High Sierra Trip

High Sierra

High Trails Adventure - Grades 9-12+

Challenge and excitement best describes this California trip. Experience the variety of the Golden State from alpine hiking in Yosemite High Country to trekking among Redwoods to the spectacular snow-capped summit of Mount Shasta. Enjoy the fun and excitement of whitewater rafting and surfing at Half Moon Bay.

21 Days

$4,895

  • June 24th - July 14th
  • July 17th - August 6th
  • San Francisco, CA

Day 1

Passing over the unmistakable Golden Gate Bridge, Your plane will set down in San Francisco, right in the heart of the Bay Area. Excited to jump-start your adventure, as you deboard your plane you will immediately be greeted by your trip leaders, a group who unmistakably shares your enthusiasm. Next, you’ll meet your teammates as they all arrive at the airport. While new at first, it’s amazing how much you can have in common with kids from all over the country. And, as the entire group finds each other and assembles, we’ll hit the road towards our first campsite. Once there, it’s simply bonding and relaxation time, for we have a big day ahead of us. We’ll set up camp for the first time and enjoy our first meal under the Californian stars.

Day 2-3

First stop is fun and excitement on the waves at Half Moon Bay! Working with skilled surfing instructors, we’ll spend several days quickly learning the basics of this fun sport and be hanging ten on the famous California surf within a couple of hours.

Day 4-12

Next we’ll embark on some of the most awe-inspiring hikes this area has to boast. Before we prep for our backpacking trip, we will spend a day in Yosemite National Park exploring the famous views and sites within the park. Embarking on our hike from thriving alpine meadows, to glassy emerald lakes, to valley fields of mountain wild flowers, you’ll hardly believe you’ve covered such drastically diverse landscape on foot. All in all, you’re time spent in the Yosemite wilderness will surely set a positive tone for the rest of your trip. But most of all, you’ll be amazed at the noticeable transition you and your fellow trip mates have made from a group of students to an inseparable team.

Day 13-14

After our invigorating days in Yosemite have come to a close, our day of departure will be a welcomed change of pace. We’ll set out traveling westward toward California’s Central Valley, and also its thrilling American River. On our way though, we’ll be sure to take advantage of the numerous roadside farmer’s stands to pick up some freshly harvested Californian vegetables. Finally, when we arrive at camp, we’ll relax with some frisbee golf and a refreshing swim in the lake. The next day we’ll pick up the pace a little bit by taking to the whitewater of the American River. Professional guides will teach us all we need to know in order to conquer these class III rapids. They will also be sharing tales from the Gold Rush days as we stop for lunch along the river bank.

Day 15-19

After resting our legs whitewater rafting, we will set our sites north to the culminating activity. Mt. Shasta here we come! We will spend a day preparing for our climb and gathering the specialized gear we will need for our summit attempt.  The following day, to further compliment our already honed camping skills, we’ll spend two days in mountaineering school prior to our summit attempt. Among other skills, we’ll become educated on how to use ice axes, crampons and to travel in a rope team. Then finally, we’ll attempt to scale this impressive 14,179 foot spire. Climbing and working as a team, you will quickly see how naturally everything you’ve learned throughout your trip comes into action. Your summit experience will surely be a team victory, but truly a personal triumph as well.

Day 20-21

For our final two days together we’ll be rejoining civilization. While exploring beautiful San Francisco, we’ll browse through stores and souvenir shop for friends and family. Lastly, when our days together have drawn to a close, we’ll gather for one last time to enjoy a feast fitting of our journey’s memorable moments and glorious victories. Nobody likes goodbyes, but sometimes they’re inevitable. But even though we must part ways, you can do so with a world of memories, experiences, and reassurance that you’ll keep in touch with so many of the special individuals that seem like family to you after such a short while.

Day 1

Passing over the unmistakable Golden Gate Bridge, Your plane will set down in San Francisco, right in the heart of the Bay Area. Excited to jump-start your adventure, as you deboard your plane you will immediately be greeted by your trip leaders, a group who unmistakably shares your enthusiasm. Next, you’ll meet your teammates as they all arrive at the airport. While new at first, it’s amazing how much you can have in common with kids from all over the country. And, as the entire group finds each other and assembles, we’ll hit the road towards our first campsite. Once there, it’s simply bonding and relaxation time, for we have a big day ahead of us. We’ll set up camp for the first time and enjoy our first meal under the Californian stars.

Day 2-3

First stop is fun and excitement on the waves at Half Moon Bay! Working with skilled surfing instructors, we’ll spend several days quickly learning the basics of this fun sport and be hanging ten on the famous California surf within a couple of hours.

Day 4-12

Next we’ll embark on some of the most awe-inspiring hikes this area has to boast. Before we prep for our backpacking trip, we will spend a day in Yosemite National Park exploring the famous views and sites within the park. Embarking on our hike from thriving alpine meadows, to glassy emerald lakes, to valley fields of mountain wild flowers, you’ll hardly believe you’ve covered such drastically diverse landscape on foot. All in all, you’re time spent in the Yosemite wilderness will surely set a positive tone for the rest of your trip. But most of all, you’ll be amazed at the noticeable transition you and your fellow trip mates have made from a group of students to an inseparable team.

Day 13-14

After our invigorating days in Yosemite have come to a close, our day of departure will be a welcomed change of pace. We’ll set out traveling westward toward California’s Central Valley, and also its thrilling American River. On our way though, we’ll be sure to take advantage of the numerous roadside farmer’s stands to pick up some freshly harvested Californian vegetables. Finally, when we arrive at camp, we’ll relax with some frisbee golf and a refreshing swim in the lake. The next day we’ll pick up the pace a little bit by taking to the whitewater of the American River. Professional guides will teach us all we need to know in order to conquer these class III rapids. They will also be sharing tales from the Gold Rush days as we stop for lunch along the river bank.

Day 15-19

After resting our legs whitewater rafting, we will set our sites north to the culminating activity. Mt. Shasta here we come! We will spend a day preparing for our climb and gathering the specialized gear we will need for our summit attempt.  The following day, to further compliment our already honed camping skills, we’ll spend two days in mountaineering school prior to our summit attempt. Among other skills, we’ll become educated on how to use ice axes, crampons and to travel in a rope team. Then finally, we’ll attempt to scale this impressive 14,179 foot spire. Climbing and working as a team, you will quickly see how naturally everything you’ve learned throughout your trip comes into action. Your summit experience will surely be a team victory, but truly a personal triumph as well.

Day 20-21

For our final two days together we’ll be rejoining civilization. While exploring beautiful San Francisco, we’ll browse through stores and souvenir shop for friends and family. Lastly, when our days together have drawn to a close, we’ll gather for one last time to enjoy a feast fitting of our journey’s memorable moments and glorious victories. Nobody likes goodbyes, but sometimes they’re inevitable. But even though we must part ways, you can do so with a world of memories, experiences, and reassurance that you’ll keep in touch with so many of the special individuals that seem like family to you after such a short while.