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Welcome to Outdoor Adventures!

Outdoor Adventures is a program committed to bring you a challenge. Whether it be mentally or physically, our classes and trips are bound to push you to your limits! We utilize natures resources, and experienced leaders to provide you with the best experience possible! Check out our dates for upcoming events. We hope to see you soon!

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GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

The Outdoor Adventure Program at CSU Channel Islands is primarily for students, faculty and staff. Guests and Community Members may not take part in outdoor adventure trips (OAT’s). CI identification is required to register for and attend all outdoor adventure trips (oat’s). Registration must be done online. Pre-registration is mandatory for all overnight trips as space is limited, but drop-ins are more than welcome to all workshops.

*Priority is given to students over Dolphin passport members when registering for these trips.

OAT INFORMATION

All of our trips are suitable for the first time beginner unless otherwise stated. Whether a participant has friends already going on a trip or they plan on making new ones our trips are for anyone looking for some adventure. Below is the intensity scale which will help participants judge how physically demanding each trip will be.

  • Scrub Jay – An easy relaxing trip with minimum physical stamina required
  • Island Fox – A trip that requires the participants to be physically active, but nothing too intense
  • Golden Eagle – A trip that will get the participant’s blood pumping and breathing hard, they must have physical stamina

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE LEADERS

All Outdoor leaders have personal backgrounds in the specific outdoor activity that they lead. Each leader must have a minimum of First Aid and CPR certification. Our OAT Leaders can help participants learn proper outdoor skills for any adventure. Trip location, equipment and instruction are all organized by our OA Leaders, so if you have any questions, please call us at 805-437-8902 or e-mail us at campusrecreation@csuci.edu

PRE-TRIP MEETINGS

All of the overnight OAT’s have a mandatory pre-trip meeting. This will consist of meeting everyone that will be going on the same trip, meeting the OAT Leaders and planning trip logistics such as location considerations, equipment needs and food (if provided). The meetings will be held in SUB2023B on the second floor of the Student Union. Dates and other information regarding the pre-trip meetings will be sent via e-mail as the trip approaches.

*Pre-trip meetings are MANDATORY! If for some reason you cannot make it to the specified date and time, please contact one of the OA Leaders so you can meet individually to receive the information. Call us at 805-437-8902 or e-mail us at campusrecreation@csuci.edu

TRANSPORTATION

Participants will need to provide their own transportation for all outdoor adventure trips. Carpooling helps keep the cost of trips down. Transportation arrangements are the responsibility of the participants.

WHAT GEAR WILL I NEED?

Each trip is different in its unique way and personal gear will vary depending on which trip you are interested in. Either during the pre-trip meeting, or on the registration page, you will find a general list of all gear you will need for a trip. These lists are very specific so that you may have a fun and enjoyable time. Even though we live in California and our climate is perfect, you never know when it might get cold or start to rain. The main goal is to be comfortable and happy by being well prepared. Don’t worry if you don’t have everything on the list because you can always borrow from our rental program. If at any point you have questions your trip leaders can help or you can call the Rec Center at 805-437-8902 or e-mail us at campusrecreation@csuci.edu


DAY TRIPS - Fall 2017

Solstice Canyon Trail (Day Hike)

Friday, February 10

  • Departure Location: A2 parking lot behind Sage Hall
  • Departure Time from campus: 10:00a.m.
  •  Arrival on Campus: 4:00p.m.

Saturday, February 18

  • Departure Location: A2 parking lot behind Sage Hall
  • Departure Time from campus: 10:00a.m.
  •  Arrival on Campus: 4:00p.m.
  • Driving duration from campus: 40 minutes
  • Hike Duration: 4 hours
  • Rating: Golden Eagle
  • Register Now! (Event has passed, join us next time)
    • Students/Dolphin Passport Members: $FREE
    • Community Members: $15

The trail leads past the Keller House, a small community of houses that now lay in ruins, and a stream that is fed by a small waterfall. Continuing through the Sostomo Trail, the trail becomes steeper then levels out for a brief period of time. This patterns happens throughout, yet it is mainly uphill. There are a few times on the trail in that it goes down hill and passes a few more bodies of water and another house. Also, there are parts that are well shaded throughout. However, most of it is in direct sunlight. At the end of the hike, there is an amazing overview of the canyon and the ocean. The trek back to the trailhead is mostly down hill with very few inclines. There is a colossal rock that can be viewed on the way in and back. The scenery is full of lush, green plant life and wildlife (squirrels, 2-3 different types of birds that were seen, crickets, butterflies, and even a dragonfly). Many of the flowers have an exquisite coloring and very vibrant.


