Trips

Outdoor Leadership WFR course Jan 5 to Jan 11

Price: $175.00

Available Spaces: 2

Western Regional Outdoor Leadership Conference (WROLC) Jan 16 to Jan 18

Price: $25.00

Available Spaces: 15

ODL: New Guide Backpacking Training 6:00 pm Jan 23 to 7:00 pm Jan 25

Interested in becoming a Great Escapes backpacking guide? This trip is for members in the Outdoor Leadership program who are looking to improve their skills in guiding backpacking trips. Participants will learn necessary skills such as reading trail and topographical maps, navigating, water filtration, food planning, and more that are essential while backpacking. They'll learn about group facilitation and how to lead a group of people while backpacking in the backcountry! Participants are responsible for meal preparation throughout the backcountry, make the meals as complicated and gourmet or simple and sustainable! Up to you!DSCN0205
*** Registration ends January 16, 2015 at 11:59 pm

Price: $30.00

Available Spaces: 8

ODL: Assistant Guide Rock Training 6:00 pm Feb 6 to 6:00 pm Feb 8

Great Escapes guides-in-training will learn how to lead climb, tie safe and secure knots, and belay other climbers. Completing this training will allow these guides to lead other Great Escapes climbing trips! They'll be trained by Senior Guides experienced in all types of rock climbing. All climbing gear including helmets, harnesses, ropes, and hard gear will be provided by the PLNU rental center, but participants are welcome to bring their own! Perris Lake has some great rock faces suitable to climbers of all levels! Check out pictures from a past trip here
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*** Registration ends on February 2, 2015 at 11:59 pm

Price: $40.00

Available Spaces: 12

Lake Hodges Mountain Biking 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Feb 14

It doesn't matter if you're an avid mountain biker or completely new at it! This trip goes to Lake Hodges, which has trails varying from beginner to advanced, catering to all levels of mountain bikers. The trail goes around Lake Hodges, which provides beautiful scenery for bikers! This is a great way to experience a new place in San Diego and trying something new! Grab a friend and go! Don't have a bike? The PLNU rental center will provide you one! Select the "individual needing a bike" option when registering! See pictures from this past semester by clicking the photo below!
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*** registration ends February 6, 2015 at 11:59pm

Price: $10.00

Available Spaces: 11

Cowles Mountain Night Hike 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm, Feb 20

Grab a friend for a Friday evening night hike to the top of Cowles Mountain! Sitting just thirty minutes east of PLNU, Cowles mountain offers great skyline views of San Diego. Participants will follow the trail using the light from their headlamps, or guided by the moon! This trail is inclined and takes less than an hour to reach the top! Guides will provide you with warm drinks and snacks at the top (it gets a little chilly, so bring a few extra layers!). Its a great activity for a Friday night! See pictures from the last Cowles Mountain hike by clicking here!
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*** Registration ends February 16, 2015 at 11:59 pm

Price: $10.00

Available Spaces: 23

Overnight Mud Caving Extravaganza 7:00 am Feb 21 to 4:00 pm Feb 22

Walking, crawling, climbing through caves hollowed out by the winter rains, adventurers will explore the Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves located in the Anza Borrego desert! These caves have dried up after the rain and are safe to explore! Some caves are large and open to the sky, others are smaller and require headlamps! (every person needs a headlamp, and if you do not have one, the PLNU rental center will provide you with one. The price of the trip includes the headlamp). After a delicious cookout, the group will be camping at the Agua Caliente hot springs and sleeping under the stars! Sunday morning entails a trip to Julian, CA for their delicious pie! See pictures from the last trip by clicking on the photo below!
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Price: $40.00

Available Spaces: 24

Day hike to Potato Chip Rock 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Feb 21

This is a brand new trip for Great Escapes! The guides have scoped out the terrain in Mt. Woodson on a trail leading to Potato Chip Rock! This 7.8 mile out and back trail goes around Lake Poway up to the incredible Potato Chip Rock. It makes a great photo opportunity at the top, as well as along the trail. Google "Potato Chip Rock, Mt. Woodson" for more photos! Grab a friend and go for a new adventure!
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***Registration ends February 13, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

