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!

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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 Recreation Center, located across from the Student Center, and inquiring at the front desk. If you want to streamline this process please visit 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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Dates: 9/7-9/9 | Registration Deadline: 8/31 at midnight
Cost: $70 for students, $50 for staff and $80 for the public


Spend the weekend hiking along the gorgeous Sonoma Coastline. Traverse within the over 20 miles of local, hidden wilderness and dip your toes in the cool Pacific Ocean. Discover the kelp-dotted coves and panoramic views as you take a break from the busy school year. In the words of naturalist John Muir,  “Come to the woods, for here is rest.”

Level: Beginner

Dates: 9/14-9/16 | Registration Deadline: 9/7 at midnight
Cost: $60 for students, $40 for staff and $70 for the public

Hike above the treeline in the Desolation Wilderness and catch the sunset reflecting off of Wright’s Lake’s crystal clear waters. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.” See for yourself why hundreds of people flock to this kingdom of granite!

Level: Beginner

Dates: 9/21-9/23 | Registration Deadline: 9/14 at midnight
Cost: $80 for students, $60 for staff and $90 for the public

Backpack above the treeline in the Desolation Wilderness and dip your feet in the cool waters of Dicks Lake. Catch sight of the sun rising at the crest of Eagle Falls and see for yourself why people can ’t stop talking about the kingdom of towering granite!

Level: Intermediate

    Dates: 9/21-9/22 | Registration Deadline: 9/14 at midnight
    Cost: $70 for students, $50 for staff and $70 for the public

    Located in the heart of California’s Lake Tahoe, Christmas Valley offers a plethora of bouldering options for the novice or experienced climber. Paired with spectacular views of the Sierra Nevadas, this trip is perfect for you first outdoor climbing experience!

    Level: Beginner

Dates: 10/6 | Registration deadline: 9/28 at midnight
Cost: $5 for students, $5 for staff and $10 for the public

Join Outdoor Pursuits and QSA as we hike along the spectacular Mount Tamalpais. Take in the breathtaking panorama of the Farallon Islands, the rolling hills of Marin, San Francisco, and Mount Diablo within an inclusive group of Sonoma State’s queer community. All folks are welcome on this local experience.

Level: Beginner

    Dates:10/6 | Registration deadline: 9/28 at midnight
    Cost: $230 for students, $140 for staff and $250 for the public


    Head out to the coast to gaze upon the majestic redwoods and walk along the bluffs. Catch sight of where the Russian River meets the sea and get the chance to see the magical bioluminescent plankton light up the sea and night’s sky. Understand why Vincent Van Gogh said, “I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”

    Level: Beginner

    Dates: 10/12-10/14 | Registration deadline: 10/5 at midnight
    Cost: $70 for students, $50 for staff and $70 for the public


    Tired of sitting around? Adventure is out there! Join Outdoor Pursuits in backpacking the stunning and coveted Lost Coast trail. Peer up at the soaring peaks of the King Range, towering over 4,000 feet above the Pacific as you walk along the wild and nearly untouched beaches. Spend your weekend in awe of one of Northern California’s mysterious wonders.

    Level: Beginner

    Dates: 11/4 | Registration deadline: 10/26 at midnight
    Cost: $5 for students, $5 for staff and $10 for the public


    Come explore the beautiful coastal waterfall deep within Point Reyes National Seashore. Catch the dramatic sights of the falls as water cascades over a 30 foot cliff onto the south end of Wildcat Beach with this Outdoor Pursuits day hike. Discover this hidden gem and learn why Frank Lloyd Wright said, “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”

    Level: Beginner

    Dates: 11/9-11/12 | Registration deadline: 11/2 at midnight
    Cost: $130 for students, $90 for staff and $150 for the public


    Join Outdoor Pursuits on this expedition of a lifetime! Take the holiday weekend to explore the beautiful landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park. Named after the elusive Joshua Tree, a symbol of hope, the park brings together the high and lower desert plants and animals of the Mojave and Colorado/Sonoran deserts. Weave through the boulders of Hidden Valley to take in the irreplaceable desert sunset. This epic adventure is one you will never forget.

    Level: Beginner

    Dates: 11/16-11/18 | Registration deadline: 11/9 at midnight
    Cost: $50 for students, $40 for staff and $50 for the public


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

    Level: Beginner

    Dates: 11/17 | Registration deadline: 11/9 at midnight
    Cost: $5 for students, $5 for staff and $10 for the public


    Spend a relaxing day hiking through this grove of towering Redwoods nestled in the hills above Guerneville. For all you Star Wars fans, it will remind you of the forests of Endor!

    Level: Beginner