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 23rd - July 13th
  • July 16th - August 5th
  • San Francisco, CA

Day 1

Passing over the unmistakable Golden Gate Bridge, your plane will set down in San Francisco. Excited to jumpstart your adventure, you will 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. After 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 4-6

Next, we will spend some time 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, your 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 7-8

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 riverbank.

Day 9-14

One of California’s best kept secrets, the Trinity Alps provides a setting of Granite Spires, azure lakes, snow fields, and flower filled meadows. Here, we will increase strength and refine backcountry skills. Route finding and navigation, food prep, Leave No Trace, and leadership skills will help with our upcoming summit climb of one of the most impressive peaks in the Coastal Range.

Day 15-18

We will set our sights 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 19-21

As we make our way south back towards to Bay Area, a visit to Muir Woods National Monument will allow us to experience the towering old-growth redwood trees. For our final two days together we’ll be rejoining civilization. While exploring beautiful San Francisco sites such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf, 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. As we must part ways, we 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. Excited to jumpstart your adventure, you will 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. After 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 4-6

Next, we will spend some time 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, your 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 7-8

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 riverbank.

Day 9-14

One of California’s best kept secrets, the Trinity Alps provides a setting of Granite Spires, azure lakes, snow fields, and flower filled meadows. Here, we will increase strength and refine backcountry skills. Route finding and navigation, food prep, Leave No Trace, and leadership skills will help with our upcoming summit climb of one of the most impressive peaks in the Coastal Range.

Day 15-18

We will set our sights 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 19-21

As we make our way south back towards to Bay Area, a visit to Muir Woods National Monument will allow us to experience the towering old-growth redwood trees. For our final two days together we’ll be rejoining civilization. While exploring beautiful San Francisco sites such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf, 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. As we must part ways, we 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.