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. Experience immense bonding with your new friends 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 along Point Reyes National Seashore!
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California Adventure Itinerary
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
Spend three days bonding with your friends paddling inflatable kayaks and rafts down the Middle Klamath, the second-largest river in the state. Hop out of your raft and hike to some of the coolest waterfalls you’ve ever splashed around in, and gather around beautiful campsites at night. Top it all off with splash wars while you’re surrounded by dramatic, lush greenery!
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!
Summit attempt of Mt. Shastina
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 along Point Reyes National Seashore
No binoculars needed for wildlife viewing here! Paddle for two days among an abundance of marine and wildlife, including osprey, harbor seals, pelicans, bat rays, and more. At night, set up camp on the shores of this pristine stretch of coastline, and reflect with your friends on the most fun and special three weeks of your life!
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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
- Trip insurance
- Personal clothing and items (see our packing list here)
The focus on creating an space for Carole’s growth really appealed to me. Not many places allow individuals to discover themselves, and Adventure Treks focuses on just that. She said it was really fun! Glad she went and wants to go again next year. The office’s total focus is on the experience for my child and that came through in every communication resoundingly well! Once the trip began, while most camps focus only on the child and talk to the parent only when they are picking up their child, AT kept me in the loop and I felt like I was in a small way a part of it.
We chose the program on the recommendation of a friend and sent Jillian without really knowing what to expect. She had an absolutely amazing time and hasn’t stopped smiling since she came home. She has talked a lot since she got home about what a great experience it was. She definitely wants to go back next year!
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.
Adventure Treks really created an environment for Ryan to be his best, learn from others, and have a carefree, electronics-free experience. It challenged him physically and mentally and is an experience that he treasures. His favorite part of the trip was the bonding of the community.
The California Adventure gave Mackenzie greater responsibility in making choices about how she collaborates with her instructors and community, gave her ample opportunities to show her strengths, and provided her with occasions that allowed her to refine area of opportunity. With Adventure Treks, the community works together. She felt that her community was welcoming and open to everyone’s ideas, cultures, and interests. Most everyone worked well together in support of the team. Mackenzie’s favorite part of the trip was the rafting because everyone was together, but it offered an opportunity for everyone to go into smaller groups with different people. This allowed her to meet and get to know her community better so she could be a better team member.