Join Peaks overnight icon Karin Huebner for a trip to the Channel Islands! We'll be heading to Santa Cruz Island (about 20 miles offshore in the Santa Barbara Channel). Although close to the mainland, the island is a different world with beautiful views, endemic species, isolated beaches, rugged mountains, and night skies full of stars. We'll be taking many moderate day hikes, with the longest one being about eight miles.
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!
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.
Do you like sand? A lot of it? In a pile? Well boy do we have the trip for you!!! Join Peaks & Professors as we embark on an amazing trip to Mojave National Preserve and Kelso Dunes with IR legend Nina Rathbun (and rumor has it she’ll bring along her husband, Prof. Brian Rathbun!)
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!
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.
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*
Dooooooo iittttttt. Join us for an amazing weekend with an amazing professor. We'll be leaving early Friday morning, camping Friday and Saturday nights, and returning early Sunday afternoon. Plan on hiking and sightseeing during the day!
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!
Join us on an excursion with Professor Stephanie Eggert to Tuttle Creek Ashram: a mountaintop stone building nestled high in the Eastern Sierra. Here we will practice meditation, learn about yoga technologies, and witness the beauty of the Sierras, foothills, and Ashram alike.
Join Peaks & Professors on our first overnight trip to the Channel Islands! We'll be heading to Santa Cruz Island about 20 miles offshore in the Santa Barbara Channel. Although close to the mainland, the island is a different world with beautiful views, endemic species, isolated beaches and night skies full of stars. We'll be taking many moderate dayhikes with the longest one about eight miles.
Was your New Years resolution to avoid dessert? Replace it with a healthy dose of desert! Join Peaks & Professors as we embark on an amazing trip to Mojave National Preserve and Kelso Dunes with biokinesiology whiz Jason Kutch. Commonly mixed up with the after-dinner treat (yikes, I know that was bad pls still come on a trip with me), deserts are one of California's hidden wonders and our weekend will be legendary. Join us as spend the night at Sunrise Rocks, hike Tetunia and watch the sun set from Kelso Dunes before we run full-speed down the sand mountains.
Peaks is proud to present our first OUT OF STATE trip through the red rocks and canyons of Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. Making the most of the long weekend, join us as we traverse some of the most iconic scenery of the American Southwest--Zion National Park, Buckskin Gulch, Valley of Fire ~it's lit~ State Park, and Black Canyon of the Colorado. Itinerary will be flexible based on weather conditions, but we'll be seeing some sick scenery. Additionally, the moon will be waning during this time, so get ready to see the darkest skies / most stars ever.