Backpacking & Hiking

This program is designed to make backpacking accessible for everyone by utilizing short to mid-distance routes. During the pre-trip meeting we’ll arrange the Friday afternoon departure, transportation, meals and equipment. All trips include transportation, food, and an experienced instructor. If you don’t have some of the equipment, don’t worry! Any rentals that you need are available at Center Activities and are included in the trip cost. Our goal is to get you into the wilderness.

Be sure to come to our FREE Backpacking Seminars offered each semester! Our professional outdoor staff cover the basics of equipment, clothing, food packs, and "Leave No Trace Principles." Everyone is invited to come meet other hikers who are looking for local backpacking adventures.


Explore our backyard! This 2 hour, easy to moderate hike, takes you through the pristine Arcata... read more!
September 8
Every journey begins with a first step. This course is designed to learn the basics of backpacking... read more!
September 16 - 17
The Wonderland of Backpacking! Clear streams, grassy meadows, waterfalls, swimming holes, alpine... read more!
September 29 - October 1


The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) provides basic life support care to critically ill or...
August 21 - December 12
In this wilderness survival course students will go beyond the romantic notion of the “struggle to...
August 22 - October 3
This class is an introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a martial art from Brazil where the Gracie...
August 28 - October 5
Do those ominous clouds discourage you from venturing outdoors? Does that wait for a sunny day seem...
August 29