Price: $20.00

Available Spaces: 8

Mission Gorge Rock Climbing 7:30 am Feb 28 to 4:00 pm Mar 28

Spend a day climbing local Mission Gorge. This stunning location offers top-rope climbs applicable to climbers of all levels. Trained guides will help you up rock faces to new heights! Whether this is your first time rock climbing, or your hundredth time, it'll still be a challenge. The group will drive about thirty minutes east to Mission Trails Regional Park and spend the day learning about rock climbing techniques, tips, and tricks. Click on the photo below to see pictures from this past semester's Mission Gorge Rock Climbing Trip!

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***Registration closes February 20, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

Price: $20.00

Available Spaces: 11

SPRING BREAK: Trans-Catalina Island Trail 12:00 pm Mar 7 to 12:00 pm Mar 15

Join us in forgetting the coffee-filled all-nighters, the 10-page essays, and the constant approaching deadlines... because we are headed on an adventure! We are traveling to Catalina to complete the Trans-Catalina Trail which traverses the length of the entire island! 

We will begin our journey on the Saturday, March 7th and end it back at Loma the following Saturday, March 14th. It will be a full week packed with adventure, friendships, stunning views, and so much more!

*Trip costs include round-trip ferry ticket to Catalina, food, backpacking equipment, stove fuel, driving costs, and all campsite fees. Any camping gear you might need (such as sleeping bag and backpack) is included.

**No backpacking experience will be needed but you do need to be able to hike at least 10 miles in one day.

If you have any questions, feel free to email [email protected]

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*** Registration ends February 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

 

Price: $325.00

Available Spaces: 12

Overnight Backpacking in Joshua Tree TEAM A 7:00 am Mar 21 to 6:00 pm Mar 22

There will be two groups for this trip, sign up on TEAM A or TEAM B with your friends!

Backpacking doesn't always have to be a week-long adventure! Escaping the hype of exams, stress, and people for just a weekend can do amazing things! Spend one night in the backcountry enjoying the incredible view of the stars and Milky Way from Joshua Tree National Park at night and the Dr. Seuss-like trees of the desert. Desert sunrises and sunsets can be unforgettable rising over the rocky hills. You don't have to have any backpacking experience or gear! Gear will be provided by the PLNU rental center if you do not have your own! Click on the picture below to see photos from the most recent Joshua Tree Backpacking trip!

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*** Registration closes March 13, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

Price: $50.00

Available Spaces: 10

Overnight Backpacking in Joshua Tree TEAM B 7:00 am Mar 21 to 6:00 pm Mar 22

There will be two groups for this trip, sign up on TEAM A or TEAM B with your friends!

Backpacking doesn't always have to be a week-long adventure! Escaping the hype of exams, stress, and people for just a weekend can do amazing things! Spend one night in the backcountry enjoying the incredible view of the stars and Milky Way from Joshua Tree National Park at night and the Dr. Seuss-like trees of the desert. Desert sunrises and sunsets can be unforgettable rising over the rocky hills. You don't have to have any backpacking experience or gear! Gear will be provided by the PLNU rental center if you do not have your own! Click on the picture below to see photos from the most recent Joshua Tree Backpacking trip!

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*** Registration closes March 13, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

Price: $50.00

Available Spaces: 10

Mission Bay Kayaking 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Mar 28

Get out on the water! Experienced kayaking guides will take you through Mission Bay, only 15 minutes away from campus! You can have the opportunity to see wildlife such as harbor seals, sea lion, and other small plants and animals native to the bay. The group will paddle past the outskirts of Sea World from the bay-side and cross under bridges! There is also an option to paddle out to the open ocean, depending on the surf level and tides. Lunch will be provided on the beach with a great view! Click on the photo below to see pictures of a kayaking adventure in the San Diego bay!

