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!

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Fall 2014 Outdoor Pursuits Trips

Date Trip Early Bird Price Regular Price

Coastal Climbing | Kickback
Enjoy a chill day bouldering along the coast at one of our favorite local areas. Learn some climbing skills and put them to the test. All experience levels welcome!




Annadel Hike and Swim | Moderate
North of SSU, Annadel State Park is a local favorite for hikers, mountain bikers, and swimmers. Spend the day hiking around and take a swim in Lake Ilsanjo.




Hood Mountain Day Hike | Burly
Spend the day summiting the highest peak in Sonoma County while enjoying a mix of shady forest and drier, rockier terrain.




Day at the Beach | Kickback
Relax and make new friends as we take you to a beach along the Northern California coastline. Engage in games, frisbee, snacking, soaking up the sun, and perhaps even a swim!



9/6/14 to 9/7/14

White Water Rafting | Kickback
Come on a wet 'n wild adventure! Raft Class I to III rapids on the South Fork of the American River, camp out that night and return the next morning. Early Bird pricing until 8/27.



9/12/14 to 9/14/14

Yosemite 'Splorin | Moderate
Car camp in one of the natural wonders of the world, Yosemite Valley! Spend the days hiking and exploring the lands of this majestic wilderness. Early Bird pricing until 8/29.



9/27/14 to 9/28/14

Bioluminescent Kayak Camping | Moderate
Bioluminescence is a light generated through a chemical reaction in an organism under specific conditions. Spend a night kayak camping out on Tomales Bay to experience this natural phenomenon with the strokes of your paddle and the glides of your kayak illuminating the water beneath you. Early Bird pricing until 9/10.




Mt. Tamalpais Summit | Burly
Hike to the top of one of our local gems, Mt. "Tam". Challenge your limits and summit this amazing mountain with great views of San Francisco and Marin County. Early Bird pricing until 9/17.




Mt. St. Helena Summit | Burly
Mt. St. Helena has beautiful views to offer with dense forests and open ridges. if you're feeling really burly, join us for the whole weekend for these 2 back-to-back summits. If just one sounds good to you, that's okay too! Early Bird pricing until 9/17.



10/8/14 to 10/9/14

Lunar Eclipse Camping | Kickback
Join us on a night-time adventure at Austin Creek during the lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse happens only once a year, so become a night owl and spend this one with us enjoying this natural phenomenon! Early Bird pricing until 9/24.



10/10/14 to 10/12/14

Lost Coast Backpacking | Moderate
The Lost Coast is where the giant redwoods meet black sandy beaches up in Humboldt County. This backpacking adventure will leave you appreciating life more than you ever have before. Early Bird pricing until 9/24.



10/17/14 to 10/19/14

South Lake Tahoe Climbing | Moderate
South Lake Tahoe offers various routes in all its glory. Come spend a weekend with us and climb anywhere from 5.7 and up on granite faces and get deep in cracks! Early Bird pricing until 10/1.



10/25/14 to 10/26/14

Backpacking 101: Pt. Reyes | Kickback
Explore one of our local favorites, Pt. Reyes, on this laid-back 3-day trip. Learn basic backpacking skills and wander through majestic flora and fauna, as well as spend some time on the refreshing beach. Early Bird pricing until 10/8.



11/7/14 to 11/9/14

Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking | Burly
North of Yosemite Valley, Emigrant has quite a lot to offer. Backpack among volcanic ridges and peaks, as well as sparsely vegetated, granite ridges with numerous lakes and meadows. Early Bird pricing until 10/22.



11/14/14 to 11/16/14

Bike Camping | Moderate
Navigate on your bike from SSU to some coastal campgrounds nearby. Camp, eat, laugh, be colors in the wind, sightsee, and push your limits along the way on this van-supported bike camping tour! Early Bird pricing until 10/31.




Stargazing Night Hike | Kickback
Venture through SSU's own Fairfield Osborne Preserve under a new moon and a blanket full of stars. Start hiking at sunset and gaze at the stars throughout the night!



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