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Outdoor Excursions and Events


Outdoor Recreation provides the Pepperdine community many opportunities to meet new people, see new places, and have new and diverse experiences through outdoor adventures. Programs are available to all students and cater to various skill and experience levels. A primary goal for all outdoor trips and excursions is to build community through a cooperative effort by appreciating God's beauty in the wilderness while sharing adventures and creating friendships. In order to achieve this goal, campus recreation seeks to challenge students to break away from their day-to-day routines by offering day trips, weekend trips, and extended week-long excursions that vary in outdoor activities to destinations such as Yosemite National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Malibu Creek State Park, the Channel Islands National Park, and more.

Below you can find our current list of upcoming day excursions and overnight trips available for registration!


What Students Are Saying

  • "A new experience was engaging with a lot of people I never met before, and becoming close with them. I meet a lot of new people, but am not always able to form relationships with them. This trip allowed me to go deeper in those relationships."
  • "I signed up on a whim and ended up loving every minute of it. The hike, the s'mores, the horseback riding, and making new friends all came together to make for an incredible, unforgettable weekend."
  • "It was awesome to be away from Malibu and the stress of regular daily life and just focus on God and the nature he created and hear some great messages."
  • "It was impossible to be immersed in so much natural beauty and not appreciate the wonder of God's creation. The stars particularly made an enormous impact, and I know it's something I'll remember for the rest of my life."

God in the Wilderness: Spring Break Ski Trip

Although we cannot guarantee this trip happens each year, this has been our most consistent, large-scale, annual outdoor rec trip! 

On this trip, we will be engaging with community in scripture to deepen our faith as disciples of Jesus alongside all the amazing outdoor activities we partake in such as skiing, snowboarding, snowball fights, hiking, building snowmen and igloos, and any other winter activity you can dream up. We will stay in large mountain chalets that are perfect for cozying up next to the fire with hot chocolate after your day's adventure, with options to play board games, make use of the media room, pool tables, and hot tub. Whether you are a professional skier/snowboarder or you’ve never even seen snow before, we welcome you to join us on this epic adventure! Please stay tuned on our social media for information about when registration opens for this trip!

Please note that dates and trips are subject to change. Trips may be canceled/rescheduled throughout the semester due to unforeseen circumstances. Contact Kiana Ramli at for more details.


Outdoor Recreation hosts a variety of outdoors-related events each year to keep the Pepperdine community engaged and interested in-between the excursions we run! Our events include but are not limited to: movie nights, virtual challenges, scavenger hunts, beach-day cookouts, and trail/beach clean-ups.

Virtual Pacific Crest Trail Event

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile-long trail that spans from the border of Mexico to the border of Canada and typically takes backpackers about 5 months to complete! During this 10-week virtual challenge hosted in the Spring, students, staff, and faculty work together in teams of up to 10 to hike, swim, cycle, workout, rock climb, ski, paddle, run, or surf to earn miles and virtually hike a segment of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Use the link below to learn more about this event and when to register.


Cancellation Policy

Please be sure to review our cancellation policy before signing up and paying for any overnight/multi-day trips and excursions.