Big Sur w/ Rebecca Broyer {Chemistry}
Oct
25
to Oct 27

Big Sur w/ Rebecca Broyer {Chemistry}

BIG-inning to get tired of the red bricks and palm trees of campus? SUR-ching for redwoods and dramatic coastlines? Join peaks regular, Rebecca Broyer, for a weekend backpacking trip to Big Sur! Some expected highlights include, but are not limited to: a scenic drive up California’s coast, a Friday evening spent camping among the redwoods of Big Sur’s Pfeiffer State park, a short but SCENIC backpacking experience in the Silver Peak wilderness!

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Mt. Baldy w/ Bartlett Mel {Biomedical Engineering}
Oct
26
6:15 AM06:15

Mt. Baldy w/ Bartlett Mel {Biomedical Engineering}

  • 7980 Mount Baldy Road Mount Baldy, CA, 91759 United States (map)
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Come join your favorite Peaks People and hike to the highest point in LA! This hike is very challenging, but your hard work will pay off with some stunning views of the San Gabriel Mountains. Get ready for a long day of adventure, good vibes, and even better people!

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Beaudry Loop Trail w/ Robin Romans {Provost's Office}
Oct
26
8:00 AM08:00

Beaudry Loop Trail w/ Robin Romans {Provost's Office}

  • 3110 Beaudry Terrace Glendale, CA, 91208 United States (map)
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Join us for a moderate hike in the Verdugo Mountains, with a perfect blend of city views and mountain views! You’ll also get to meet the one and only Robin Romans, who serves as the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs. He’s also earned his doctorate in political science, taught courses on political thought and gender studies, currently serves as a faculty adviser for the Polymathic Academy, and directed the Thematic Option Honors Program.

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Sandstone Peak w/ Gioia Polidori {Human Biology}
Oct
26
8:00 AM08:00

Sandstone Peak w/ Gioia Polidori {Human Biology}

Need a break after fall break? Want to catch some rays and some #knowledge about biology and the human body? Come summit the ~ tallest point in the Santa Monica mountains ~ with Dr. Polidori! We’ll see some rad sandstone rock formations and expansive views from Sandstone Peak and Inspiration Point (I promise you’ll be inspired)!

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Three T's Trail w/ Andrew Simpson {Linguistics}
Oct
27
7:00 AM07:00

Three T's Trail w/ Andrew Simpson {Linguistics}

Between Baldy Notch and Icehouse Saddle, at the head of the great horseshoe ridge that encircles upper San Antonio Canyon, are three summits rising over 8000'—Thunder Mountain (8587'), Telegraph Peak (8985') and Timber Mountain (8303'). Mountaineers know these forested knobs as "The 3 T's." This trip traverses over these three summits.

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Sespe Creek to Willet Hot Springs w/ Larry Harris {Finance/Econ}
Nov
15
to Nov 17

Sespe Creek to Willet Hot Springs w/ Larry Harris {Finance/Econ}

  • Sespe River Trail Ojai, CA United States (map)
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Get excited for some backpacking right in our own backyard, north of Ojai! We will be backpacking the Sespe River Trail to Willett Hot Springs, about 10 miles out and back each way (but super flat!). This is a wonderful backpacking trip for both those new to backpacking and to those who have been backpacking for years - plus Larry Harris is bringing not one but TWO dogs - Benbow & Musket!

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McAuley Peak w/ Jed Fuhrman {Marine Biology}
Nov
17
7:30 AM07:30

McAuley Peak w/ Jed Fuhrman {Marine Biology}

  • 301 Corral Canyon Road, Malibu, CA 90265 (map)
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Come get some great panoramic views over the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains by hiking McAuley Peak! Existing without an official name until 2015, McAuley Peak was already a convenient destination along the Backbone Trail, hosting a distinct rock formation and some great views.

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Sisar Canyon w/ Jim Burklo {Religious Life}
Nov
24
7:00 AM07:00

Sisar Canyon w/ Jim Burklo {Religious Life}

Sisar Canyon is a beautiful 6.5 mile in-and-back trail that cuts into the mountains above Upper Ojai Valley, halfway between Ojai and Santa Paula. A wide dirt trail travels up the canyon toward Topatopa Ridge, a striking bluff of striped rock. Hopefully, we will see the tail end of the gorgeous red and orange fall leaves characteristic of these #decidious trees. We will be hiking with the knowledgable and beloved Jim Burklo.

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Inspiration Point via Mt Lowe Road w/ Tom Buchanan {Medicine}
Oct
13
8:00 AM08:00

Inspiration Point via Mt Lowe Road w/ Tom Buchanan {Medicine}

  • Mount Wilson Red Box Road & Mount Lowe Road, Angeles National Forest, Altadena, CA 91001 (map)
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Join this uncle and niece, professor and trip lead duo for a scenic Sunday stroll in the Angeles National Forest. We will hike around 7 miles, stopping halfway through to enjoy a panoramic view of the City of Angles and use some of the only telescopes in LA which remain free to this day. We’ll be enjoying sweeping views of the San Gabriel Mountains and riveting conversations about the genetics and prevention of type 2 diabetes with Vice Dean of Research, Tom Buchanan all the while!

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Mt. San Gorgonio w/ Vicky Petryshyn {Environmental Studies}
Oct
12
to Oct 13

Mt. San Gorgonio w/ Vicky Petryshyn {Environmental Studies}

Join us for a quick but hearty weekend adventure in the gorgeous San Gorgonio Wilderness with a Peaks veteran, Vicki Petryshyn! We’ll pack in close to 15 miles on Saturday by backpacking our camp gear up to Halfway Camp and summiting Mt. San Gorgonio via the Vivian Creek Trail before returning to camp for the evening. Sunday morning, we’ll take a short hike back to the trailhead and relax at the nearby waterfalls along the Big Falls trail, potentially with a little trailside brunch action thrown in.

