Trips

Registrations will be open, in-person only, at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center on August 26th, the first day of the Fall semester.
The Outdoor Adventures Rental office will be open from 10 AM - 5 PM Monday through Friday. All trips have a limited number of spots available.

Our programs are available to all current CSUN students. We have trips for every skill level, from novice to expert. The guidelines below will help you select adventures that are right for you. If you’re unsure about your skill level, call or stop by the Outdoor Adventures office, and our staff will help you.

  1. Level 0: Adventure travel at its most relaxed pace for people seeking a remarkable experience with low-intensity
  2. Level 1: Great for outdoor novices and those new to active travel who are seeking more knowledge of the outdoor world
  3. Level 2: Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts looking for stimulating adventure in the great outdoors
  4. Level 3: Recommended for fit travelers with basic skills who want an exciting trip with the same fantastic outdoor experience with a little more physical intensity

Please note that you need to sign up at the Outdoor Adventures office for our trips no later than 5pm the day before the scheduled date. Open spots fill up quickly, so sign up as early as possible.

Trip Pricing and Details

Backpacking Trips

Camping Trips

Hiking Trips

Snowboarding Trips

Rafting Trips

Cycling Trips

Special Trips

Climbing Trips

Water Trips


Backpacking

 

Redwoods Backpacking

Date: 11/28-12/01 (Thanksgiving) 

Student Price: $200

Gain valuable knowledge on the basics of backpacking, while in one of California’s most well-known homes of the Red Giants, Portola State Park. In this introductory trip you will learn how to properly pack your bag, visit beautiful viewpoints, experience how to safely filter your water, practice the "Leave no Trace" lifestyle that we practice, and so much more! This is one of the most immersive ways to experience the magnificent Redwoods at its heart.


This trip is located on the ancestral land of:  Quiroste, Cotoni, and Ohlone

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Group gear (tents, cooking equipment, etc.)
  • Personal camping gear (sleeping bags, headlamp, ground pad, etc.)
  • All related camping fees and permits
  • 6 Meals
  • All related backpacking equipment
  • Experienced trip leaders

Not Included:

  • 2 meals while traveling (will stop at restaurants)

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be decided on during the pre-trip meeting in the Outdoor Adventure Center. Look out for an email about the meeting a week before the trip departure date.

Strenuousness Level: 3


Camping

 

Camp and Explore: Yosemite Facelift

Date: 9/19-9/27

Student Price: $175

As if Yosemite could become more beautiful, and help spark even more life into Yosemite National Park. You will help clean up the park along with hundreds of volunteers. You will not only help clean up the park, but there will be a raffle Saturday night and other activities alongside the event. Facelift has been an event that has been going on for the past 15 years. Be a part of history and beautify the park.

This trip is located on the ancestral land of: Southern Sierra Miwok, Ahwahneechee, Yokut, Chukchansi, and Sierra Mono

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Group gear (tents, cooking equipment, etc.)
  • Personal camping gear (sleeping bags, headlamp, ground pad, etc.)
  • All related camping fees and permits
  • Meals included while at Yosemite
  • Experienced trip leaders

Camping Accommodations 

  • Flushing Toilets
  • Tent Camping
  • Showers

Not Included:

  • 2 meals while traveling (will stop at restaurants)

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be decided on during the pre-trip meeting in the Outdoor Adventure Center. Look out for an email about the meeting a week before the trip departure date.

Strenuousness Level: 2

 

Camp and Explore: Sequoia National Park

Date: 10/4-10/6

Student Price: $175

Enjoy a weekend out in Sequoia National Park! With massive sequoia trees and beautiful mountains surrounding you, Sequoia National Park is sure to be a fantastic place to explore and be disconnected from the everyday hustle and bustle. Join us for a weekend of hiking, sightseeing, and learning more about the great outdoors and camping. Great for adventurers of all experience levels.

This trip is located on the ancestral land of: Mono (Monache), Yokuts, Tübatulabal, Paiute, and Western Shoshone

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Group gear (tents, cooking equipment, etc.)
  • Personal camping gear (sleeping bags, headlamp, ground pad, etc.)
  • All related camping fees and permits
  • Meals included while at the park
  • Experienced trip leaders

Not Included:

  • 2 meals while traveling (will stop at restaurants)

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be emailed out to you a week prior to the trip's departure.

