Outdoor Pursuits Trips

Beginning with its inception in the early 90’s, Outdoor Pursuits has been comprised of a group of SSU students, faculty and staff who share a love for the outdoors and sharing it with others! At Outdoor Pursuits we consider ourselves stewards of the earth and we are continuously evolving our methods of practicing minimum impact philosophies, educating about sustainability and working to facilitate safe and ecologically sound activities. In attempting to infuse more sustainable practices in each of our trips all meals are vegetarian and primarily organic.

Outdoor Pursuits offers many trips, workshops and programs for the Sonoma State University Community each semester! Our programs include activities such as hiking, backpacking, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, mountaineering, cycle touring, mountain biking, hot spring soaking, backcountry cooking and camping. To supplement our programs ODP also offers a range of Wilderness Medicine courses and Wilderness Orientation experiences throughout the year. While our trips and courses may vary in terms of commitment and physical demands, all trips are designed for those with little or no prior experience in mind. Outdoor Pursuits trips are a great way to gain knowledge and experience with outdoor skills, make new friends, escape into the natural world and explore the limits of what you are capable of! All trips will include components on leave no trace outdoor ethics, principles and practices.

Ready to sign up? Come join us! Check out our schedule below and click on the link in the description to sign up.

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ODP trips are open to the student body at Sonoma State University and the public at large. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian but are welcome on our trips.
Signing up for a trip is as simple as visiting the description below and signup online. Please alsovisit the Registration and Forms page and bring in signed copies of the Outdoor Pursuits Waiver and Medical form.
All of our prices include experienced instructors, campground permits, maps, food (on multi day trips), group gear such as stoves, water filters, tents, first aid and cook kits. Trip fees also include the price of group transportation and gas expenses. In some cases, we hire professional guide services to assist us with our trips. The cost of the guide is also included in the cost.
Any personal gear (pg), or personal snacks. Personal gear may include items such as water bottles, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, headlamps, clothing, etc… Fortunately, most of these items are for rent through the Outdoor Resource Center.

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Date: 2/16 | Registration Deadline: 2/8 by midnight


Spend a relaxing day traversing through the towering old-growth redwoods of Muir Woods National Park. Take in the hillside views of the beautiful Pacific ocean, the treetops, and the adjacent Mount Tamalpais. Transportation included.


Level: Beginner. Participants are responsible for meeting the group at the Outdoor Resource Center in the Recreation Center for a pre-trip meeting at 7:00pm on 2/13.


Price: Student $25.00, Public $25.00, Student Staff: $20.00

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Date: 2/23 | Registration Deadline: 2/15 by midnight


Indian Rock is inner city bouldering at its best! Nestled in the heart of Berkeley, this local favorite is known for its easy approach and accessible setting. Join Outdoor Pursuits and solve some problems. Beginners and more experienced climbers are welcome.


Level: Beginner/ Intermediate. Participants are responsible for meeting the group at the Outdoor Resource Center in the Recreation Center for a pre-trip meeting at 7:00 pm on 2/20.


Price: Student $10.00, Public $20.00, Student Staff: $10.00

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Date: 3/9 | Registration Deadline: 3/1 by midnight


Head out to Point Reyes National Seashore and see why this local treat is a staple for any outdoor enthusiast. Spend the day hiking along this tucked away stretch of beautiful California coast and take in the green forests of moss, foggy beaches, and unique wildlife.


Level: Beginner. Participants are responsible for meeting the group at the Outdoor Resource Center in the Recreation Center for a pre-trip meeting at 7:00pm on 3/6.


Price: Student $5.00, Public $10.00, Student Staff: $5.00

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    Date: 3/16-3/22 | Registration Deadline: 3/8 by midnight


    Join Outdoor Pursuits on this expedition of a lifetime! Take a week to explore the beautiful landscapes of Zion and Joshua Tree National Parks.Weave through the boulders of Hidden Valley to take in the irreplaceable desert sunset. Take in the towering red cliffs in a tour of Zion National Park. Watch as the Virgin River flows to the Emerald Pools, featuring breathtaking waterfalls and a hanging garden. Don’t miss out on what is sure to be an unforgettable adventure.


    Level: Beginner. Participants are responsible for meeting the group at the Outdoor Resource Center in the Recreation Center for a pre-trip meeting at 7:00 pm on 3/13.


