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Sacramento, CA (SMF)

Explore the grandeur of northern California for three weeks! Discover why the Lost Coast is aptly named while backpacking along secluded beaches. Spend a day hiking among the world’s most majestic trees in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Become an Alzar School student for a four-day introduction to river leadership while whitewater rafting the Middle Klamath River. Mountain bike and rock climb in the shadows of Mt. Shasta before preparing for a summit attempt of the massive, neighboring Mt. Shastina. Finish the best three weeks of your life with sea kayaking on Lake Tahoe!

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Backpack the Lost Coast

Immerse yourself in the wildness of the most untouched stretch of beach in the country. Journey for four days among black sand and pebbly beaches and hop over barnacled boulders. Learn how to read a tide table, with steep cliffs on one side, and the vast expanse of the Pacific on the other. Some days may have bluebird skies, while on others you’ll drift in and out of mystical fog. This is one magical hike you and your friends will never, ever forget.

Whitewater raft the Middle Klamath River

Adventure Treks works with the renowned Alzar School, a 501c3 nonprofit leadership school based in Idaho, to guide this fun, educational introduction to river leadership course on the second-largest river in California. During their Klamath trip, students will learn how to navigate downriver as a team and look at environmental issues related to riparian ecosystems. And, of course, they’ll tackle exciting rapids and camp on river beaches at night. Bonus: Alzar School provides a semester of electives credit that can be incorporated onto students’ transcripts at their traditional school.

Mountain bike at Lake Siskiyou

No matter your skill level, all students love to ride the trails around Lake Siskiyou. Nestled at the foot of 14,179-foot Mt. Shasta, you can choose to bomb the downhills or take a mellower approach on more beginner-friendly tracks as you alternately wind through thickly forested areas and wide-open trails.

Rock climb at Cantara Rocks

This beautiful riverside crag has routes for all abilities. Progress in challenge as you feel ready, and when you’re ready to cool off, jump into one of several swimming holes in the Sacramento River just a few yards away!

Climb Mt. Shastina (12,335 feet)

A highlight of your trip will include the climb up Mt. Shastina, one of the tallest volcanoes in the Cascade Range at 12,335 feet. Learn how to use crampons and ice axes on this beautiful massif. Bonus: At the top, gaze upon the dazzling turquoise alpine lakes that only climbers get to see!

Sea kayak on Lake Tahoe

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more scenic paddle than on Lake Tahoe. After learning basic paddling strokes, we’ll launch from Sugar Pine Point State Park, whose two miles of pristine lakefront is lined with pine, fir, aspen, and juniper trees. Encircled by Sierra Nevada peaks reaching 10,000+ feet, we’ll paddle to a secluded beach for lunch and get to swim in the lake’s striking cobalt-blue waters. Bonus: We’ll get a fascinating history lesson of the ecology, geology, and human history surrounding the area!

Day hike in Squaw Valley

There are fewer trails near Lake Tahoe that show off the area’s granite architecture better than Shirley Canyon. This trail often meanders through granite slabs and veers around Squaw Creek, where mini cascades and wading pools abound. You’ll pass a tumbling waterfall in the first half-mile and be surrounded by colorful wildflowers (like purple common yarrow, yellow western deerweed, pink Indian paintbrush, and blue larkspur and lupine) the whole way. Shirley Lake awaits at the top, where we’ll take a dip to cool off. Some groups may continue their push on to High Camp, while others may opt to ride the tram back down to the trailhead. Up here, you’ll have a birds-eye view of Lake Tahoe and surrounding peaks.

Whitewater raft the American River

Top off your trip with a ride down the nationally designated Wild and Scenic American River! Fed by the crisp snow melt of the Sierra Nevada range and lush with vibrant vegetation, you’ll have a blast rolling down the continuous rapids. Don’t forget to look up for views of massive cliffs and snowy peaks!

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Included in Tuition:
  • All meals
  • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, and all group gear
  • Guided activities
Not Included in Tuition:
  • Airfare to and from Sacramento, CA (SMF)
  • Trip insurance (more info here)
  • Personal clothing and items (see the packing list here)



Mountain Biking


Rock Climbing

Sea Kayaking

Whitewater Rafting


Karla Claytor, Charlotte, NC

My daughter’s experience was everything we wanted for her: challenging, fun, and she was energized by the students and instructors around her. She felt safe and cared for, and it allowed her to stretch herself. She said her community was welcoming and nonjudgmental! She developed very close bonds with boys and girls and came away with an appreciation of what everyone contributed. Her favorite part and the one that will stick with her the longest was the spirit of the community.

Kris Cagle, Cincinnati, OH

Noah had a wonderful time! He couldn’t stop talking about the things he did. He is mentally stronger and physically did things he never thought possible. He seemed to really connect with Nate and Dan, although he enjoyed all of his instructors!
I think Jillian always had confidence and an interest in being an outdoorswoman, but the trip really boosted her even more. Summiting Mt Shastina was incredible for her. Since she’s been home she has been writing long letters in paper to her new friends and mailing them. She’s talked a lot about the cameraderie and the friends she made, and she also really liked the food.

Mike Kelly, Franklin Lakes, NJ

Adventure Treks is a great experience that allows your kids to mature and learn to make their own decisions and trust themselves. As a parent, it was rewarding because I realized how much I missed him and appreciated his newfound confidence. He said his group quickly came together and learned to communicate with each other. From eating together to taking road trips and amazing adventures, it was a real bonding experience.

Katie Davidoff, Steamboat Springs, CO

Adventure Treks is an exciting and fun program that promotes building independence, community, and perseverance… all skills needed in a 21st century world but not necessarily taught in a traditional classroom! The life skills, experiences, and friendships Emily gains at AT each summer are priceless! She loves the program and counts down the days until she returns each summer. Each summer when she returns home, we see a better, more mature version of Emily. She is truly in her happy place when she’s on an AT trip. She’s more independent in her daily life at home, but more important, she is open and receptive to coaching and growth opportunities. One of the reasons we selected AT for Emily is the quality of the staff. We are so impressed with the time and effort you put into the hiring process, instructional training, and your high return rate.

Dani Crichton, Potomac, MD

My daughter had an incredible experience outside of her comfort zone. She went to fascinating places, tried new activities, and made lifelong friends. And your office is phenomenal!