Strenuousness Level: 1

 

ASL Camp and Explore: Joshua Tree

Date: 10/18-10/20

Student Price: $175

Pah! Time to get out in nature! Welcome to Joshua Tree National Park, a wonderful land of huge rocks, funky fun trees, and amazing desert dweller friends. Join us for an adventure exploring this wonderful desert from scrambling on big rocks, watching the gorgeous stary sky, and trying our best to avoid touching the cacti. Enjoy a weekend with us in this spectacular park all while connecting with folks in the signing community. This trip is open to Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing folks who are fluent in American Sign Language. 

This trip is located on the ancestral land of: Serrano, Cahuilla, Chemehuevi, and Mohave

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Group gear (tents, cooking equipment, etc.)
  • Personal camping gear (sleeping bags, headlamp, ground pad, etc.)
  • All related camping fees and permits
  • Meals included while at the park
  • Experienced trip leaders who are conversational in American Sign Language

Not Included:

  • 2 meals while traveling (will stop at restaurants)

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be emailed out to you a week prior to the trip's departure.

Strenuousness Level: 1

 

Camp and Explore: Big Sur

Date: 10/25-10/27

Student Price: $175

Come explore this amazing stretch of coastline and discover why Big Sur is said to be one of the most beautiful places in California. This trip begins with one of the most beautiful drives in California, up the Big Sur coast. There are panoramic coastal views, common sightings of elephant seals, and inland waterfalls that lead to the beach

This trip is located on the ancestral land of: Esselen

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Group gear (tents, cooking equipment, etc.)
  • Personal camping gear (sleeping bags, head lamp, ground pad, etc.)
  • All related camping fees and permits
  • 6 Meals while camping 
  • Experienced trip leaders

Not Included:

  • 2 meals while traveling (will stop at restaurants)

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be decided on during the pre-trip meeting in the Outdoor Adventure Office. Look out for an email about the meeting a week before the trip departure date.

Strenuousness Level: 1

 

Camp and Explore: Yosemite

Date: 11/01-11/03

Student Price: $175

Wander through the pristine wilderness of Yosemite National Park, the first park to be designated as a Green Space by the United States Government. Yosemite is filled with a lifetime’s worth of waterfalls and granite formations that fill the Valley. Come sleep out under the stars with us as we spend a weekend exploring all the major spots of California’s greatest treasure. All experience levels are welcome.

This trip is located on the ancestral land of: Southern Sierra Miwok, Ahwahneechee, Yokut, Chukchansi, and Sierra Mono

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Group gear (tents, cooking equipment, etc.)
  • Personal camping gear (sleeping bags, headlamp, ground pad, etc.)
  • All related camping fees and permits
  • Meals included while at Yosemite
  • Experienced trip leaders

Not Included:

  • 2 meals while traveling (will stop at restaurants)

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be decided on during the pre-trip meeting in the Outdoor Adventure Office. Look out for an email about the meeting a week before the trip departure date.

Strenuousness Level: 2

 

Camp and Explore: Zion

Date: 11/28-12/01

Student Price: $225

Welcome to Zion National Park! A national treasure featuring massive red rock walls, flowing rivers, and amazing wildlife. Celebrate Thanksgiving in the park with us as we enjoy and appreciate the variety of fall colors in the valley and marvel at the steep cliffs and hues of reds. Camping, hiking, sightseeing and more, this is sure to be an adventure of a lifetime! Great for adventurers of all experience levels.

This trip is located on the ancestral land of: Southern Paiute

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Group gear (tents, cooking equipment, etc.)
  • Personal camping gear (sleeping bags, headlamp, ground pad, etc.)
  • All related camping fees and permits
  • Meals included while at the park
  • Experienced trip leaders

Not Included:

  • 2 meals while traveling (will stop at restaurants)

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be decided on during the pre-trip meeting in the Outdoor Adventure Office. Look out for an email about the meeting a week before the trip departure date.

Strenuousness Level: 1

 

Camp and Explore: Death Valley

Date: 12/19-12/22

Student Price: $200

Explore one of California’s wonderous deserts known as Death Valley. The name is forbidding and gloomy. Yet here you can find colorful badlands, snow-covered peaks, beautiful sand dunes, rugged canyons, the driest and lowest spot in North America, and the hottest in the world. Enjoy the unusual little critters, magnificently tall mountains, and a night sky like no other! Come with us and have a four-day adventure, day hiking through this expansive dessert and sleeping under the stars! It will be a great way to relax after finals!

This trip is located on the anscestral land of: Timbisha Shoshone

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Group gear (tents, cooking equipment, etc.)
  • Personal camping gear (sleeping bags, headlamp, ground pad, etc.)
  • All related camping fees and permits
  • Meals included while at the park
  • Experienced trip leaders

Not Included:

  • 2 meals while traveling (will stop at restaurants)

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be decided on during the pre-trip meeting in the Outdoor Adventure Office. Look out for an email about the meeting a week before the trip departure date.

