One of the many unique opportunities that come with living in the Monterey Bay area is the beautiful environment that can be found in our own backyard. California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is only a few miles away from beautiful beaches, Fort Ord National Monument, several state parks and the Big Sur region. With so many places to explore and sights to see, one would be mistaken to not take in as much of the world around them as they possibly can. Luckily, there are many activities offered at CSUMB that make outdoor exploration easily accessible for all students.
On Oct. 6, CSUMB Outdoor Recreation will be hosting a day hike in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, arguably one of the most beautiful places on the California coast. The hike will explore the gorgeous redwoods of the park, as well as the many ocean views accessible by the trails. It costs only $15 to reserve a spot on this hike; however, spaces on the hike are limited, so a sooner sign-up time is always beneficial. Transportation is provided to and from Big Sur.
If you cannot make the Pfeiffer Big Sur hike, there are plenty of other opportunities through CSUMB to explore the natural world around you. Outdoor Recreation will be taking a group for a day hike in Nisene Marks State Park, located in the Santa Cruz mountains, on Oct. 27. Like Big Sur, the beauty of the redwoods is enough of a draw for many to check out this state park. Again, the cost of the hike is $15 for transportation, with limited space.
For those who enjoy spending ample time in the great outdoors, there are camping opportunities available as well. The soonest camping opportunity will take place on Oct. 12-14 in the redwoods of Big Basin State Park in the Santa Cruz mountains. This will be a great opportunity to make new friends and learn more about the environment around you. The trip costs $100, which covers the cost of food, transportation and some gear. Registration priority will be given to Outdoor Adventure Living Learning Program students, but all students are welcome to partake in the trip.
These are just a few examples of exciting upcoming opportunities to explore the great outdoors. More trips are available online, and it can always be fun to get a group of friends together and plan your own hiking trip as well. Most state parks cost $10 for parking, but the trails, overlooks and beaches (if in the area) are free. It can also be helpful to know that once a parking permit is purchased at any state park, it can be used at any other California State Park if used in the same day. Adventure is out there!