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Elysian Park w/ Thomas Gustafson {English}
Oct
6
9:30 AM09:30

Elysian Park w/ Thomas Gustafson {English}

  • 835 Academy Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (map)
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On this alternative Peaks trip, you will have the opportunity to see, taste, and understand Los Angeles like never before. We will start at Elysian Park, grab some lunch at a fusion taco truck, visit Professor Gustafson’s Echo Park home, and then round off the tour at Vista Hermosa Park. Get excited for some amazing views and hipster tacos.

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Temescal Canyon and Lake Shrine w/ Dean Varun Soni {Religious Life}
Oct
6
8:00 AM08:00

Temescal Canyon and Lake Shrine w/ Dean Varun Soni {Religious Life}

  • 15601 Sunset Boulevard Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272 United States (map)
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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.

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Terranea Discovery Trail w/ Trixy Wattenbarger {Animation}
Oct
6
7:30 AM07:30

Terranea Discovery Trail w/ Trixy Wattenbarger {Animation}

  • 31300 Palos Verdes Dr S, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 (map)
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The Terranea Discovery Trail is a very short and sweet hike lasting about 2.2 miles! Located near Rancho Palos Verdes, you’ll get a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean and beautiful wild flowers. The out-and-back trail offers a short beach where you can take a quick dip in the water.

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Castro Crest via Backbone Trail w/ Kristan Leech {Biokinesiology}
Oct
5
8:00 AM08:00

Castro Crest via Backbone Trail w/ Kristan Leech {Biokinesiology}

  • 731 Malibu Canyon Road Agoura Hills, CA, 91301 United States (map)
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Take a break from studying for your midterm and hike this reverse peak while talking to walking rehabilitation specialist Kristan Leech. Learn how the neuroscientist/physical therapist helps those with back(bone trail) injuries change their gait and relearn how to walk! We will start the day hiking down the trail then head back up totally about 10 miles while, enjoying panoramas, physiology focused pondering, and puns the whole way.

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Hermit and Sturtevant Falls w/ Gene Bickers {Physics}
Oct
5
8:00 AM08:00

Hermit and Sturtevant Falls w/ Gene Bickers {Physics}

Join physics savant and unofficial 31-time “Professor of the Year” winner Gene Bickers on a hike through the Angeles National Forest to two of LA’s most spectacular waterfalls! We’ll be taking a beautiful 5.2 mile hike along the Santa Anita Wash to Hermit and Sturtevant Falls, spending time at each one to enjoy their majesty and hang around the nearby rock pools (with ample opportunity for a swim). The trail will be full of curious cottages, lush forest, and insightful conversation, so come join us for a day of exploring!

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Saddle Peak and Backbone Trail w/ Ian Culbertson {Physical Education}
Sep
29
7:00 AM07:00

Saddle Peak and Backbone Trail w/ Ian Culbertson {Physical Education}

  • Saddle Peak Trailhead, Stunt Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302 (map)
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Join us for an early morning climb in the Santa Monica mountains! We will be joining surfing professor and SoCal nature expert Ian Culbertson for hours of ocean views. This trail starts in a valley near Malibu and climbs all the way up to the top of Saddle Peak, so be ready for a workout. We’ll leave campus early to beat the heat and try to be back to campus for lunchtime!

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Mt. Baldy w/ Jennifer West AND Karen Liebowitz {Art}
Sep
29
7:00 AM07:00

Mt. Baldy w/ Jennifer West AND Karen Liebowitz {Art}

This 11-miler is not for the faint of heart. We’ll conquer this mountain via the Ski Hut trail, in which a ski hut is, in fact, visible in the distance! After basking in our glory at the summit, we’ll descend through a section of the trail called the Devil’s Backbone that lives up to its name. The trail climbs about 3800 feet, so mountain goats are invited (and encouraged) to come. Pros: epic views, bragging rights, impeccable vibes. Cons: No actual baldness (Only 5% of Peaks & Professors participants are bald, so statistically speaking, it’s highly unlikely we’ll see a bald head out here.)

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Switzer Falls w/ Shannon Gibson {International Relations}
Apr
27
8:00 AM08:00

Switzer Falls w/ Shannon Gibson {International Relations}

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?

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Temescal Canyon and Lake Shrine w/ Dean Varun Soni {Religious Life}
Apr
21
8:00 AM08:00

Temescal Canyon and Lake Shrine w/ Dean Varun Soni {Religious Life}

  • 15601 Sunset Boulevard Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272 United States (map)
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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.

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Anacapa Island w/ Rebecca Broyer {Chemistry}
Apr
20
to Apr 21

Anacapa Island w/ Rebecca Broyer {Chemistry}

  • Anacapa Island, California 9 (map)
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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.

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Echo Mountain w/ Paul Lerner {History}
Apr
14
11:00 AM11:00

Echo Mountain w/ Paul Lerner {History}

  • Echo Mountain (Mount Lowe Railroad Trail) Altadena, CA United States (map)
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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!

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The Hollywood Sign (Mt. Lee) w/ Robin Romans {Office of the Provost}
Apr
13
8:00 AM08:00

The Hollywood Sign (Mt. Lee) w/ Robin Romans {Office of the Provost}

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!

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Sequoia National Forest w/ Dan Dworkis {Emergency Medicine}
Apr
13
to Apr 14

Sequoia National Forest w/ Dan Dworkis {Emergency Medicine}

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?

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