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1 - 100 Guest(s)
Learn backpacking skills in the Bay Area's backyard.
Castle Rocks's proximity to the Bay Area and it's extensive trail system make this trip our most popular backpacking skills class. Join us as we travel through the Santa Cruz mountains, gaining beautiful views of the Monterey Bay, passing by redwoods and Castle Rock's unique sandstone features. We make our camp where we relax, share adventure stories and enjoy a backcountry meal.
This trip is designed for beginning backpackers in good physical condition, who are interested in learning the skills and gear required to be safe and comfortable in the back country.
You will learn foundations of:
- Leave No Trace Principals
- Gear required for multi-day back country travel
- How to use tents and stoves
- Backpack packing strategy
- Local wild edibles and other flora and fauna
What to expect
Trip leaves on Saturday morning and returns on Sunday at around 1:30pm
The trail is 3 miles to the campground and moderate to strenuous
The backpack will weigh 30-40 pounds (depending on what participants bring)
Sleeping bag liner
Dinner and breakfast
Good hiking shoes/boots
Learn backpacking skills in Bay Area's backyard.
Enjoy spectacular views of the Monterey Bay and Castle Rock's unique sandstone features.
No experience necessary. Backpacking gear is included.
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Treks + Tracks
Treks and Tracks offers various courses and experiences in outdoor activities. Be it rock climbing, backpacking or a navigation course, we strive to offer the highest quality experience to our clientele.
We hold our guides to the highest safety and guiding standards in the industry. All guides are trained in wilderness emergency procedures and professional guiding techniques. With over 30 years of combined outdoor adventure experience, each expedition and class has been carefully crafted to ensure an inspiring experience.
Operating since 2010, the mission of Treks and Tracks is to provide professional, fun and rewarding outdoor adventure experiences for clients of all ages and abilities, while managing the risks inherent in these activities. In addition, we strive to instill a sense of awe for and stewardship towards the natural world.
Here are some numbers we feel proud of – Since 2013 Treks and Tracks has:
Instructed over 600 kids in our programs
Instructed over 4,000 adults in our programs
Operated on 2 continents and 5 countries
Customized events and retreats for companies such as the North Face, Google and the Boy scouts of America
Planned expeditions in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada, Central America and Chile
A perfect track record in safety
We currently operate in six State and National Parks throughout the state of California. Our activities include rock climbing instruction of all levels, rappelling, overnight backpacking, map and compass navigation and tailored corporate team building events.