OA 14 Trip Descriptions


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This year’s backpacking trips will be dispersed throughout California’s gorgeous National Forests and Parks, including Jennie Lakes Wilderness (Sequoia National Park) and the Domeland Wilderness. All of these backpacking trips will be anywhere between 14-20 miles and a moderate level of intensity.  We plan to take our time enjoying the beauty of the mountains and the wildlife, while also getting to know each other in the process. The people guiding these trips will create a welcoming atmosphere which respects the identities and needs of all participants involved.

Backpack camping 3 nights.


Beach Camping (Point Mugu, Leo Carillo, Carpenteria, El Capitan)

If you like long walks on the beach and are an avid shell collector then you are going to love these trips. They are for anyone who wants to spend time in the warm California sun for a few days. We will spend our days exploring the local nature, playing in the tide pools, hiking around the California landscape, hanging out on the beach and getting to know new friends. Get ready to cook food together, play and listen to awesome music around the campfire, star gaze, participate in beach games and more. From tie dying t-shirts during the day to making ooey-gooey s’mores at night this fun packed trip is something you don’t want to miss!

Tent camping 3 nights.


Camp Pitzer

Enjoy the best of summer camp activities on this exquisite Camp Pitzer experience. Located in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the retreat center offers a wide variety of fun activities. Our days will be filled with archery, a high ropes course, day hikes, and enjoying loads of outdoor activities like basketball, volleyball, swimming, and canoeing – to name a few! Our nights will be spent roasting s’mores by the fire pit, sharing stories and hot chocolate with our new found friends, watching late night movies, and sleeping in cozy wooden cabins (with showers!). Come join us to relax and adventure in the natural beauty of the southern California mountains.

Bed or mat 3 nights.


Catalina Island Kayaking and Backpacking

Spending two days kayaking (12 miles) and two days hiking (10-12 miles) on and around beautiful Catalina Island, participants will get to know this natural wonder better than most Californians. Participants are likely to spot bald eagles, island foxes, and bison while trekking. While on the ocean, the crystal clear water reveals amazing sea life, with seals and dolphins regularly accompanying the kayaks. After physically strenuous, long days of paddling, hiking, and swimming along some of the most beautiful beaches and oceans of California, participants will gather ‘round the campfire ready to share stories and build community. Each night will be spent sleeping under the stars.

Backpack camping 3 nights.


LA Arts and Food Culture

This trip ventures through the neighborhoods, culture, and sights of the greater Los Angeles area: exploring the sunny southern California niche in which Pitzer is happily situated. It includes explorations of prominent museums as well as tastings of delicious foods offered at various restaurants and coffee shops around the City of Angels. The trip will focus on the food and art culture in LA through a professional food tasting tour, time spent at the famous Venice Beach boardwalk, ambling through the famous Getty museum, taking in the breathtaking view of the county at the top of the Griffith Observatory, exploring historical architecture, learning the history of cinema in the area, and much more! Participants will be traversing the area for four days, travelling into Los Angeles, staying at a hostel one night and our own Pitzer College on other nights. This introduction into LA is guaranteed to leave you with a full stomach of what LA is all about!

Bed or mat on-campus or otherwise indoors 3 nights, 1 night in hostel.


Pedal to the Pacific

Can’t decide which outdoor trip to do? This one covers it all! Pedal to the Pacific revolves around biking but incorporates the joys of camping, hiking, swimming, beach play, cooking, and maybe even catching a few waves! As we travel to the coast and down the shoreline, we will learn that Southern California is very accommodating to cyclists. From the unique perspective that only two wheels can provide, we will experience the LA area’s beach scene and range of socioeconomic environments. On the first day, we will pedal 40+ mostly flat and downhill miles along the San Gabriel River (LA River) to Seal Beach and south to Orange County. The following two days will cover less mileage but will get a bit hillier. The trip will conclude at San Onofre State Beach where we will spend our final night. A U-Haul van will accompany the trip to carry all the gear that we do not need while biking. As a participant, you are welcome to bring your own bike as long as it is in good condition and has several gears, but bikes, helmets, and other necessary gear can be provided to all who need them. Whether you’re a beginner cyclist or an aspiring pro, this trip can accommodate you.

Tent camping 3 nights.


SoCal LoCal (Fall Athletes)

Who says 2 days isn’t enough to have an amazing outdoor orientation experience?! We know you all are going to be exhausted from your practices, so this trip is aimed to offer you the best of relaxation, adventure, and an opportunity to bond with fellow first year athletes. We will be heading out to camp for the night. We will spend our days hiking, exploring, bonding, and hanging out by the water. This trip will be exactly what you need as a break from your fall training schedule. Exclusively for men’s water polo, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s football, and women’s and men’s cross country incoming varsity athletes.

Tent camping 1 night.


SoCal LoCal Outdoors

If you are adventurous and are interested in exploring all of the outdoor hot spots of Southern California then this is the trip for you! We will spend our days exploring local trails, relaxing in the natural beauty of beaches, hot springs and scenic vistas from mountaintops, while getting to know the Pitzer way of navigating Southern California. We will spend our nights bonding over bonfires and our mutual love for adventure and the outdoors. This trip offers a variety of outdoor activities, as well as the opportunity to explore some of the favorite local outdoor destinations of adventurous Pitzer students.

Camping on-campus 3 nights.


Social Justice in Action

This trip will introduce participants to critical social and cultural issues in the Los Angeles Basin and Inland Empire. But, it won’t stop there. Through collaborating with Pitzer’s Community Engagement Center and their community partners, participants will tap into relationships that Pitzer has taken years foster and begin to define for themselves what local social justice issues they feel most connected to. Not to mention, this is a jump start on Pitzer’s social responsibility graduation requirement. Splitting time between Pitzer, Claremont and Los Angeles, participants will gain well rounded perspective of their new home.

Beds or mats on campus 3 night


Surfing at San Onofre State Beach

Ready to hang ten?! Whether you have surfing experience or you have never even been to the ocean, you probably are aware that catching waves is an essential Southern California experience. On this trip you will have the opportunity to learn to surf from professional surf instructors on some of the best waves in Southern California. In addition to surfing there will be endless beach side sports, crafts, beach combing, and soaking up the summer sun. At night we will make s’mores, get to know each other around a campfire, and camp under the stars. If you want to enjoy beautiful California beach life and try your hand at surfing, this OA trip is for you!

Tent camping 3 nights.


Sustainability in Action

Through hands-on experiences, students will be introduced to the complexities of sustainability issues in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Participants will visit local urban farms, markets, and other community projects, explore Ojai via a farm to fork restaurant, experience a beekeeping workshop, and learn to make kombucha. Folks who have spent years working on sustainability issues and folks to whom this is a new issue will all feel welcome on this trip. Participants will cook and taste a variety of locally grown and harvested foods, including goat cheeses and produce from sustainable farms in the LA area. Two nights will be spent sleeping in community spaces near Pitzer and one night will be spent camping outside under the stars.

Bed or mat indoors 2 nights. Tent camping 1 night