TEEN SUMMER SEA KAYAKING, BACKPACKING, HIKING, SURFING & COMMUNITY SERVICE
- Sea Kayak Point Reyes’ Tomales Bay
- Backpack stunning Yosemite Nat’l Park
- Surf California’s Half Moon Bay
- Explore San Francisco
- Trip Start: San Francisco, CA, USA
- Trip End: San Francisco, CA, USA
- Age Range: 13 - 15
- Trip Dates: 7/01-7/13, 7/17-7/29, 8/02-8/14
Tuition: $3095 (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, explore the breathtaking scenery in Yosemite National Park’s backcountry, and enjoy a morning of surfing on California’s iconic coast. 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 & YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
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. After breaking in our boots, we’ll light out for Yosemite National Park. There, in the shadow of El Capitan, we’ll explore world-famous Yosemite Valley. Now it’s time to head for the Park’s high country, where we’ll strap on our backpacks and spend three spectacular days and nights trekking in the backcountry of this national treasure.
SURFING, COMMUNITY SERVICE, & SAN FRANCISCO
After emerging from the backcountry, we’ll make our way back to the coast and Half Moon Bay. There we’ll spend a gratifying morning giving back to the community working with the rangers at the state park. We’ll also throw on wetsuits and practice our best “pop up” before riding real waves at Half Moon Bay’s gorgeous, and beginner-friendly, surfing beach. 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