Triunfo (Sunset Hike)

Saturday February 11
  • Departure Location: A2 parking lot behind Sage Hall
  • Departure time from campus:  4:30p.m.
  •  Arrival on Campus: 6:30p.m.

Friday April 7

  • Departure Location: A2 parking lot behind Sage Hall
  • Departure Time from campus: 6:00p.m.
  •  Arrival on Campus: 8:00p.m.
  • Driving duration from campus: 30 Minutes
  • Hike Duration: 1 hour
  • Rating: Scrub Jay
  • Register Now! (Event has passed, join us next time)
    • Students/Dolphin Passport Members: $FREE
    • Community Members: $15

Triunfo Creek Park has 600 acres of land and many trails to choose from. The one that was chosen this time does not go too far into the park. When you first arrive, there are two signs points in different directions. Take the right trail that says Westlake. You will go through a small patch of trees and bushes, then head up a small hill that has some loose gravel. At the top of the hill, there is a lake that is fenced off. However, it is still a very gorgeous sight to see the lake surrounded by much greenery. There is not much shade provided on this trail. Come see Westlake as the sunsets over the lake and some spectacular hills.


Mugu Peak through Chumash Trailhead (Sunset Hike)

Friday February 17
  • Departure Location: A2 parking lot behind Sage Hall
  • Departure time from campus:  4:30p.m.
  •  Arrival on Campus: 7:00p.m.

Saturday April 8

  • Departure Location: A2 parking lot behind Sage Hall
  • Departure Time from campus: 4:45p.m.
  •  Arrival on Campus: 7:15p.m.
  • Driving duration from campus: 15 minutes
  • Hike Duration: 2 hours
  • Rating: Golden Eagle
  • Register Now! (Event has passed, join us next time)
    • Students/Dolphin Passport Members: $FREE
    • Community Members: $15

The trail leads off a slightly steep walk up the Santa Monica Mountain Range for about a mile and a half. After the first mile or so  the trail splits off into two (left and right). For a scenic view, go right which leads to a trail that ends at edge of a hill for a slight catch of breath. Going left in the trail-cutoff leads in a loop around Mugu peak. To go to Mugu peak follow the ½ mile of an extraneous incline to the top of the peak where you can see the Channel Islands, clouds below you, and an American flag gusting with the wind. Near the flag is a box that contains paper and writings from previous visitors in which participants can also leave notes. The hike returning from the peak and the loop is dangerously steep and should take the greatest caution going down. The trail between the peak and the loop does have loose soil that can easily cause a participant to slip. After the decline, the return is fairly moderate depending on speed of the participant. Please take every precaution to take your time going down.


Dairy Farm (Sunset Hike)

Thursday February 23

  • Departure Location: Front of Sage Hall
  • Departure time from campus:  4:30p.m.
  •  Arrival on Campus: 7:00p.m.

Thursday March 9

  • Departure Location: Front of Sage Hall
  • Departure Time from campus: 4:45p.m.
  •  Arrival on Campus: 7:15p.m.
  • Driving time from campus: 5 minutes
  • Hike Duration: 2 hours
  • Rating: 
    • Scrub Jay around the farm. 
    • Island Fox around the farm and up the hills.
  • Register Now! (Event has passed, join us next time)
    • Students/Dolphin Passport Members: $FREE
    • Community Members: $15

The trail head begins at the intersection of Dairy Road and Camarillo Street. Walking or driving there is acceptable. Parking is abundant at the trail head only from sunrise through sunset. Once at the trail head through the dirt path and see the rubble that has been left from the 2013 fire. The dirt path will lead you to the dairy farm as well as the abandoned building at CSUCI. See for yourself the remaining rubble of Camarillo State Hospital and give your thoughts of what this building was used for. After the tour around the buildings challenge yourself up the hills and have a scenic view of UGLEN and CSUCI’s main campus.


Rose Valley Falls Day Hike

Friday, March 3

  • Departure Location: Front of Sage Hall
  • Departure time from campus:  11:00a.m.
  •  Arrival on Campus: 2:00p.m.