Strenuousness Level: 2


Hiking

 

Day Hike: Mt. Baldy Challenge

Date: 9/28

Student Price: $25

Are you looking for a challenge?! Look no further! Mt. Baldy stands tall as Los Angeles's tallest peak at 10,065ft. Be ready to face 12 miles and 5,807ft elevation gain head-on. Grab your hiking shoes and attempt the challenge of summiting this classic with your fellow challengers. Recommended for adventurers who are looking for more physical intensity to complement their outdoor experience.

This trip is located on the ancestral land of: Tongva

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Trekking Poles if desired
  • Experienced trip leaders 

Not Included:

  • Lunch

Meeting location: Outdoor Adventures Office Exact Departure times will be emailed out to you a week prior to the trip's departure.


Strenuousness Level: 3

 

Day Hike: Matilija Falls 

Date: 10/04

Student Price: $15

Enjoy a long day out in Los Padres National Forest in beautiful Ojai, CA, climbing over rocks and following the river as you embark on a journey towards Matilija Falls. With swimming holes throughout and fantastic views of the Chapparal landscape, this hike is one to put in the books. This hike is roughly 8.5 miles round trip with 1,302ft of elevation gain with some challenging terrain. A great hike for adventurers who have some hiking experience and are excited to bump it up a notch. Follow the cairns and stick by the river and you're sure to have an exciting day, packed to the brim with adventure.

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Trekking Poles if desired
  • Experienced trip leaders

Not Included:

  • Lunch

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be emailed to you a week prior to the start date of the trip.

Strenuousness Level: 2

 

Day Hike: Santa Paula Punch Bowls

Date: 10/11

Student Price: $20

Looking for a lovely day featuring stream crossings, swimming holes, and beautiful wilderness all around? Look no further than the Santa Paula Punchbowls! Lace-up your boots and pack your lunch for this epic hike and shockingly refreshing swimming hole at First Falls that you'll stop at for lunch. Roughly 8 miles with 1,024ft of elevation gain, this is a great hike for any hiker who has some experience and is looking for a day to take a break from the everyday hustle and bustle and connect back to the natural world.

This trip is located on the ancestral land of: Chumash

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Trekking Poles if desired
  • Experienced trip leaders

Not Included:

  • Lunch

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be emailed to you a week prior to the start date of the trip.

Strenuousness Level: 2

 

Day Hike: Full Moon Hike

Date: 10/18

Student Price: $15

LA is a city where nature will surprise you. Take a night off from studying and come take a relaxing hike through one of the great green spaces around Los Angeles. There is something surreal about walking beneath a full moon with the glow of the city lighting your path. All you need is a pair of shoes and a water bottle to explore the secret, less-traveled spots of this wonderful city. 

This trip is located on the ancestral land of: Gabrielino, Kizh, or Tongva, and the Chumash Kitanemuk, Serrano, and Tataviam

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Trekking Poles if desired
  • Experienced trip leaders

Not Included:

  • Lunch

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be emailed to you a week prior to the start date of the trip.

Strenuousness Level: 2

 

Day Hike: Pratt Trail, Cozy Del, and Foothill Trail

Date: 11/16

Student Price: $15

Join us for a lovely hike near Ojai, CA in the Los Padres National Forest. This hike is a moderate 5.8 miles long and 1,522ft elevation gain. It featured stunning views of valleys and some water crossings. Take in the fresh air and see if you can pick out a variety of California native plants.

This trip is located on the ancestral land of: Chumash

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Trekking Poles if desired
  • Experienced trip leaders

Not Included:

  • Lunch

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be emailed to you a week prior to the start date of the trip.

Strenuousness Level: 2

 

Day Hike: Parker Mesa Overlook Trail

Date: 11/16

Student Price: $15

Join us on a lovely hike in Topanga State Park! Roughly 7 miles long with a 1,145ft elevation gain, this is a moderate hike that promises beautiful views overlooking coastal waters, canyons, and even LA. Pack some sunscreen and a hat and enjoy some time away form school to meet new people and breathe some fresh air!

This trip is located on the ancestral land of: Chumash and Tongva

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Trekking Poles if desired
  • Experienced trip leaders

Not Included:

  • Lunch

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be emailed to you a week prior to the start date of the trip.

Strenuousness Level: 2


Snowboarding

There are no trips of this nature scheduled at this time.


