adventure trips

Calling all first years!  Each year ITW offers First-year Adventure Trips to beautiful destinations across California before the school year starts and we want YOU to join us! These trips run before school begins. ITW will take care of the food, group gear, permits, and transportation. Backpacks, headlamps, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads are available to rent through the club. If you have your own gear, feel free to bring it!  ITW leaders have great advice on how to store personal camping gear in the residence hall rooms during the school year. Skill levels of the trips will range from beginning car camping (no prior experience necessary) to intermediate backpacking (prior backpacking experience highly recommended).  For more information, please see each trip’s skill level description. 

Thanks to a generous grant this past year, we are able to make ALL Adventure Trips FREE for ALL students!

Sign-ups are first come first serve! In order to secure a spot on one of our awesome trips please follow the sign-up links below, which open on August 5th at 6PM PST. (Sign-ups will not be allowed before this time and date). A deposit will be required upon signup that will be refunded once the trips are finished. 

For any questions, feel free to contact us at intothewild@scu.edu. We are stoked to meet you and introduce you to some of the best outdoor locations in Northern California. Come with us to get up, get out, and get wild!  

Learn more on SCU’s website by clicking HERE

Fall 2019 Adventure Trips:

Big Sur Camping -  SIGN UP HERE August 5th       Number of participants (tickets):  9   Ticket Price:   FREE! (with deposit required)    Trip Description:  Join Dully and Duffy for a car camping adventure of a lifetime to Big Sur before you start your first year at Santa Clara! Our trip will take place Wednesday, 9/18, through Friday, 9/20, so you will be back in time for Welcome Weekend. We’ll be car camping, hiking, and swimming. (Car camping = camping with tents next to our cars). Our activities will include hiking around Big Sur, camping in Arroyo Seco, a beach day for fellow ocean loverz, plenty of tasty food, and the opportunity to make new friends!! This trip is for beginners, so come one come all! Whether you have lots of outdoor experience or none at all, we encourage you to join us!   Activities:  Hiking, Car Camping, Swimming, Beach Frolicking   Experience/Fitness Level:  Beginning car camping; no prior experience required   Leaders:  Nikki Dully and Miya Duffy

Big Sur Camping - SIGN UP HERE August 5th

Number of participants (tickets): 9

Ticket Price: FREE! (with deposit required)

Trip Description: Join Dully and Duffy for a car camping adventure of a lifetime to Big Sur before you start your first year at Santa Clara! Our trip will take place Wednesday, 9/18, through Friday, 9/20, so you will be back in time for Welcome Weekend. We’ll be car camping, hiking, and swimming. (Car camping = camping with tents next to our cars). Our activities will include hiking around Big Sur, camping in Arroyo Seco, a beach day for fellow ocean loverz, plenty of tasty food, and the opportunity to make new friends!! This trip is for beginners, so come one come all! Whether you have lots of outdoor experience or none at all, we encourage you to join us!

Activities: Hiking, Car Camping, Swimming, Beach Frolicking

Experience/Fitness Level: Beginning car camping; no prior experience required

Leaders: Nikki Dully and Miya Duffy

Emigrant Wilderness (Sierras) Backpacking -  SIGN UP HERE August 5th       Number of participants (tickets): 9    Ticket Price:   FREE! (with deposit required)    Trip Description:  Hey all! Come join Into the Wild Leaders Noel and Will on a 3 day, 2 night backpacking excursion in the Emigrant Wilderness. We will be departing early in the morning on Wednesday, September 18th, and returning around 5pm on Friday, September 20th. We are going to be hiking a little over 17 miles over these 3 awesome days on the Gem Lake Loop trail near Stanislaus National Forest, averaging out to about 6 miles a day. While checking out Gem Lake, we will also be seeking out wildlife, lakes, lily pads, great sunsets to swoon over, and new friendships! No camping or backpacking experience is required, but participants should be at a comfortable fitness level to carry an approximately 20 pound backpack each day with a moderate amount of elevation gain. We hope to see you soon!   Activities:  Hiking/Backpacking, Camping   Experience/Fitness Level:  Beginner level backpacking, little to no experience required. However, good physical fitness required to hike 5-6 miles a day.   Leaders:  Noel Del Toro and Will Dierker

Emigrant Wilderness (Sierras) Backpacking - SIGN UP HERE August 5th

Number of participants (tickets): 9

Ticket Price: FREE! (with deposit required)

Trip Description: Hey all! Come join Into the Wild Leaders Noel and Will on a 3 day, 2 night backpacking excursion in the Emigrant Wilderness. We will be departing early in the morning on Wednesday, September 18th, and returning around 5pm on Friday, September 20th. We are going to be hiking a little over 17 miles over these 3 awesome days on the Gem Lake Loop trail near Stanislaus National Forest, averaging out to about 6 miles a day. While checking out Gem Lake, we will also be seeking out wildlife, lakes, lily pads, great sunsets to swoon over, and new friendships! No camping or backpacking experience is required, but participants should be at a comfortable fitness level to carry an approximately 20 pound backpack each day with a moderate amount of elevation gain. We hope to see you soon!