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*** Registration ends March 20, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

Price: $20.00

Available Spaces: 11

EASTER BREAK: Colorado River Canoe 7:00 am Apr 2 to 9:00 pm Apr 4

Based off of popular demand, Great Escapes is traveling back to the Colorado River to canoe for two days. This is a great trip to get away from all of the stress of school and enjoy the quiet and peace that the river has to offer with old friends and new! Participants and guides will camp along the river on Friday night with delicious camp food! The group will drive out on Thursday, paddle on Friday and Saturday and be home Saturday night in time for Easter Sunday! If you don't have plans for Easter Break, this is a great way to enjoy the time off! See pictures from the last trip by clicking on the photo below.

(More spots may become available upon request if the trip fills up quickly)

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*** Registration ends March 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm

Price: $120.00

Available Spaces: 11

San Clemente Surf Weekend 7:00 am Apr 11 to 5:00 pm Apr 12

It's that time of year again! Time to hit the waves for a wonderful Surfing Weekend!
We've booked some prime campsites in San Clemente and we'll bring up all of our gear. All levels of surf skill are welcome!

The weekend will be spent enjoying the beach for all it's worth, whether you are an experienced surfer or you would like to learn to surf for your first time, this trip is catered to all levels of experience. Along with surfing we will be hanging out in the sand playing volleyball or frisbee, enjoying fellowship around the campfire, dinning on the delicious burritos from the local taco shop and having a great time sleeping out under the stars listening to the waves crash. We'll leave early Saturday morning and have the whole day to catch waves and laze around before heading back Sunday around noon. We have a few surfboards and a few wet suits to rent if you do not have one . We would love to have you out there for this awesome weekend! See photos from the last surf trip by clicking on the picture below!

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*** Registration ends April 3, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

Price: $40.00

Available Spaces: 10

San Diego Bay Night Kayak 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Apr 17

Spend an evening kayaking in San Diego Bay... in the DARK! You'll get to wear glow sticks to see everyone in the group, but enjoy the quiet of San Diego Bay in the evening! The skyline will be bright against the night sky! You'll start from Shelter Island and kayak around towards Harbor Island towards Downtown SD and back. When you return, there will be s'mores and a bonfire on Shelter Island! 

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*** Registration ends April 10, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

Price: $15.00

Available Spaces: 8

Snorkel in La Jolla 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Apr 18

Dive with the seals, sea lions, and schools of fish while you snorkel in one of the best locations in San Diego! La Jolla is home to a variety of wildlife including the Garibaldi fish, which is the California state fish. Swim through the kelp beds and look at the sunlight through the surface of the ocean. If you're lucky, you might even spot a leopard shark (they're bottom feeders, nothing to worry about!). 

You'll spend the morning snorkeling for a while, then swim back in to eat lunch and go out for a second time before coming back to PLNU. Feel free to bring your own snorkel, fins, and wetsuit, but if you don't they will be provided for you!

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*** Registration ends April 10, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

Price: $20.00

Available Spaces: 9

Summit of San Jacinto Peak via Tram 5:00 pm Apr 24 to 12:00 pm Apr 26

San Jacinto Peak stands at 10,834 feet above sea level and towers over the city of Palm Springs. Reaching the summit by backpacking can take up to two days, or an avid hiker can make it to the top beginning before sunrise and ending after sunset. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway operates like a ski lift to take groups of people near the top. The summit offers beautiful views of the Coachella Valley, towards Joshua Tree, and on the other side towards Idyllwild and Lake Perris. Definitely a view you don't want to miss!

Friday night will consist of driving to a campground located near the tramway to get an early start up the tram on Saturday morning. The group will spend the majority of the day hiking to the summit, enjoying the view, and hiking back down to the tram. Enjoying the desert sunset, you'll have a great camp cookout, enjoy the stars and head back on Sunday morning.

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*** Registration ends April 10, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

Price: $45.00

Available Spaces: 11