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Rising 11,502 feet, Mount San Gorgonio is the highest peak in Southern California. On this trip you will get a chance to reach San G’s peak. This rugged backpack trip is for those who have already done some backpacking and know how tough but awesome it is. We will leave early Saturday morning drive about 3 hours to the trailhead, hike up into the spectacular mountain forest and set up our backcountry camp. On Sunday we will leave our gear in camp and attempt to hike to the peak and back. On Monday, we will hike back to the trailhead and head home. The trail is not difficult technically, but there is quite of bit of uphill hiking to reach the summit. This is a perfect holiday weekend for folks looking to get into some real wilderness.
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Joshua Tree is a backpacker’s dream! The high desert is perfect for hiking. Amazing rock formations, plants and wildlife make traveling here like walking on a different planet. Come see the famous Joshua Tree (the inspiration for The Lorax by Dr. Seuss) and enjoy some of the most majestic scenery in southern California! This is a beginning backpacking trip and we will cover all that you need to know to safely and comfortably backpack.
• 7:00am Meet at Outback, final gear check, depart for Joshua Tree National Park!
• Hike out to the van
• Return to Outback Adventures (by 10pm at the latest)
Death Valley is full of surprises and some of the best lie within Surprise Canyon! Run head first into wild burros, bushwhack through a blossoming creek, and visit one of California’s most remote and legendary ghost towns, Panamint City. As we venture up and deeper in the canyon, remnants of the past and hidden secrets will echo along the way with its rich mining history. This rugged backpacking trip is for those who have already done some backpacking and know how tough but awesome it is. We will depart campus on Thursday at 6pm to camp at Ballarat, another ghost town in Panamint Valley. Early Friday morning we will ascend up the canyon, and Saturday will be left to explore the ghost town and its surrounding canyons. On Sunday, we will hike back down and head home. The trail is of moderate difficulty, and there is quite of bit of uphill hiking to reach the ghost town.
Drugs, alcohol, tobacco and firearms are not permitted on any Outback trip. Presence of these items is grounds for immediate removal from the trip at the participant's expense.
Current emergency contact and medical information must be provided.
All participants must complete a Liability-Waiver (PDF) prior to the trip.
Rental gear listed as provided above by Outback Adventures must be reserved and picked up at the Outback Rental Shop prior to the trip, during store hours. There is no extra charge.
Adventure travel has inherent risks of injury and/or death. These risks contribute to the "adventure" aspect of our trips. UCSD Outback Adventures and its employees assume no liability for any damages, loss, injury or death as a result of our trips. Some trips have a prerequisite fitness level, for which the participants are responsible. Any person participating in an Outback Adventures trip is personally responsible for his or her own safety.
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