Forest Frolic: Mountain Camping

May 10 - May 12, 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: Beginner

Trip Highlights

  • Introduction to camping
  • Basic hiking instruction
  • Incredible fresh-water views
  • Introduction to Leave No Trace principles
  • Local area exploration
  • Starry night camping in the foothills


  • The group will depart Friday, after an afternoon briefing.
  • Friday night dinner on the road. Camp set-up upon arrival to the campsite.
  • Local area exploration throughout Saturday.
  • Camp overnight
  • Return to campus on Sunday.

What's Included

  • Transportation and campsite reservations
  • Basic instruction
  • 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

  • Backpack for day hiking; 25L minimum
  • Sleeping bag (preferably 0 degree)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Headlamp
  • At least 2L of water carrying capacity.
  • Quart-sized bag of personal snacks.
  • Warm upper and lower layers.
  • Active clothes for hiking.
  • Rain jacket
  • Camp clothes
  • Sturdy weatherproof hiking shoes
  • Warm thick wool socks
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • 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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