Backpacking Trips for Teens

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OUR TRIPS ARE EITHER FULL OR HAVE BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19.  We look forward to getting out into the wilds again with you next summer!

WHO: For those entering grades 7-12 who are ready to step out, grow your comfort zone, meet new like-minded friends, seek out new experiences, discover new parts of yourself and experience the magic of the natural world that is always waiting for you.

WHAT: We offer a 6 Day Mountains to Sea Backpacking Trip in the Santa Cruz Mountains, a 6 Day Backpacking Trip in Point Reyes for teens entering grades 7-10 and a 5 Day Soul Quest in Big Sur for teens entering grades 9-12. These trips are open to those with and without backpacking experience.

Point Reyes Backpacking


WHEN: August 3-8, 2020

WHERE: Point Reyes, CA

WHO: For teens who identify as female*, trans, and gender-nonconforming and are entering grades 7-10

Santa Cruz Mountains to Sea


WHEN: July 20-25th, 2020

WHERE: Santa Cruz, CA

WHO: For teens who identify as female*, trans, and gender-nonconforming and are entering grades 7-10

Big Sur Soul Quest


WHEN: June 24-28, 2020

WHERE: Big Sur, CA

WHO: Entering Grades 9-12

WHY: Our teen years are inundated with messages about who and how we’re supposed to be. It becomes hard, sometimes near impossible, to hear our inner voice or to know where to turn to for good life advice.

Nothing clears the mind and connects us with our hearts like the natural world.

Earth is our most honest ally, and if we slow down enough to listen to the lessons that surround us, we have everything we need to hear to be strong, authentic, compassionate people.

And at a time when teens are seeking to grow in their independence, responsibility, and abilities, nothing quite helps us stand so tall as spending a week taking care of all your needs just with the pack on your back, the world around you, and your own two hands. Our sense of empowerment and ability can grow leaps and bounds.

We value ethnic, gender, and economic diversity. All backgrounds and identities are encouraged to join!  Payment Plans Available and several scholarship tiers are available on our Online Registration. Additional scholarship can be applied for.  Registration and Scholarship info here

*In addition to cis girls (gender matches sex assigned at birth), we include in our definition of “girl” those who identify as transgender, genderqueer, and gender nonconforming who feel that Gaia Girls is a supportive home for them. In addition, all sexual orientations are welcome. Men and boys are welcome on special days when explicitly invited, but can not be participants of GGP unto themselves.

Backpacking Manager Caitlin Davies has years of experience in the backcountry, will be one of the lead guides on both trips, and is excited to answer any questions you have specific to our Backcountry trips! Read more about Caitlin here.

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Contact Information


Phone: 510-731-0308

Address: 651 66th Street

Oakland, CA 94609


Most photography by Erika Gagnon

Gaia Girls Passages is a project of Gaia Passages, a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) organization. Tax ID # is 82-1688828 

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