Spring Ascent: Central Coast Backpacking

May 03 - May 05, 2024

$220 students / $270 non-students

Embark on a thrilling weekend backpacking trip throughout the Central Coast. Experience panoramic vistas, immersive wilderness, and treasured times with fellow adventurers. Hot meals, starry nights, and unforgettable journeys await.


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Skill Level: Beginner

Activity Level: Basic Knowledge

Trip Highlights

  •  Introduction to backpacking and basic instruction
  •  Potential snow encounter
  • Local and cultural history
  • Introduction to Leave No Trace principles
  •  Exploration of one of the most diverse forests in CA.


  • The group will pack-up on Friday afternoon; basic instructions will be provided.
  • Friday night dinner on the road.
  • Saturday backpacking up one of the taller peaks in the county.
  • Return to campus on Sunday.

What's Included

  • Transportation and campsite reservations
  • Basic instruction
  • Backpacking backpack
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
  • Headlamp
  • Group gear: tents, pots, pans, stoves, water filters, first aid kits, GPS, camp tools,
  • Meals: Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday breakfast, lunch

What to Bring

  • A more comprehensive list will be distributed at the trip’s pre-trip meeting by the Trip Leaders.
  • Money for food on the road Friday night
  • At least 2L of water carrying capacity.
  • Quart sized bag of personal snacks, and eating utensils.
  • Warm upper and lower layers.
  • Active clothes for hiking.
  • Rain jacket
  • Camp clothes
  • Sturdy weatherproof hiking shoes
  • Warm thick wool socks and gloves
  • Hat and sunglasses
Need Rental Equipment?

The Poly Escapes Rental Center at the Cal Poly Recreation Center has the gear you need for your next adventure! Explore our selection online, then visit the Rental Center to equip your trip.

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