (ones that will be in bloom while we are there), and geologic and cultural history. Prominent features on the monument include the white alkali flats of Soda Lake, Painted Rock, vast open grasslands, and a broad plain rimmed by mountains.
Join yoga professor Stephanie Eggert for a truly once in a lifetime opportunity - an island meditation and yoga retreat! Professor Eggert is a kundalini yogi, a school of yoga that incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras. Beginners are welcome to join, no yoga or meditation experience necessary!
Come kick off the weekend with an awesome hike in the Devil’s Punchbowl Natural Area! Located right on the San Andreas Fault, this is one of the most seismic regions in the world. Don’t worry though— this just means it is a popular climbing spot and there are plenty of awesome rock formations! We will be hiking along the Burkhart trail, through a manzanita forest, to Devil’s Chair, our final destination. The trail overlooks the desert on one side and Angeles National Forest on the other— a perfect combo!
Join on us on this beautiful day hike close to campus! Scenery will include views looking West over the Pacific Ocean and Pacific Palisades. Should be a great way to get out and enjoy some sunshine as it finally warms up again!
Join us and Astronomy professor, Vahe Peroomian, for a legendary stargazing trip to Joshua Tree! If you have ever wanted to get out of the city lights to see the stars or ask an expert about space this is your chance.
Midterms season got you down? Slacking on your New Years Resolution to get #fit? Join Dr. Polidori on a 5 mile scenic hike along Musch Trail to Eagle Rock with some pretty ~rad~ rock formations and sweeping views of Topanga Canyon, LA’s largest state park, at the top. (There may even be baked goods involved!)
This hike will have you sweating just enough to count as your workout for the day without leaving you too exhausted to hit the books when you get back.
Join Peaks and Professor’s Faculty Advisor and East Asian Studies Professor Brett Sheehan on this beautiful springtime hike to Mt. Zion! After a winter of healthy rains (and snows in the San Gabriel Mountains) we will be hiking a 10 mile loop through the lush Santa Anita Canyon on our way to Mt. Zion. The trail will pass several San Gabriel landmarks, including the 1920s era Santa Anita Canyon dam, the 50-foot Sturtevant Falls, and the old retreat center/cabins at Sturtevant Camp.
Are you ready to see some wildflower blooms?? This is your chance!! With all the rain LA has gotten this winter, you cannot miss seeing some legendary wildflower super blooms in person. Even better, Design Professor Jeff Cain will be doing some photography workshops to help you get the best shot to post on your Insta, send to your parents and cherish in your memories forever :’)
While it took 23 million years for the Pinnacles to travel 200 miles along the San Andreas fault from L.A. to Central California, we’ll be making a weekend out of the journey. We’ll do everything Pinnacles National Park has to offer, from exploring unique talus caves and tall rock spires to watching massive California Condors in one of their few natural habitats.
Join craft beer connoisseur and Spatial Sciences professor Darren Ruddell on a hike through the lush valley of Malibu Creek State Park! During the recent Woolsey fires, select parts of the park were burned rather substantially, and as such it’s the perfect location for seeing the impacts of fire in Southern California first hand. We’ll be taking a beautiful 6.5 mile hike through areas both touched and untouched by these fires, complete with open fields and shaded rock pools. Darren is a leading expert on urban sustainability and climate, so come join us for a day full of stellar views and interesting conversations!
Join expert neuroscientist, Andrew Hires, on the rescheduled scenic loop trail with a slight detour to the cranial shaped, appropriately named Skull Rock! Enjoy 5 miles of shaded trail, waterfalls, and ocean views in Temescal Canyon as we ascend 1,100 feet to a panoramic view of Pacific Palisades.
Finally take an opportunity to enjoy the rainfall Los Angeles has been having by hiking to some waterfalls! Enjoy an easy 4.5 mile out-and-back hike with scenic views in the San Gabriel Mountains leading to the 50 foot waterfall at Switzer Falls. Anthropology professor Xochitl Ruiz will be joining us , an incredibly kind and caring professor whose fieldwork has taken her to Colombia to study food in the past.
The Peaks and Professionals series returns! For this iteration of the series we have the honor of being joined by writer Shawnte Salabert on an overnight wildflower-chasing and slot canyon ‘splorin camping excursion to Anza-Borrego State Park.
Join Dr. Andrew Simpson on an exciting adventure through the San Gabriel mountains! As he puts it, “This is a real wilderness hike, about 8 hours, most of which time you don't see anyone else. It's along a creek, often with little path in sight, a lot of boulder-hopping or wading through the river if the water is high. The group needs to be a little hard-core for this, as it's a tough hike, but really special.”
Take a break from midterm szn and come out on the trail for a day of great hiking, great views, and even better company! The Bridge to Nowhere was originally built as part of a highway that would lead from LA to the Mojave Desert, but after a flood wiped out part of the road, the bridge became abandoned. Now, it‘s a fun destination for hikers and bungee jumpers! This iconic bridge is a must-see, so get excited for a really rewarding day!
Get excited for some backpacking right in our own backyard! We will be heading up North to Ojai to backpack the Sespe River Trail to the Willett Hot Springs, about 7.5 miles out and back each way. Despite the distance, we will not have much elevation gain, so this will be a wonderful backpacking trip for both those new to backpacking and those who have been backpacking for years. Professor Harris is very excited for the trip, and may even bring his dog, Benbow!
Start your Friday morning off right and join Abby Fifer-Mandell, Executive Director of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab, for a short but scenic hike to Angel’s Point! This 3-mile hike loops through the northern section of Elysian Park, a natural oasis in the middle of the city.
Waterfalls in LA?? Groundbreaking. Join us for an easy 4 mile hike through the beautiful Angeles National Forest, complete with a relaxing lunch immersed in Sturtevant Falls’ majesty. We’ll be hiking with Jennifer Cool of the Anthropology department — believe us, she lives up to her name.