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.

Registration Information – Spring 2016

SO Member registration for all Adventure Program experiences occurs in-person at the Outdoor Center on Wednesday, March 30 at 8:00am. Registration opens for non-members on Wednesday, April 6 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
2Rock Climbing, Hiking and Camping at Pinnacles National ParkFriday 4/8 at 2:00pm to Sunday 4/10 in the eveningTry rock climbing and explore caves in CA's newest National Park. Includes meals.Wednesday 4/6 at 6:30pm$60/$90Easy-moderate
2Flatwater Kayaking and Birdwatching Elkhorn Slough Sunday 4/10 at 6:00am to afternoonPaddle a marine estuary teeming with birds and marine mammals. Includes lunch.None$15/$100 Easy
3Backpacking Sykes Hot Springs #1Friday 4/15 at 2:00pm to Sunday 4/17 in the eveningBackpack the rugged Ventana Wilderness to remote hot springs. Includes meals. Wednesday 4/13 at 6:30pm$40/$60Strenuous
4Day Hiking Mt. Tamalpais and Stinson BeachSaturday 4/23 at 8:00am to late afternoonEnjoy redwoods, beautiful coastal vistas, and lunch at the beach. Includes lunch.None$15/$25Moderate-strenuous
5Camping and Hiking Pt. ReyesFriday 4/29 at 2:00pm to Sunday 5/1 in the afternoonAfter hiking in a few miles to camp, enjoy a weekend day hiking and playing on the beach. Includes meals.Wednesday 4/27 at 6:30pm$40/$60Easy-moderate
5Camping and Hiking Yosemite #1Friday 4/29 at 12:30pm, return Sunday afternoon/eveningCamp and hike past waterfalls in one of America's most beautiful parks. Includes meals.Wednesday 4/27 at 6:30pm$60/$90Moderate-strenuous
6Backpacking Sykes Hot Springs #2Friday 5/7 at 12:30pm to Sunday eveningBackpack the rugged Ventana Wilderness to remote hot springs. Includes meals. Wednesday 5/5 at 6:30pm$40/$60Strenuous
7Camping and Hiking Yosemite #2Friday 5/20 at 12:30pm to Sunday 5/22Camp and hike past waterfalls in one of America's most beautiful parks. Includes meals.Wednesday, 5/18 at 6:30pm$60/$90Moderate-strenuous
8Day Hike to Big BasinSaturday 5/21 at 8:00am to afternoonHike through Redwoods to a remote waterfall. Includes lunch.None$15/25Strenuous

Adventure Program Clinics

Clinic TitleOn-Campus SessionsTrip DatesTrip Location(s)Cost (Member/Non-Member)Brief DescriptionSignups
Introduction to Whitewater KayakingPool Sessions Wednesdays 4/6-5/4 6:30pm-8:00pm at AOERC PoolSaturday 5/7-Sunday 5/8South Fork American River $50/$75Learn whitewater kayaking basics culminating in a full class 2+ whitewater experienceEmail by April 1
Introduction to WindsurfingM-F sections available 2:30pm-5:30pm at Felt Lake for 7 weeks. Class meets at AOERCNoneNone$100/$150Learn windsurfing basic weekly at Stanford's own Felt Lake!Sign up at the Outdoor Center starting Thursday, 3/31 at 3:00pm.