Outdoor Pursuits

Outdoor Pursuits offers many trips, clinics 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!  Come join us! 
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.  All trips will include components on Leave No Trace outdoor ethics, principles and practices. Ready to sign up?  Check out our Schedule!

Download the Spring 2015 Outdoor Pursuits Trips Guide!

Fall 2014 Outdoor Pursuits Trips

Date Trip Early Bird Price Regular Price

Salt Point Day Hike | Kickback
Come get beachy with us on this fun day hike, exploring coastal trails.




Bay Area Bouldering | Moderate
Head over to Ring Mountain for an outdoor bouldering session with views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate, & the beautiful lands Marin County has to offer. All skill levels welcome.




Table Rock Day Hike | Moderate
Enjoy this hike through Robert Louis Stevenson State Park located in Calistoga. Experience beautiful views of valleys and vineyards on this Sonoma County classic!




Taylor Mountain Day Hike | Moderate
Frolic through oak woodlands & meadows on this day hike! Taylor Mt. is located just 10 minutes away from campus & is full of sweeping views of the Santa Rosa Plain. Nature lovers and adventurers, you don’t want to miss out on this magical trip!



2/6/15 to 2/8/15

Tahoe Winter Camping | Moderate
Join us on this oh-so-cozy & venturous winter extravaganza! Camp out & enjoy the dually peaceful & playful winter wonderland that Tahoe has to offer. Cross your fingers for snow! Note that this trip will be very cold. Early bird pricing until 1/23.




Love the Beach, Love Yo'self | Kickback
Partake in Campus Rec’s Celebrate Your Body & Self-Love week! Learn to love your body the way it is & be mindful of how to appreciate yourself in any form. Start by giving back with a couple of volunteer hours for a beach clean-up, then celebrate your mind & body by doing yoga on the beach, perhaps with a short hike.



2/20/15 to 2/22/15

Backpackin' Big Sur | Burly
Adventure to a place where the land, sea & giant redwood forests adjoin in Big Sur’s rugged landscape. Backpack through the many trails that the Big Sur area has to offer. Feelin’ a little chilly? No problem, this trip is full of loving warmth and hot springs! Early Bird pricing ends 2/6.



2/27/15 to 2/28/15

Hot Springs Retreat | Kickback
Get away from the daily grind of school & work on this rejuvenating two day trip. Venture to the beautiful Mendocino County with numerous redwoods & coastal views for a relaxing weekend of hot springs, cozy camping, & enjoy a day hike or two. Early Bird pricing ends 2/13.




Mt. St. Helena Climbing | Moderate
Come spend the day in Napa County top roping outside, enjoying the fresh breeze & sunshine with views of trees that seem neverending. Whether you’re a first-time climber or one with plenty of experience, all are welcome! Early Bird pricing ends 2/20.



3/14/15 to 3/21/15

UTAH Spring Break | Burly
One of our favorite trips of all time is happening again this year! Join us in venturing to Zion National Park, located in Utah. See what this beautiful place has to offer when you’re rappelling into canyons and backpacking through the park on this adventure of a lifetime! Early Bird pricing ends 3/2.



3/27/15 to 3/29/15

East County Bike Camping | Burly
Join us on this fabulous bike tour of beautiful East
Sonoma County! Ride roughly 30-40 miles a day & camp in  wonderful places at night. It will either be self-sufficient or van supported, depending on what the group would like to do. Must have own bike. Early Bird pricing ends 3/13.




Tomales Point Kayak Tour | Moderate
Journey to Tomales Bay on this wet n’ wild trip! Head out to Tomales Point for a full day of kayaking & exploring all that the north coast has to offer. This trip is capable of catering to special needs. Early Bird pricing ends 3/27.




Alamere Falls Day Hike | Kickback
Head out to Bolinas for this gorgeous day hike. Pass Bass Lake & head right out to the beach to view a rushing waterfall, wildflowers, & ocean beauty. Early Bird pricing ends 3/27.



4/17/15 to 4/19/15

Tahoe Rock Climbing | Moderate
South Lake Tahoe offers various routes in all its glory. Come spend a weekend with us & climb anywhere from 5.7 & up on granite faces & get deep in cracks! All levels of experience are welcome. Early Bird pricing ends 4/3.



4/24/15 to 4/26/15

Lassen Backpacking | Moderate
Explore the amazing Lassen Volcanic National Park on this great adventure! Discover the road less traveled by backpacking through the park & seeing what it truly has to offer. Early Bird pricing ends 4/10.



5/2/15 to 5/3/15

Cozy Camping: Samuel P. Taylor Park | Kickback
Celebrate the end of the semester with this relaxing camping trip. Laugh & play while you and your friends explore the redwood forests of Samuel P. Taylor. Early Bird pricing ends 4/24.



5/16/15 to 5/20/15

Intro to Trip Leading
Interested in becoming a trip leader for Outdoor Pursuits? Please inquire about attending this trip through our email or coming in to talk to us. We will be going over our policies, leading techniques, and technical skills on this 5 day backpacking trip; destination TBA. Early Bird pricing ends 4/24.



All trips include transportation, food, instruction, permits, and group and activity equipment unless otherwise noted.