Plan Your Own Adventure

Need to get away for a weekend? Check out this 3-day trip to Point Reyes!

Get away from campus and explore one of the California classics.

Looking for a beautiful costal trail? The Ewoldsen Trail will knock for socks off!

Lassen National Park is one of the unknown treasures of California.


Want to get out of the “Stanford Bubble?” This online guide is by-students, for-students, to assist you in exploring the local outdoor spaces in California and beyond. Distances are calculated in proximity to campus.

We hope you’ll use this tool to check some awesome, adventurous, CA destinations off your Stanford Bucket List!

SUBMIT YOUR TRIP REPORT HERE. We collect trip reports on a rolling basis, but it can take some time to process and post all of your adventures.

Here are the top five destinations on Stanford student’s travel wishlist:

  1. Yosemite National Park
  2. Lake Tahoe/Desolation Wilderness
  3. Big Sur
  4. Point Reyes National Seashore
  5. Monterey Bay and Pacific Grove

What Stanford students say are the must-do adventures while at Stanford:

  1. Lead SPOT (Stanford Pre-Orientation Trips)!
  2. XC Skiing and snowshoeing in Tahoe
  3. Hike Half Dome in Yosemite NP
  4. Go climbing in Joshua Tree NP
  5. Surfing in Pacifica, CA
  6. Stand Up Paddleboarding in Half Moon Bay, CA
  7. Summit Mt. Shasta
  8. Backpacking in Pt Reyes on the coast

Search for a trip! Choose from any (or all!) of the categories to narrow down your search.

Check out our difficulty rating system here.

Destination Activity Drive Time Environment Difficulty

Ewoldsen Trail & McWay Waterfall

Day Hike 3 Coastal 3

Soberanes Canyon Loop

Day Hike 2 Coastal 3

Redwood Nature Trail

Day Hike 2 Forest 1

3-Night Point Reyes Backpacking

Backpacking 2 Coastal 4

Castle Rock Loop (Long)

Day Hike 1 Forest 3

Mist Trail

Day Hike 4 Mountains 3

Castle Rock Loop (Short)

Day Hike 1 Forest 2

3-Night Lost Coast Backpacking

Backpacking 10 Coastal 4

Pfieffer Falls

Day Hike 3 Coastal 1

Tanbark Trail

Day Hike 3 Coastal 3