TEEN SUMMER SEA KAYAKING, BACKPACKING, HIKING, RAFTING & COMMUNITY SERVICE
- Sea Kayak Point Reyes’ Tomales Bay
- Backpack stunning Yosemite Nat’l Park
- Whitewater raft the American River
- Explore San Francisco
- Trip Start: San Francisco, California
- Trip End: San Francisco, California
- Age Range: 13 - 15
- Trip Dates: 6/26-7/08, 7/12-7/24, 7/28-8/09
Tuition: $2895 (airfare not included)
California is beautiful. It is also physically and ecologically diverse, with endless opportunities for outdoor fun and adventure. To show you what makes “The Golden State” so special, we’ve crafted the perfect 13-day teen summer adventure trip. You’ll sea kayak through stunning, Mediterranean-like waters in Point Reyes National Seashore’s Tomales Bay, hike alpine trails through High Sierra forests, enjoy an exciting day of whitewater rafting on the American River, and explore the breathtaking scenery in Yosemite National Park’s backcountry. Capped off with a day in San Francisco, this action-packed backpacking adventure is a perfect balance of activities to show you and your new friends the very best of California.
SEA KAYAKING IN TOMALES BAY
Our group will meet at the San Francisco International Airport and transfer to coastal forests north of the Golden Gate Bridge. After a first night of orientation amid the redwoods, we’ll set off early the next morning to meet our sea kayaking guides at Point Reyes National Seashore. There, we’ll learn the fundamentals of safe paddling before venturing out along one of the most pristine, protected coastlines in America. After two days on the water, and an amazing night under the stars, we’ll leave the coastline for the majesty of the High Sierras.
SIERRA HIKING & WHITEWATER RAFTING
After crossing California’s verdant Central Valley, we’ll transfer into the clean, fresh air of the Sierras. The next several days will be spent day hiking through forested canyons and groves of ancient redwoods. Our confidence will grow with every step as we take in 100-mile vistas from mountain peaks. Before we head for the wonders of Yosemite, we’ll spend an amazing day of rafting on the exciting rapids of the American River.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK AND SAN FRANCISCO
After breaking in our boots and enjoying the rush of the rapids, we’ll light out for Yosemite National Park. There, in the shadow of El Capitan, we’ll strap on our backpacks and spend three spectacular days trekking in the backcountry of this national treasure. After emerging from the backcountry, we’ll spend an informative and helpful morning serving in a food bank in a Central Valley migrant town before heading back to the Coast. After countless adventures in the outdoors, our hiking trip will conclude with a final day together exploring and celebrating in San Francisco. A perfect ending to our Golden State summer adventure program!
This is a moderate trip with some challenging sections, but is well within the range of any reasonably fit and motivated participant.
DAILY HIKING MILEAGE: 4 to 6
COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS: 4 to 6