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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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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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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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 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 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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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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