DE-STRESS and DETOX BACKPACKING in ARROYO SECO
Turn off the devices and reconnect with nature. The Arroyo Seco is known for its steep canyons, rushing waters and secluded camps. This 2-night, 3-day trip takes us on a 5-mile hike up a canyon where we find waterfalls, still pools and a hidden riverside campground. With time to frolic in the pools, hike more miles or just chill at camp, this backpacking trip is perfect for reconnecting to nature, to each other and to yourself. We'll have ample time to chill and journal as well as explore this magical canyon. We take care of all the details regarding planning, packing, what to expect and what gear to bring. Don't have the gear? No sweat, rent it from us for a small fee.
*All breakfasts and dinners are included and delicious.
Meet at the Arroyo Seco Parking lot at 10AM on day 1. If you rented any gear, we'll have it ready for you when you arrive. We'll check gear, make sure our bags are packed correctly and set out on our 4.5-mile journey to camp. Lunch enjoyed on-trail. We'll help each other set up camp and explore our surroundings on a short hike to a view overlooking our little canyon. Food tastes SO good when you've worked for it! We'll cook dinner together and enjoy it around the campfire. Campfire shenanigans 'till we tuck-in for some much deserved sleep under the stars.
7AM-ish Coffee & hot bevvies ready. 8am-ish breakfast. For those that want to hike, we'll pack a lunch and hit the trail for an incredible hike to the "mother pool" up the Arroyo (weather & water permitting), a beautiful place to have lunch, take a dip and explore the river area. Or, chill at camp and take all the time you need to relax, read, nap, eat, snooze, repeat. There's plenty of options for swimming & exploring around our campsite. Late afternoon we'll have a gathering at the sacred meadow above our camp for some heart-centered sharing and journal-time before reconvening for dinner. Optional night hike before bed.
7am-ish Coffee & hot bevvies ready. 8am-ish breakfast. After a leisurely morning (and possibly a morning dip?), we'll pack lunch and pack up camp. One last short morning hike before putting the big-bags on again and heading back to our cars, enjoying lunch along the river. Back at cars at ~1pm for cheers & goodbyes.
**Leaders reserve the right to change the itinerary at any time**
What Should I Pack?
YOU GOT THIS! Our professional guides will send you a thorough packing list along with "what to expect" on this campout upon completing your reservation. A few things we KNOW you'll need: a good (warm) sleeping bag/pad and tent. Don't have those things? That's fine, we'll rent them to you for a modest fee. When you fill out our backpacking intake form we'll handle all your gear needs. Clothing and other equipment packing list emailed upon registration.
Breakfasts and dinners, permits and camping fees. Bring your own personal gear (clothing, etc), LUNCHES and special snacks if desired. Transportation is not included, we'll do our best to organize carpooling. Once you get yourself to the trailhead, you're taken care of every steop of the way.
Are the Hikes Hard?
No, though there are hills as this is mountainous terrain. This is a great starter trip for backpacking. If you've never hiked before, we recommend training with weight, though it's not required. If you can comfortably hike 5 miles with weight on your back and hills, you'll be fine! We take it nice and slow and stop often. Of course, hikes are always optional (except hiking in to camp!)
When you reserve your spot, we'll send you a detailed packing list & itinerary with everything you need to know including where to park, what to expect, carpooling, routes, elevations, etc. These trips are loads of fun and our expert, friendly, professional guides will be with you every step of the way to help you have the most memorable trip of your life!