    Price: Student $240.00, Public $270.00, Student Staff: $170.00

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Date: 3/30 | Registration Deadline: 3/22 by midnight


Venture off campus and see all that Annadel State Park has to offer. Catch sight of the gorgeous waves of spring wildflowers along Lake Ilsanjo and the park’s volcanic rock formations. This hidden local treat is sure to impress any hiker!


Level: Beginner. Participants are responsible for meeting the group at the Outdoor Resource Center in the Recreation Center for a pre-trip meeting at 7:00 pm on 3/27.


Price: Student $5.00, Public $10.00, Student Staff: $5.00

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    Date: 3/30-3/31 | Registration Deadline: 3/22 by midnight


    Floating above and on the Pacific Ocean, Goat Rock is a great place for any bouldering or top roping enthusiast. With route names like Heel Hooker Traverse, Potato Chip Arete,The Final Exam, and The Specialist, get ready for an unforgettable weekend. All Bay Area climbers should make their way out to Goat Rock at least once. Some climbing experience is encouraged, but not necessary.


    Level: Beginner/ Intermediate. Participants are responsible for meeting the group at the Outdoor Resource Center in the Recreation Center for a pre-trip meeting at 8:00 pm on 3/27.


    Price: Student $50.00, Public $50.00, Student Staff: $30.00

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    Date: 4/5-4/7 | Registration Deadline: 3/29 by midnight


    Discover Pinnacles, the National Park born of fire. See for yourself the unique and picturesque landscape created by over 23 million years of lava flow. Take in the rare talus caves, hike among canyon bottoms and chaparral forests, and climb amongst towering rock spires. This beginner trip has it all!


    Level: Beginner. Participants are responsible for meeting the group at the Outdoor Resource Center in the Recreation Center for a pre-trip meeting at 7:00 pm on 4/3.


    Price: Student $80.00, Public $90.00, Student Staff: $60.00

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    Date: 4/13 | Registration Deadline: 4/5 by midnight


    Join us for an exciting adventure paddle boarding along the Russian River! Learn the ins and outs of paddle boarding on this relaxing tour as we glide along with only the sound of our paddles gently breaking the water's surface. Soon the water begins its magical embrace, taking you on a peaceful journey through a part of Sonoma County you never dreamed existed. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity!


    Level: Beginner. Participants are responsible for meeting the group at the Outdoor Resource Center in the Recreation Center for a pre-trip meeting at 7:00 pm on 4/10.


    Price: Student $100.00, Public $110.00, Student Staff: $90.00

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    Date: 4/20 | Registration Deadline: 4/12 by midnight


    Come take in the 450-acre Fairfield Osborn Preserve, which lies at the top of Sonoma Mountain overlooking Valley of the Moon to the north. The locally supported preserve promotes remarkably diverse displays of aquatic invertebrate communities, fauna, and eye catching plant life. Spend your Earth Day celebrating the beauty of our local ecosystems with Outdoor Pursuits and the Fairfield Osborn Preserve.


    Level: Beginner. Participants are responsible for meeting the group at the Outdoor Resource Center in the Recreation Center for a pre-trip meeting at 7:00 pm on 4/17.


    Price: Student $5.00, Public $10.00, Student Staff: $5.00

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    Date: 4/26-4/28 | Registration Deadline: 4/19 by midnight


    Explore one of California hidden gems, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Based out of Big Sur Country this coastline park stretches into towering ridges and features pristine waters, cool madrone and chaparral forests, and an 80-foot waterfall cascading over granite cliffs. Spend the weekend with Outdoor Pursuits the panoramic views of this cove of paradise.


    Level: Beginner. Participants are responsible for meeting the group at the Outdoor Resource Center in the Recreation Center for a pre-trip meeting at 7:00 pm on 4/24.


    Price: Student $90.00, Public $100.00, Student Staff: $60.00

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    Date: 5/3-5/5 | Registration Deadline: 4/26 by midnight


    Spend the weekend traversing through the famous, grand wilderness that is Yosemite Valley. In the words of naturalist John Muir: “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” Spend a weekend at the foot of some of the most infamous mountains in the world!


    Level: Intermediate. Participants are responsible for meeting the group at the Outdoor Resource Center in the Recreation Center for a pre-trip meeting at 7:00 pm on 5/1.


    Price: Student $80.00, Public $90.00, Student Staff: $60.00

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