Adventure Program


The Adventure Program offers exciting outdoor trips, courses and clinics each quarter and over intersession breaks. The Adventure Program is subsidized by the Stanford Outdoors (SO) student group, providing student members the opportunity to participate in outdoor experiences at the lowest possible cost.

Want to see a trip or course happen that is not currently being offered? Download and submit a Trip Proposal Form here. GSB students may submit a GSB Trip Proposal form here.

Registration Information – Fall 2016

SO Member registration for all Adventure Program experiences occurs in-person at the Outdoor Center on Wednesday, September 28th at 8:00am. Registration opens for non-members on Wednesday, October 5 during Outdoor Center Hours. Bring printed and completed Assumption of Risk and Medical History forms to expedite the registration process. Adventure Program Registration Policies:

  • NO REFUNDS will be issued for any reason, unless the trip is cancelled.  For more expensive trips, consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance that protects you from canceling for unforeseeable circumstances such as injury or illness.  We recommend Travel Guard.
  • Individuals must be present to sign up for trips. Friends/partners cannot sign someone else up.
  • Due to high demand, SO Members can sign up for only one multi-day Adventure Program trip during member registration week. Registration after the first week is unlimited.
  • Stanford IDs will be checked by Outdoor Center staff to confirm memberships and Stanford affiliation.
  • Registration is on first come, first served basis.
  • Pre-trip meetings, if noted, are REQUIRED.

Adventure Program Trips

Unless otherwise noted, no previous experience is required for any of our trips and transportation is provided. Trips indicated as moderately to very strenuous require a high level of fitness and typically require you to hike/paddle/ski/etc. many miles per day, often carrying your own equipment.  Contact the Outdoor Center for more information.

Week#Trip TitleDates/Time(s)Brief Description Pre-Trip MeetingCost (Member/Non-Member)Difficulty Level
2Camping & Hiking in Yosemite National Park #1Friday 10/7 at 12:00pm to Sunday 10/9 in the eveningCamp and hike past waterfalls in one of America's most beautiful parks. Includes meals.Wednesday 10/5 at 6:30pm.$60/$90Moderate-strenuous
2Wilderness Retreat: Explore Henry Coe State ParkFriday 10/7 at 12:00pm to Sunday in the evening.Pack your hiking boots, a good book, and leave your cell phone behind. Retreat into CA's largest state park for a weekend of backpacking and reflection.Wednesday 10/5 at 6:30pm.$40/$70Moderate-strenuous
3Day Hiking Angel IslandSaturday 10/15 at 7am to eveningExplore this CA State Park by ferry then by foot where you feel like you are away from it all.Wednesday 10/12 at 6:30pm.$25/$45Moderate
3Day Hiking Mt. Tamalpais and Stinson BeachSaturday 10/15 at 8:00am to late afternoonEnjoy redwoods, beautiful coastal vistas, and lunch at the beach. Includes lunch.None.$15/$25Moderate-strenuous
4Camping & Hiking Pinnacles National ParkFriday 10/21 at 12:00pm to Sunday 10/23 in the eveningExplore towering rock spires and spot incredible wildlife like eagles and condor inside Pinnacles National Park.Wednesday 10/19 at 6:30pm.$60/$90Easy-moderate
4Day Hike Big Basin State ParkSaturday 10/22 8:00am-afternoon/eveningHike through Redwoods to a remote waterfall. Includes lunch.None.$15/$25Moderate
5Camping & Hiking in Yosemite National Park #2Friday 10/28 at 12:00PM-Sunday 10/30 afternoon or evening.Camp and hike past waterfalls in one of America's most beautiful parks. Includes meals.Wednesday 10/26 at 6:30pm.$60/$90Moderate-strenuous
6Backpacking Pt. Reyes National SeashoreFriday 11/4 at 12:00pm to Sunday 11/6 in the evening.Backpack along the coast of a protected, picturesque nature reserve.Wednesday 11/2 at 6:30pm.$40/$60Moderate-strenuous
7Bouldering Castle Rock State ParkSaturday 11/12 at 8:00am to 5:00pm.Explore a local bouldering crag with SOE.None.$15/$25Moderate
8Backpacking the Skyline to the Sea TrailSaturday 11/19 at 12pm to Monday 11/21 in the afternoon.Backpack the rugged Skyline to the Sea Trail from Castle Rock State Park to Waddell Beach. A class Bay Area hike for your bucket list.Wednesday 11/16 at 6:30pm.$40/$60Strenuous
9Camping & Climbing in Pinnacles National ParkFriday 12/2 at 12pm to Sunday 12/4 in the evening.Top-rope in Pinnacles National Park, then return to a comfy campsite at night to relax.Wednesday 11/30 at 6:30pm.$60/$90Moderate

Adventure Program Clinics

Clinic TitleOn-Campus SessionsTrip DatesTrip Location(s)Cost (Member/Non-Member)Brief DescriptionSignups
Introduction to Whitewater KayakingPool Sessions Wednesdays starting 10/5-11/2 6:30pm-8:00pm at AOERC PoolSaturday 11/5-Sunday 11/6South Fork American River $50/$75Learn whitewater kayaking basics culminating in a full class 2+ whitewater experienceEmail, and explain in a sentence or two why you want to learn to kayak whitewater!