Activities: Hiking/Backpacking, Camping

Experience/Fitness Level: Beginner level backpacking, little to no experience required. However, good physical fitness required to hike 5-6 miles a day.

Leaders: Noel Del Toro and Will Dierker


Inyo County (Sierras) Camping -  SIGN UP HERE August 5th       Number of participants (tickets):  10   Ticket Price:   FREE! (with deposit required)    Trip Description:  Howdy Wildling! We hope you will be able to join us on an awesome Adventure Trip!! We will make our way Eastward toward the beautiful Eastern Sierras. Departure will be the morning of Wednesday, September 18 and we will return to campus on Friday evening, September 20. Total of 2 nights camping and 3 days in the great outdoors. We will be camping! - car camping as we call it - but this does not mean we will be sleeping in cars. Don’t worry we will be comfy and cozy in tents. Each day, we will drive to different areas just south of Mono Lake. We will spend our days sweating a bit on awesome day hikes (think less than 8 miles and around 1000 elevation gain) then head to a local hot spring! Get ready to explore some of the beautiful natural area around Santa Clara that we are so fortunate to visit. AND get pumped to foster new friendships as you start this new chapter of life. No better way to get to know someone than spending time with them outdoors! No prior camping/outdoor experience is required, just a great attitude ready for some hiking, camping, and adventure!   Activities:  Hiking; Car Camping   Experience/Fitness Level:  Beginner Car Camping; No prior camping/outdoor experience required.   Leaders:  Nick Fazio and Ari Cepuli

Inyo County (Sierras) Camping - SIGN UP HERE August 5th

Number of participants (tickets): 10

Ticket Price: FREE! (with deposit required)

Trip Description: Howdy Wildling! We hope you will be able to join us on an awesome Adventure Trip!! We will make our way Eastward toward the beautiful Eastern Sierras. Departure will be the morning of Wednesday, September 18 and we will return to campus on Friday evening, September 20. Total of 2 nights camping and 3 days in the great outdoors. We will be camping! - car camping as we call it - but this does not mean we will be sleeping in cars. Don’t worry we will be comfy and cozy in tents. Each day, we will drive to different areas just south of Mono Lake. We will spend our days sweating a bit on awesome day hikes (think less than 8 miles and around 1000 elevation gain) then head to a local hot spring! Get ready to explore some of the beautiful natural area around Santa Clara that we are so fortunate to visit. AND get pumped to foster new friendships as you start this new chapter of life. No better way to get to know someone than spending time with them outdoors! No prior camping/outdoor experience is required, just a great attitude ready for some hiking, camping, and adventure!

Activities: Hiking; Car Camping

Experience/Fitness Level: Beginner Car Camping; No prior camping/outdoor experience required.

Leaders: Nick Fazio and Ari Cepuli

Point Reyes Backpacking -  SIGN UP HERE August 5th       Number of participants (tickets):  8   Ticket Price:   FREE! (with deposit required)    Trip Description:  First year wildlings! Are you looking to meet other zany adventure-seekers like yourself before starting college? Come join three Into the Wild leaders on this three day, two night backpacking expedition to Point Reyes and revel in all of the biodiverse glory this National Seashore has to offer. We will be departing on Wednesday, September 18th at 8:15AM and returning Friday, September 20th by 5PM. We are going to be hiking a total of 15 miles over three days in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, searching for wildlife, scenic vistas, and new friendships. Over the three days, we will enter Castle Rock State Park, Big Basin State Park, and Portola Redwoods State Park. This trip a beginner backpacking trip but be prepared to carry all of your own gear as well as some group gear! Be prepared for a little bit of strenuous activity, some beach time, and a whole lot of fun! Your leaders will take care of the logistics––food, tents, supplies––all you need to bring is your personal gear (sleeping bags, sleeping pads, headlamps, backpacks available to rent) and a whole lot of enthusiasm! We can’t wait to meet all of you nature junkies!   Activities:  Hiking/Backpacking, Camping, Beach-going   Experience/Fitness Level:  Beginner Backpacking, little to no previous experience required. Good physical fitness highly recommended.   Leaders:  Kevin Corrigan, Cate Ralph, and Amanda Pretti