White Water Rafting

 

Whitewater Rafting

Date: 4/26-4/28

Student Price: $225 SOLD OUT

Have you dreamt about soaring through rapids? Well, now it is your chance to be able to spend a day out White Water Rafting through beautiful rapids. The location will be determined on upon the level of water. You will spend a whole weekend in the outdoors not only White Water Rafting but camping and enjoying the outdoors.

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • White Water Rafting ticket
  • Wet Suit
  • Group gear (tents, cooking equipment, etc.)
  • Personal camping gear (sleeping bags, head lamp, ground pad, etc.)
  • All related camping fees and permits
  • 6 meals
  • Experienced trip leaders

Not Included:

  • 2 Meals while traveling (will stop at restaurants)

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be decided on during the pre-trip meeting in the Outdoor Adventure Center. Look out for an email about the meeting a week before the trip departure date. Strenuousness Level: 2

 


Climbing

 

Intro To Climbing: Point Dume

Date: 9/13

Student Price: $15

Slip on your shoes and tie in! Outdoor rock climbing is a mental and physical challenge anyone can enjoy, regardless of strength or fear of heights. A full-day venture right on the beach will introduce you to the thrill of rock climbing in a non-competitive atmosphere. By the end of the day, you should feel comfortable with basic climbing knots, belaying, and introductory rock movement techniques. We’ll provide you with a variety of climbs for you to have fun and challenge yourself on. This is a great way to get away for the day whether you’re a first-time climber or a repeat adventurer.

This trip is located on the ancestral land of: Ventureño Chumash

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • All climbing gear (harness, shoes, rope, chalk)
  • Experienced trip leaders

Not Included:

  • Lunch

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be emailed out to you a week prior to the trip's departure.

Strenuous Level: 1

 

Intro To Climbing: Stoney Point

Date: 10/12

Student Price: $15

Slip on your shoes and tie in! Outdoor rock climbing is a mental and physical challenge anyone can enjoy, regardless of strength or fear of heights. A full-day venture into the local hills will introduce you to the thrill of rock climbing in a non-competitive atmosphere. By the end of the day, you should feel comfortable with basic climbing knots, belaying, and introductory rock movement techniques. We’ll provide you with a variety of climbs for you to have fun and challenge yourself on. This is a great way to get away for the day whether you’re a first-time climber or a repeat adventurer.

This trip is located on the ancestral land of: Tongva

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • All climbing gear (harness, shoes, rope, chalk)
  • Experienced trip leaders

Not Included:

  • Lunch

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be emailed out to you a week prior to the trip's departure.

Strenuous Level: 1

 

Intro To Climbing: Malibu Creek

Date: 12/06

Student Price: $15

Slip on your shoes and tie in! Outdoor rock climbing is a mental and physical challenge anyone can enjoy, regardless of strength or fear of heights. A full-day venture into the local hills will introduce you to the thrill of rock climbing in a non-competitive atmosphere. By the end of the day, you should feel comfortable with basic climbing knots, belaying, and introductory rock movement techniques. We’ll provide you with a variety of climbs for you to have fun and challenge yourself on. This is a great way to get away for the day whether you’re a first-time climber or a repeat adventurer.

This trip is located on the ancestral land of: Chumash and Tongva

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • All climbing gear (harness, shoes, rope, chalk)
  • Experienced trip leaders

Not Included:

  • Lunch

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be emailed out to you a week prior to the trip's departure.

Strenuous Level: 1


Cycling

There are no trips of this nature scheduled at this time.


Special Trips

 

Bungee Jumping

Date: 10/25

Student Price: $110

Imagine standing on the edge of a bridge with steep canyon walls rising above you. Your sweaty palms grip the rail, your throat is dry, and your heart is beating so hard you can feel it through your chest. You feel a rush as adrenaline surges through your body. Looking down at the water ten stories below, you hear the encouragement of your friends standing next to you as the countdown begins. “5-4-3-2-1-BUNGEE!” Welcome to the most exhilarating, adrenaline-pumping activity in the world. Are you ready for the thrill of a lifetime? Join us for a ten-mile round-trip hike and a little 100+ ft. jump. It will be a day you won’t ever forget!

This trip is located on the ancestral land of: Tongva

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Ticket for 1 Jump through Bungee Jump America, located at Bridge to Nowhere in Pasadena
  • Experienced trip leaders

Not Included:

  • Lunch

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be emailed out to you a week prior to the trip's departure.

