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Skull Rock via Temescal Canyon w/ Andrew Hires {Biology}
Mar
3
8:00 AM08:00

Skull Rock via Temescal Canyon w/ Andrew Hires {Biology}

  • 15601 Sunset Boulevard Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272 United States (map)
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Join expert neuroscientist, Andrew Hires, on a 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.

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Temescal Canyon and Lake Shrine w/ Dean Varun Soni {Religious Life}
Feb
10
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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Malibu Creek State Park w/ Paul Tokorcheck {Mathematics}
Jan
26
8:00 AM08:00

Malibu Creek State Park w/ Paul Tokorcheck {Mathematics}

  • 1925 Las Virgenes Road Calabasas, CA, 91302 United States (map)
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Interested in walking through a lush valley with canyon views and rock pools? Join us for a beautiful hike through Malibu Creek State Park. We’ll be hiking Crags Rd to the M * A * S * H * TV show set and then finishing it off with some rock scrambling around a rock pool!

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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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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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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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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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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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White Water Canyon Loop w/ Jim Burklo
Mar
24
8:00 AM08:00

White Water Canyon Loop w/ Jim Burklo

Spectacular vistas of mountains, desert, and dramatic river canyon. The semi-arduous climb to the top of the trail does bring up some risk/reward questions. There are points alongside the creek where you can almost swim and definitely splash around in, as well as rocks to scramble up! Hopefully we will see some wild flowers in bloom this time of year. 

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Arroyo Seco w/ Michael Shindler
Mar
24
8:00 AM08:00

Arroyo Seco w/ Michael Shindler

  • Arroyo Seco Trail Los Angeles, CA United States (map)
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Coming back to campus after Spring Break got you feeling down? Get outside and enjoy the fresh air on this easy hike of the Arroyo Seco trail in Pasadena with Computer Science Lecturer Michael Shindler! Professor Shindler is famous for making difficult concepts easy through his jokes about that school on the other side of LA. More importantly, he also appreciates a good meme, especially featuring the USC Computer Science department. 

We will start out near the NASA Jet Propulsion laboratory, just outside Pasadena. Our hike will take us away from the highway into the thick of the Angeles National Forest. We'll stop about halfway to ponder the applications of discrete math and eat a snack, and head back the same way. 

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Los Liones Trail w/ Adlai Wertman
Feb
18
8:30 AM08:30

Los Liones Trail w/ Adlai Wertman

Take advantage of the long weekend and come enjoy an inspiring hike over the Pacific with an equally inspiring USC professor! Los Liones Trail winds through Topanga State Park before reaching the iconic Parker Mesa Overlook that delivers spectacular views of Santa Monica and the coast. Be prepared to find yourself intrigued and moved by Adlai Wertman's stories of social entrepeneurship and leadership. Rumor has it there may even be post-hike doughnuts at Professor Wertman's house!

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Switzer Falls w/ Kim Morris-Eggleston
Feb
11
8:30 AM08:30

Switzer Falls w/ Kim Morris-Eggleston

We'll start the trip by all having breakfast at Kim's house and then head over to the extremely nearby Angeles National Forest to hike to Switzer Falls. This will be an easy 3.5~ mile hike to a waterfall, where we'll hopefully find actual water and we'll definitely have amazing discussions. Kim is one of the most interesting, enthusiastic people you'll ever have the privilege of talking to and hey, who can say no to having a professor make you breakfast? 

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Switzer Falls w/ Jonathan Markowitz
Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Switzer Falls w/ Jonathan Markowitz

Looking for a chance to escape the USC bubble before midterms begin?? Join us for a hike to Switzer Falls, a classic ~3.5 mile hike in the San Gabriel Mountains. Accompanied by IR professor Jonathan Markowitz you can hear all about his briefing of the state department on security in the Arctic and more in his upcoming book project. You also may or may not have the opportunity to see running water that isn't one of the bajillion fountains on campus! Don't miss out!! 

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Hollywood Reservoir w/ Thomas Habinek
Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

Hollywood Reservoir w/ Thomas Habinek

Come spend a chill day on the trail with Professor Thomas Habinek, longtime chair of the Classics department at USC. Recognize him from on stage or on the big screen? Professor Habinek has opened USC commencement by reading the traditional charge in Latin and Greek for several years. Join us as we experience the Hollywood sign from a new angle!

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Santa Ynez Falls w/ Andy Campbell
Nov
5
9:30 AM09:30

Santa Ynez Falls w/ Andy Campbell

We disagree with TLC, come chase waterfalls with USC's newest, coolest, best-dressed Roski professor. The rivers and lakes can wait, you'll be having too good of a time on this easy hike through a shady creek-side trail. There may or may not be a waterfall, but there will definitely be ~deep~ discussions and a constant snack supply. Maybe if you're lucky Andy will call you a unicorn like he called this trip lead a unicorn. She passed away right then & there. RIP in peace.

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