Idyllwild: leadership, Backpacking, and Rock Climbing

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Sample Itinerary

Below is an example of a Havasu Falls itinerary.  This itinerary is subject to change.


Day 1 Drive from campus to Castle Rock for some Rock Climbing (approx. 1 hour).  Meet Climbing Guides.  Introduction gear, climbing skills, and safety.  Spend the day Rock Climbing!  Camp Castle Rock Campground.
Day 2 Drive from Castle Rock to Idyllwild (approx. 1.5 hours).  Prep for backpack in the morning and begin backpack to the Pacific Crest Trail Junction in the afternoon (approximately 3 miles).  Set up back country camp.
Day 3 Layover day at backcountry camp.  Hike to the Tahquitz Peak fire tower (5 miles round trip) to lookout over the Southern California valley.  Return to backcountry camp for leadership activities.
Day 4 Pack up camp and head back down to the town of Idyllwild.  Camp at Stone Creek Campground and enjoy front country comforts.
Day 5 Spend the morning completing leadership activities before exploring the quiet mountain town of Idyllwild for lunch.  Head down the mountain and return to campus in the evening (approx. 1 hour).

Trip Description: 

Explore our local mountains by Rock Climbing in Big Bear and backpacking in the San Jacinto National Forest.  While only an hour away from campus, these mountain towns are nearly 15 degrees cooler than the valleys below, making them ideal locations for summer, outdoor activity. 

While rock climbing you will meet Rebecca and David (our AMGA climbing guides), who will introduce you to the sport of Rock Climbing and spend the day helping you push yourself on the alpine granite.  The intro backpack will take you on portions of the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs continuously from Mexico to Canada.  Throughout this trip students will practice Leave No Trace principles while learning leadership skills and activities.

No prior backpacking or Rock-Climbing experience is necessary for this trip.  This trip does include hiking with moderate elevation gain and is recommended for students who are interested in challenging themselves physically.

Trip Cost:  $395.00