Back Pack California’s Lost Coast
Our trip starts at San Francisco International Airport. From the redwoods of the Pacific Ocean to the whitewater of the American River, The Wild Traveler’s Wild California summer teen tour includes some of California’s most popular outdoor sports – whitewater rafting, stand up paddle boarding, and backpacking. We will learn about California’s natural and human history, through adventure activities, community service, and a tour of one of California’s most interesting city, San Francisco. Click to see our Day to Day Itinerary. No experience required! Everything is included!
Learn the skill to Backpack along California’s Lost Coast. Hike beneath the tallest trees in the world as we make our way along the rugged wilderness coastline. Our evenings will be spent getting to know each other and camping out under the stars.
Learn About Gold Country
As we make our way across gold country, learn about the 1849 gold rush, as we pass through ghost towns from 1849. Try your hand gold panning on the American River. According to BBC News it is estimated that not more than 15% of California’s gold has been found. Find out what gold fever is all about.
Whitewater Raft the Middle Fork of the American River
In the foothills of the Sierras, our two day river rafting trip will teach us how to work as a team and learn how to read the river, as we navigate the class III rapids of this truly marvelous river. Two days in the canyon, rafting, hiking up tributary streams, camping on remote beaches, relaxing, and kayaking.
Three Day Surf Camp in Santa Cruz
Visit the quintessential Californian surf town of Santa Cruz. Check out the rides of the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk and learn how to stand up paddle board – the new ocean sport hitting the surfing world. If there’s a swell, we will switch out our paddle boards for surf boards and catch some waves.
Service Learning Project with Natural Bridges State Beach
After each morning of surfing we will be volunteering on a service project with Natural Bridges State Beach working on projects such as trail maintenance, invasive species removal, and beach clean up.
Tour of San Francisco
Experience the city of San Francisco, visit Alcatraz, ride a cable car, visit the shops of Fisherman’s Warf. We will enjoy our last dinner on the town and head back to our hostel where we all will take part in our end of program festivities.