Take a break from the grind, stretch your legs and get off campus to check out  some of San Diego’s great open spaces.

Los Penasquitos Canyon Hike

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This beginner friendly trail is about 6 and a half miles with just 300 feet of elevation gain. This is a great get away hike for anyone looking for some relaxing nature experiences. The Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve is dominated by a year round creek, making for a lush wilderness unlike anything elese in San Diego. With dense woodland, waterfalls and deer you will forget that you are so close to campus. We will meet at Outback adventures at 8am and should be back on Campus around 1pm

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Moonlight Hike Cowles Mountain

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You will be amazed at just how much the moon lights up the mountain on this great local adventure. Cowles Mountain is just 20 minutes from campus in Mission Trails Park. Hiking three miles in the moonlight and taking in the panoramic views of the skyline are a great way to spend a few hours away from campus.


  • 6:00 pm: Meet at the Outback Adventures Rental Shop/HQ
  • Depart for Coles Mountain (~30 minutes)
  • 9:00 pm: Hike down and leave Cowles
  • 10:00 pm: Arrive back at Outback Adventures

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Potato Chip Hike Mount Woodson

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Get your photo taken on this awesome ‘potato chip’ rock outcrop. The hike starts in Poway and follows a fire trail that overlooks the Poway dam for about 3 miles. The trail narrows as you start to climb the mountain and gets steep at times but is great for beginners. The view from the top is amazing on a clear day you can see the ocean and downtown San Diego.


  • 10:00 am: Meet at the Outback Adventures Rental Shop/HQ
  • Depart for Mount Woodson (~45 minutes)
  • Hike to Potato Chip Rock, take photos!
  • 4:00 pm: Arrive back at Outback Adventures

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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.

Cancellation Policy

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.