Saturday March 11

  • Departure Location: Front of Sage Hall
  • Departure time from campus:  11:00a.m.
  •  Arrival on Campus: 2:00p.m.
  • Driving time from campus: 1 hour
  • Hike Duration: 1 hour
  • Rating:Island Fox 
  • Register Now!
  • Students/Dolphin Passport Members: $FREE
  • Community Members: $15

Begin the trailhead from the campground and follow the signposted as “Rose Valley Falls”. The hike passing the campgrounds will embark into a narrow trail in which you will see a variety of critters running around amongst the lush vegetation the area has to offer. During the middle of the Rose Valley Trail you will have to jump over a few creeks in which will take you to some good resting spots with abundance of shade if needed. In less than a mile, you will have a view of the waterfall in which you can explore and feel the refreshing water. For those who wish to explore more of the trail, there will be several trails that will lead to the top of the falls. The safest and most durable one is a few yards heading back along the trail next to an interesting rock formation that crosses the trail. The trail will be loose rock that will have small pebbles in your shoes. Keep a clear distance from people in front of and behind you as there will be small pebbles falling with every step. After the climb up, follow the trail to the left. Be extra cautious on footing as the trail gets extremely narrow. The end of the narrow trail will lead to spectacular view on top of the waterfall. Expect the same conditions going back down through the trails.


Zuma Canyon Trail Day Hike

Saturday, March 4

  • Departure Location: Front of Sage Hall
  • Departure time from campus:  11:00a.m.
  •  Arrival on Campus: 2:30p.m.

Friday, March 10

  • Departure Location: Front of Sage Hall
  • Departure time from campus:  11:00a.m.
  •  Arrival on Campus: 2:30p.m.
  • Driving time from campus: 40 minutes
  • Hike Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Rating: Scrub Jay
  • Register Now!
    • Students/Dolphin Passport Members: $FREE
    • Community Members: $15

Take a relaxing stroll through the lush vegetation of what the Santa Monica Mountain Range has to offer. Take some time for yourself and breathe in the fresh air to get away from midterms and other stressful situations. The sandy single track shoots north through open space, crossing and following a stony creek bed. Sporadic oaks and sycamores become more concentrated as the mouth of the canyon closes. Enjoy the increasing shade and lush canyon views. The easy trail climbs only 115 feet and has no steep sections. After 1.4 miles, the canyon narrows and the trail dissolves. A cluster of large boulders fill the creek bed, signifying the end of the Zuma Canyon out-and-back.


OVERNIGHT TRIPS - Fall 2016

Los Padres Adventure (3 Days, 2 nights)

  • Friday, May  5, 2017 - Sunday, May 7, 2017
  • Pre Trip Meeting Date: Friday, April 28 at 6:30p.m. in the Recreation Center.  
  • Rating: Island Fox
  • Register Now!
    • Students: $25
    • Dolphin Passport Members: $150

We will be driving up to our campsite and hiking and explore the Los Padres National Forest in the beautiful Santa Ynez area during this adventurous weekend.  

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Santa Barbara Camping and Rock Climbing (3 Days, 2 nights)

  • Friday, February  24, 2017 - Sunday, February 26, 2017
  • Pre Trip Meeting Date: Friday, February 17 at 6:30p.m. in the Recreation Center.  
  • Rating: Golden Eagle
  • Register Now! (Event has passed, join us next time)
    • Students: $50
    • Dolphin Passport Members: $165

Spend the weekend camping in Santa Barbara and on Saturday we will be rock climbing!  A thorough introduction to rock craft with the emphasis on safety and fun. The trip begins with “ground school” focusing on equipment, knots, anchors and belaying. Your guide will offer hands-on teaching of climbing techniques, communication signals and terminology.  The sites we use offer top-rope protected rock climbs up to 80 feet, with a variety of levels available. The day will be spent covering the absolute essentials for safely climbing steep rock and is a valuable course for those wishing to continue the sport. Classes are taught on low-angle, moderate rock suitable for novices.


Santa Cruz Island Camping and kayaking (3 Days, 2 nights)

  • Friday, April  21, 2017 - Sunday, April 23, 2017
  • Pre Trip Meeting Date: Friday, April 14 at 6:30p.m. in the Recreation Center.
  • Rating: Island Fox
  • Register Now!
    • Students: $65
    • Dolphin Passport Members: $200

Come join us for a full weekend of adventure! Leaving early Friday morning, we set sail from Ventura Harbor for Santa Cruz Island.  Upon arrival we set up camp and start our adventure both on the island and on the water.  

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