Over the course of nine action-packed days, our Golden State Adventurers will explore some of Southern California’s most memorable sights. On this diverse itinerary, you’ll hike the coastal mountains of Los Padres National Forest, find meaning in a local service project, kayak through sea caves, and walk through wildflower-strewn meadows on Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park, and even find time to hang ten as you surf the beaches of Malibu. Stunning ocean vistas, wildlife aplenty, and, last but certainly not least, a terrific new group of friends await!
Hiking Los Padres National Forest & Community Service
On arrival in Los Angeles, we’ll head up the coast to Santa Barbara and the gorgeous Los Padres National Forest. Here, we’ll learn the fundamentals of setting up tents, camp cooking and meals, and cooperative group living. Our next two full days will be spent trekking the surrounding trails where we’ll hike beneath towering mountains and along refreshing, cool streams. Giving our feet a rest, we’ll spend a morning working with a local community organization to foster a sense of gratitude for the communities that have welcomed us.
Sea Kayaking & Hiking the Channel Islands
Our next big adventure will take us off the coast to Channel Islands National Park. From the ferry to Santa Cruz Island, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for Humpback, Blue, and Orca whales, along with dolphins, seals, and too many species of birds to count. Once on shore, our professional guides will teach us the basics of sea kayaking, along with in-depth safety measures, before we set off to explore Santa Cruz’s coast and many sea caves from the water. We’ll spend the next two days exploring the stunning cliffs, beaches, and coves on foot. Throughout our time on the island, we’re sure to spot several impossibly cute island fox, which can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
Surfing & Exploring Santa Monica
Returning to the mainland, we’ll cap off our epic adventure with a SoCal classic: surfing one of Malibu’s pristine beaches. Our professional guides will cover surfing fundamentals first on land before heading out to ride the azure waves of the Pacific. Once we’re off the water, we’ll get cleaned up and head to the world-famous Santa Monica Pier to reminisce on our time together and celebrate our new friendships!