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.

Come join us! Ready to sign up? 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: 9/2 | Registration Deadline: 8/29
Level: Beginner
Cost: $5
Get to know Sonoma County with this well-known, classic regional park! Get a feel for the rolling, oak woodland hills with this quintessential North Bay destination. 

Dates: 9/3 | Registration Deadline: 8/29
Level: Beginner
Cost: $5
Head out to the coast to gaze upon the majestic coastal redwoods and walk along the bluffs. Catch sight of where the Russian River meets the sea and get the chance to see a popular Elephant Seal hangout!

Dates: 9/8-9/10 | Registration Deadline: 9/1
Level: Intermediate
Cost: $60
Backpack above the tree line in the Desolation Wilderness and dip your feet in the cool waters of Lake Aloha. See for yourself why hundreds of people flock to this kingdom of granite!

Dates: 9/10 | Registration Deadline: 9/1
Level: Beginner
Cost: $5
Get a glimpse of the Bay Area with this climbing trip to Marin County. Perfect for you first outdoor climbing experience!

    Dates: 9/15 | Registration Deadline: 9/10
    Level: Intermediate
    Cost: $10
    Located in Robert Louis Stevenson Park, Mt. St. Helena offers some of the most scenic climbing in the North Bay. Join our staff for a day filled with climbing high above Napa Valley.

Dates: 9/22-9/24 | Registration deadline: 9/15
Level: Intermediate
Cost: $75
Spend the weekend traversing through the famous, grand wilderness that is Yosemite. In the words of naturalist John Muir: “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

    Dates: 9/23-9/24 | Registration deadline: 9/15
    Level: Beginner
    Cost: $40
    Experience climbing in this lovely state park, which offers some of the best bouldering spots in Sonoma County. You’ll be surrounded by lush, green hills, ancient oak trees, and towering pines on this overnight excursion.

    Dates: 9/29-10/1 | Registration Deadline: 9/22
    Level: Beginner
    Cost: $70
    A few miles away from the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park offers the best of both worlds. On this trip, you’ll be able to experience marine wildlife and the flora surrounding the Big Sur River.

    Dates: 10/6-10/8 | Registration Deadline: 9/29
    Level: Beginner
    Cost: $70
    Camp in this majestic meadow nestled in Yosemite National Park. Located at over 8,700 feet above sea level, Tuolumne Meadows offers the Yosemite experience without the crowds.

    Dates: 10/13-10/15 | Registration Deadline: 10/6
    Level: Intermediate
    Cost: $65
    Nothing makes a backpacking trip better than hot springs! Come with ODP on this trip where we will hike hard and be rewarded with a trip to the Iva Bell Hot Springs in the exquisite Eastern Sierras.

    Dates: 10/20 | Registration Deadline: 10/13
    Level: Beginner
    Cost: $85
    Encounter one of the natural wonders of Tomales Bay as the water lights up beneath you during this nighttime kayaking excursion.

    Dates: 10/21 | Registration Deadline: 10/13
    Level: Beginner
    Cost: $5
    Spend a relaxing day hiking through this grove of Redwoods nestled in the hills above Guerneville. For all you Star Wars fans, it will remind you of the forests of Endor!

    Dates: 10/28 | Registration Deadline: 10/20
    Level: Intermediate
    Cost: $5
    Head East to climb the volcanic remnants left behind from California’s turbulent upbringing. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to see all the way to the ocean!

    Dates: 11/3-11/5 | Registration Deadline: 10/27
    Level: Beginner
    Cost: $60
    Trek North up the Mendocino Coast to an old logging town by the sea! Discover glass beaches as well as tidal pools filled with a variety of marine life.

    Dates: 11/9-11/12 | Registration Deadline: 11/3
    Level: Intermediate
    Cost: $90
    Head to the Eastern Sierra’s on this 3-day weekend adventure to one of the most iconic climbing spots on the West Coast. Enjoy bouldering and camping with a 360-degree view of the snow capped peaks looming around you!

    Dates: 11/17-11/19 | Registration Deadline: 11/10
    Level: Beginner
    Cost: $65
    Head to the beach to backpack one of the mysterious wonders of Northern California. Wake up to the sound of Tule Elk and the waves crashing as you backpack along the beach for the weekend.