Monterey Camping & Hiking

May 12 - May 14, 2023

$200 students / $240 non-students

What better way to head into the weekend than discovering all that Monterey has to offer! Setup at a local campground before being whisked away to many of the must-see sites along the Central Coast. Enjoy exploring incredible beaches, hiking among giant redwood forests, gazing at constellations, and finding hidden tidepools. A visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium is included in the cost of your trip!


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Skill Level: Mild

Activity Level: Beginner

Trip Highlights

  • Coastal hiking
  • Local area exploration
  • Tidepools
  • Marine life exploration
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium visit

Potential teachable moments:

  • Beginner and Camping Tips
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Cultural and Natural History


  • A pre-trip meeting will be held in the weeks prior to the trip. Participants will receive confirmation of a pre-trip date and time after registering.


  • General comfort and ease in water preferred
  • Participants should have the ability to tread water above head height for approximately one minute.
  • Comfortable in the water, swimming up to 100 yards.

What's Included

  • Transportation
  • Group gear: pots, pans, stoves, water filters, tents, maps, GPS, first aid kits, 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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