Strenuous Level: 3

 

Explore Descanso Gardens

Date: 11/02

Student Price: $10

Join us for a peaceful day in the Descanso Gardens. Located in the heart of Pasadena, the Descanso gardens feature a variety of blooming gardens that are sure to take your breath away and marvel at some of the beautiful plants that our world has to offer. Japanese gardens, oak forests, native California gardens, rose gardens, and even art museums are sure to offer marvels and tranquility. This is a fantastic option for folks looking for a relaxing day out in nature and an opportunity to relax and recharge.

This trip is located on the ancestral land of: Tongva

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • 1 Day Admission to Descanso Gardens
  • Experienced trip leaders

Not Included:

  • Lunch

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be emailed out to you a week prior to the trip's departure.

Strenuous Level: 0


Water Trips

 

Castaic Lake

Date: 9/13

Student Price: $10

A hot summer's day, a kayak, a stand-up paddle board, and a whole day of fun on the water. What a dream... Well lucky you! This dream can become your reality. Join us on an adventure up to Castaic Lake where we can start the school year up with a splash and cool off a bit in the water. Pick up a paddle, can't wait to see you out on the water!

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard and Paddle Rentals
  • Personal Floatation Devices
  • Experienced trip leaders

Not Included:

  • Lunch 

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be emailed out to you a week prior to the trip's departure.

Strenuousness Level: 1

 

Surf SoCal

Date: 9/14

Student Price: $110

Join us out on the waves as well as learn how to shred the gnar and surf the day away! Pack some sunscreen and snacks and let's hit the road for a day on the beach! The perfect way to spend a day in our sunny Southern California. This trip is fantastic for folks who want to learn how to surf or are novices looking to refine their skills.

This trip is located on the ancestral land of: Tongva

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Group Surf Lesson through Learn to Surf LA
  • Experienced trip leaders

Not Included:

  • Lunch 

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be emailed out to you a week prior to the trip's departure.

Strenuousness Level: 2

 

Canoe the Black Canyon

Date: 12/19-12/22

Student Price: $225

Welcome to one of the most stunning and adventure-filled trips Outdoor Adventures has to offer. Join us for a 4-day trip, paddling on the Colorado River in Black Canyon, between Arizona and Nevada where we'll canoe roughly 10 miles up and down a miraculously peaceful river to hot springs, an Emerald Cave, and even to the base of the Hoover Dam for a completely different perspective. Great for adventurers seeking to embark on a new experience while experiencing a fantastic arm workout while being gentle on their knees.

This trip is located on the ancestral land of: Nuwuwu (Chemehuevi), Nwuvi (Southern Paiute), and Hualapai

Trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Group gear (tents, cooking equipment, canoes, etc.)
  • Personal camping gear (sleeping bags, headlamp, ground pad, personal floatation device, etc.)
  • All related camping fees and permits
  • Meals included while camping
  • Experienced trip leaders

Not Included:

  • 2 meals while traveling (will stop at restaurants)

Departure Time: Exact departure times will be emailed out to you a week prior to the trip's departure.

Strenuousness Level: 3


Cancellations

  • Multi day trip cancellations

    Cancellations made more than 14 days before the trip will be refunded for the full dollar amount, minus a 20% processing fee. Cancellations made less than 14 days before the trip are not eligible for a refund. Outdoor Adventures reserves the right to cancel any trip due to incompatible conditions for the activity. In the event Outdoor Adventures cancels the trip you will receive a full monetary refund.

  • Single day trip cancellations

    Cancellations made more than 14 days before the trip will receive a refund for the full dollar amount minus a $10 processing fee. Cancellations made less than 14 days before the trip are not eligible for a refund. Outdoor Adventures reserves the right to cancel any trip due to incompatible conditions for the activity. In the event Outdoor Adventures cancels the trip you will receive a full monetary refund.

  • Special trip cancellations

    Special Trips arenon-refundable. If you are unable to attend the trip, the paying participant is ineligible for a refund (monetary or credity) or transfer onto another trip. Outdoor Adventures reserves the right to cancel a trip due to incompatible conditions for the activity. In the event Outdoor Adventures cancels the trip you will receive a full monetary refund.

Disclaimer

  • Due to the nature of outdoor recreation all locations, activities and times are subject to change. We love Mother Nature but sometimes she's hard to plan around. Weather, water levels, trail conditions, roads closures, and fires can change any trip with little or no warning. We appreciate the patience, understanding and flexibility of all parties involved in our outings. If changes need to be made we will update our information in a timely manner and will notify registered participants as soon as possible.
  • CSUN Outdoor Adventures, its employees and volunteers assume no liability for any damages arising from outings. All participants will be required to sign in a waiver and release. Please note that our trips are alcohol, smoking, tobacco, and illegal substance free.
  • CSUN Outdoor Adventures is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen gear.
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