Point Reyes Backpacking - SIGN UP HERE August 5th

Number of participants (tickets): 8

Ticket Price: FREE! (with deposit required)

Trip Description: First year wildlings! Are you looking to meet other zany adventure-seekers like yourself before starting college? Come join three Into the Wild leaders on this three day, two night backpacking expedition to Point Reyes and revel in all of the biodiverse glory this National Seashore has to offer. We will be departing on Wednesday, September 18th at 8:15AM and returning Friday, September 20th by 5PM. We are going to be hiking a total of 15 miles over three days in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, searching for wildlife, scenic vistas, and new friendships. Over the three days, we will enter Castle Rock State Park, Big Basin State Park, and Portola Redwoods State Park. This trip a beginner backpacking trip but be prepared to carry all of your own gear as well as some group gear! Be prepared for a little bit of strenuous activity, some beach time, and a whole lot of fun! Your leaders will take care of the logistics––food, tents, supplies––all you need to bring is your personal gear (sleeping bags, sleeping pads, headlamps, backpacks available to rent) and a whole lot of enthusiasm! We can’t wait to meet all of you nature junkies!

Activities: Hiking/Backpacking, Camping, Beach-going

Experience/Fitness Level: Beginner Backpacking, little to no previous experience required. Good physical fitness highly recommended.

Leaders: Kevin Corrigan, Cate Ralph, and Amanda Pretti


Trinity Alps -     SIGN UP HERE      August 5th     Number of participants (tickets): 9    Ticket Price:   FREE! (with deposit required)    Trip Description:  Howdy New Wildings! Come join us and your fellow first years for some Intermediate Backpacking in the Trinity Alps. The Trinity Alps mixes the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with the magnificence of the Sierra mountains, so they’re a perfect place to go to get to know the California wild. We will complete the Four Lakes Loop trail, backpacking through alpine meadows, crystal clear lakes, and green, green forests. Don’t be fooled, there’s a whole lot of elevation to gain, so this trip is not for faint of heart. This trip is perfect for those who love seeing the stars, making new friends, and adventuring in the great outdoors. We strongly recommend previous backpacking experience or extensive hiking experience.  We will depart from campus the morning of Wednesday, September 18th and drive north to Shasta- Trinity Alps National Forest, then hit the trails to hike 5 miles with 2,000 feet of elevation gain to our campsite at Echo Lake. On Thursday, we’ll traverse mountains, lakes and meadows on a lovely 7 mile hike, reaching Siligo Meadows. On our last day, we’ll trek the final 7 miles back to the trailhead, then drive back to Santa Clara. We’re stoked to adventure with you as you start your time here at Santa Clara! Get up, get out, get wild!   Activities:  Hiking/Backpacking, Camping   Experience/Fitness Level:  Intermediate Backpacking; Backpacking experience is highly recommended; Hiking experience and being in good shape is a must as well we be covering 5-6 miles a day with large elevation gain.   Leaders:  Kirsten Dodroe, Pierce Klinke, and Nick Keenan

Trinity Alps - SIGN UP HERE August 5th

Number of participants (tickets): 9

Ticket Price: FREE! (with deposit required)

Trip Description: Howdy New Wildings! Come join us and your fellow first years for some Intermediate Backpacking in the Trinity Alps. The Trinity Alps mixes the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with the magnificence of the Sierra mountains, so they’re a perfect place to go to get to know the California wild. We will complete the Four Lakes Loop trail, backpacking through alpine meadows, crystal clear lakes, and green, green forests. Don’t be fooled, there’s a whole lot of elevation to gain, so this trip is not for faint of heart. This trip is perfect for those who love seeing the stars, making new friends, and adventuring in the great outdoors. We strongly recommend previous backpacking experience or extensive hiking experience.

We will depart from campus the morning of Wednesday, September 18th and drive north to Shasta- Trinity Alps National Forest, then hit the trails to hike 5 miles with 2,000 feet of elevation gain to our campsite at Echo Lake. On Thursday, we’ll traverse mountains, lakes and meadows on a lovely 7 mile hike, reaching Siligo Meadows. On our last day, we’ll trek the final 7 miles back to the trailhead, then drive back to Santa Clara. We’re stoked to adventure with you as you start your time here at Santa Clara! Get up, get out, get wild!

Activities: Hiking/Backpacking, Camping

Experience/Fitness Level: Intermediate Backpacking; Backpacking experience is highly recommended; Hiking experience and being in good shape is a must as well we be covering 5-6 miles a day with large elevation gain.

Leaders: Kirsten Dodroe, Pierce Klinke, and Nick Keenan