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+-Backpack Yosemite

Backpack YsemiteGet ready to lace up your boots and head out for an adventure! We will depart Los Angeles and drive up Highway 395 past the majestic wall of the Eastern Sierra. After approximately a 6-hour van ride we’ll arrive at June Lake, where we have campsites reserved for our first night. The next morning we’ll drive up the steep grade to Tuolumne Meadows, the gem of Yosemite’s high country, where we’ll stop to stretch our legs and pick up our wilderness permit before continuing to the Ten Lakes trailhead.

From there we’ll hike into the wilderness for three days and two nights with just the packs on our backs. From the Ten Lakes trailhead it is five miles to the 10,000-foot Ten Lakes Pass, with a steep climb of over 800 feet in the last mile! The view from the pass will make it all worthwhile, and we’ll hike down into Ten Lakes Basin, where we’ll set up our wilderness campsite. If we’re feeling energetic the next day, we can attempt one of the nearby peaks--or if a mellow day is desired, we can explore the basin, swimming in lakes and looking for the perfect flat rock to nap on. After a second night in the wilderness, we’ll pack up and hike back over Ten Lakes Pass and down to the vans for the drive home.

This wilderness trip includes: van transportation, camping fees and wilderness permits, group camping gear (tents, stoves, pots and pans), experienced guides, and all meals--except lunch on the road the first day and dinner on the road on the last day of the trip (bring some money or a card, we’ll stop for something quick along the way). Group gear includes tents, but not your personal ‘sleep system’ (ground pad and sleeping bag) or backpack.

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+-Kayak and Hike the High Sierras

kayak and hike the High SierrasThis trip highlights some of the most diverse scenery of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The group will depart Los Angeles and head north toward Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern Sierras. The van ride to our campsites at June Lake is approximately 6 hours long, so sit back and enjoy views of the Mojave Desert and the towering wall of the Eastern Sierra while getting to know your classmates.

From our base camp at June Lake, we’ll spend two full days exploring very different aspects of the Eastern Sierra. Nearby Mono Lake is home to remarkable scenic paddling and a vibrant ecosystem. Few people ever get to paddle a kayak past strange tufa formations and abundant waterfowl on the buoyant, saline waters of Mono Lake, but we’ll get to experience this with a local licensed guide. On our other full day in the Sierra, we’ll head out on a mountain trail in search of alpine lakes and views of snowcapped peaks. This all-day hike might test your stamina, but we’ll be prepared to tailor the day to the needs of the group.

Trip includes: van transportation, Mono Lake kayak rental, June Lake camping fees, group camping gear (tents, stoves, pots and pans), experienced guides, and all meals--except lunch on the road the first day and dinner on the road on the last day of the trip (bring some money or a card, we’ll stop for something quick along the way). Group gear includes tents, but not your personal ‘sleep system’ (ground pad and sleeping bag).

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+-Giant Sequoia Camping and Hiking

Giant Tree

Giant Sequoias, the world's largest trees, grow only in canyons on the southwest side of the Sierra Nevada. Come visit this area with us for four days of camping, hiking, and yoga, good food, good company, fresh air and starry skies. We will camp at the legendary Quaking Aspen Campground, situated next to a lovely meadow with trails leading down into Giant Sequoia National Monument and up to the spectacular Slate Mountain, a classic Sierra peak from which Mt. Whitney can be seen on a clear day. A variety of day-hikes are possible--and relaxation, reading, and yoga in the meadow are great options too! One thing is certain--we'll be sure to visit the Big Trees!

This trip includes group gear (tents, stoves, pots and pans), campsites, transportation, experienced guides, and all meals--except lunch on the road the first day and dinner on the road on the last day of the trip (bring some money or a card, we’ll stop for something quick along the way). Group gear includes tents, but not your personal ‘sleep system’ (ground pad and sleeping bag). 

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    Kelli Sattler
    Associate Director for Student Affair, First Year Programs
    714-997-6961
    sattler@chapman.edu

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