Mt. San Jacinto w/ Ray Stevens
Oct
20
6:00 AM06:00

Mt. San Jacinto w/ Ray Stevens

  • Marion Mountain Trail CA United States (map)
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Join us on a kinda’ early, pretty challenging but EXTREMELY rewarding hike to the top of Mt. San Jacinto. We’ll be taking the less-travelled Marion Mountain Trail route from the west. Enjoy a stunning panorama with a clear view of Joshua Tree and the San Gorgonio Mountains.

BONUS: Bragging rights for having one of the six-packs under your belt.

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Los Padres National Forest + Solvang w/ Terry Curtin
Oct
20
to Oct 21

Los Padres National Forest + Solvang w/ Terry Curtin

  • Figueroa Mountain Road CA United States (map)
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Join us on a journey to a little known Dutch town — Solvang! Established in 1911, this little town is home to a number of restaurants, bakeries, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California! After some daytime exploring, we’ll head on to Los Padres National Forest for a beautiful camping night! We’ll wake up early Sunday morning to hike Figueroa Mountain before heading back to campus! You should be in for a weekend of history, nature, and yummy treats!

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Mt. San Gorgonio Backpacking w/ Rebecca Broyer
Oct
20
to Oct 21

Mt. San Gorgonio Backpacking w/ Rebecca Broyer

  • 41900 Falls Road Forest Falls, CA, 92339 United States (map)
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Join us on a quick but mighty one night backpacking trip as we summit Southern California’s highest peak, Mt. San Gorgonio! Although relatively unknown to Southern Californians, Mt. San Gorgonio towers over the entire southland at an elevation of 11500 feet, with views of the San Gabriels, inland empire, San Jacinto, and Joshua Tree.

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Los Liones w/ Adlai Wertman
Oct
28
8:30 AM08:30

Los Liones w/ Adlai Wertman

  • 580 Los Liones Drive Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272 United States (map)
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Why not spend part of your Halloweekend in the great outdoors being inspired to change the world? If you’ve ever been curious about social entrepreneurship, leadership or just want some good life advice, here’s your chance to hike with Professor Adlai Wertman.

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Mojave Desert w/ Kiran Dhillon
Nov
3
to Nov 4

Mojave Desert w/ Kiran Dhillon

Come join Peaks and Professors for a two day/one night Halloweekend adventure in the Mojave desert where we’ll be visiting a ghost town (#spooky)! We’ll also be checking out a towering volcanic crater, climbing through some swiss cheese-looking rock formations, checkin’ out some petroglyphs, and catching the sunset from the top of some 700-foot sand dunes. Come have mo’fun in the Mojave with us!

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Echo Mountain w/ Erin and Brett Carter
Nov
17
8:00 AM08:00

Echo Mountain w/ Erin and Brett Carter

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 with the company of two professors who might not be able to tell you about 19th century California but can tell you all you need to know about African and Chinese politics! Erin Baggott Carter and Brett Carter will join us on this hike to the ruins of the resort!

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Rock Pool and Century Lake Trail w/ Karen Perez
Sep
29
9:00 AM09:00

Rock Pool and Century Lake Trail w/ Karen Perez

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!

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Calabasas Peak w/ Doug Hammond
Sep
29
8:00 AM08:00

Calabasas Peak w/ Doug Hammond

  • West Red Rock Road Topanga, CA, 90290 United States (map)
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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! 

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Joshua Tree Night Photography w/ Jeff Cain
Sep
28
to Sep 30

Joshua Tree Night Photography w/ Jeff Cain

  • joshua tree national park (map)
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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.

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Switzer Falls w/ Mike Bunn
Sep
16
9:00 AM09:00

Switzer Falls w/ Mike Bunn

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! 

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Mt. Baldy w/ Anthony Kammas
Sep
15
7:00 AM07:00

Mt. Baldy w/ Anthony Kammas

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 (?!?)

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Inspiration Point w/ Chi Mak
Apr
21
9:30 AM09:30

Inspiration Point w/ Chi Mak

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.

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Backbone Trail via Will Rogers State Park w/ Justin Wood
Apr
21
8:00 AM08:00

Backbone Trail via Will Rogers State Park w/ Justin Wood

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. 

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Anacapa Island w/ Jesse Levitt + Marianna Chodorowska-Pilch
Apr
21
to Apr 22

Anacapa Island w/ Jesse Levitt + Marianna Chodorowska-Pilch

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*

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Cave of Munits w/ Ben Graham
Apr
15
9:30 AM09:30

Cave of Munits w/ Ben Graham

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. 

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Escondido Falls w/ Carolina Castillo Larrea
Apr
15
8:00 AM08:00

Escondido Falls w/ Carolina Castillo Larrea

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! 

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Kenneth Hahn Park w/ David Albertson
Apr
14
12:00 PM12:00

Kenneth Hahn Park w/ David Albertson

  • 4100 South La Cienega Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90056 United States (map)
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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

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Canyon Drive Trail to Hollywood Sign w/ Barbara Nance & David Isaacs
Apr
14
8:30 AM08:30

Canyon Drive Trail to Hollywood Sign w/ Barbara Nance & David Isaacs

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 LiesThe Simpsons and The Jeffersonsyou 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!

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Catalina Island w/ David Ginsburg
Apr
14
to Apr 15

Catalina Island w/ David Ginsburg

  • 1 Big Fisherman Cove, Avalon, CA 90704 (map)
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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!

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Griffith Park w/ Miguel Ordeñana (Peaks & Professionals)
Apr
7
9:30 AM09:30

Griffith Park w/ Miguel Ordeñana (Peaks & Professionals)

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!

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