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California State Parks Backpacking (CASPBA)

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Who better to lead you through our parks than California State Park professionals? Travel from spectacular ridgelines, through old growth redwood forests, to sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of backcountry naturalists. Imagine if the Santa Cruz Mountains could speak, and the stories they could tell. We will share the secrets of this precious wilderness and give you a window into the lives of the people who lived here for thousands of years.  

Registration for the 2017 season is currently open.

If you are looking for trail camp information and personal booking information for the Santa Cruz Mountains please click here.

 

 

2017 Trips

Wild Flower Special



Castle Rock State Park to Portola Redwoods State Park
Friday April 28 through Sunday April 30, 2017
3 days, 2 nights
$225

For more information, please click here.

 

 

 

A Night Among the Ancients



Portola Redwoods State Park
Saturday June 3 through Sunday June 4, 2017
2 days, 1 night
$125

For more information, please click here.

 

 

 

Butano and Beyond




Butano State Park to Waddell State Beach
Friday June 16 through Sunday June 18, 2017
3 days, 2 nights
$225

For more information, please click here.

 

 

Skyline to the Sea




Castle Rock State Park to Waddell State Beach
Thursday July 20 through Sunday July 23, 2017
4 days, 3 nights
$300

For more information, please click here.

 

 

 

In Pursuit of Persieds

 
Butano State Park
Sunday August 13 to Monday August 14, 2017
2 days, 1 night
$125

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A Trek Through Time

 

 

Butano State Park to Waddell State Beach
Thursday September 14 through Sunday September 17
4 days, 3 nights
$300

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Testimonials

“This team was so focused, polite and hardworking and still managed to make it fun. It’s very hard to do this, but they made it look easy. I’m only sorry there aren’t dozens of similar programs throughout the state. Thank you so much.” –Gregory Rudd, Skyline to the Sea and The Trail Less Traveled 2016 participant

“This was a blast and with a great group of people. Most fun was the stories and the laughter. I learned a ton. More was covered than I could have ever imagined was out there. I never dreamed there was so much to know and I’m very impressed with Alex and Jeremy’s knowledge.” – Jennifer Hardwick, Skyline to the Sea 2016 participant

  

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