Women of the Wild Quest

An amazing backpacking and rafting two-week quest just for girls, exploring California’s most beautiful gems.


Entering grades 7 – 8 | July 9 – 21, 2023

A Quest is a road trip full of friends and adventure. Sleep under the stars and visit some of the most spectacular places on earth. Learn new skills, like backpacking, surfing and sea kayaking, in a supportive, small-group environment. This is adventure travel like none other – you pick the music, you set the menus and you create your own totally out-of-the-box Jewish experiences. Like a road trip with a dozen friends, Quest is the perfect balance of thrill time and chill time.

There’s no application required – register on your own, or you and a group of friends can sign up together. As long as there’s space available, you’ll all be on the same trip! Quests are a lot of freedom and a lot of fun.

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Two Weeks with Women of the Wild!

This quest is an amazing two-week adventure through Northern California’s most beautiful gems that is offered every other year. On this girls road trip, we will travel from the beauty of Point Reyes to the magnificent Trinity Alps. The group will explore Lake Shasta and its caverns before going on a backpacking trip together past stunning lakes and jagged mountain peaks.

The girls will then head out of the wilderness to raft on the crystal blue waters of the Trinity River followed by a journey south to the ancient groves of Humboldt Redwoods State Park. After exploring these magnificent trees, we’ll head home with a crew of new friends!

Sample Itinerary

Day Activities
Sunday Meet your fellow questers and leaders in the Bay Area. Get to know the group and spend your first night among the Redwoods – the tallest trees in the world!
Monday Spend your day on the beach with a delicious picnic and easy hike along the stunning Point Reyes coastline.
Tuesday to Thursday Head north and enjoy two days swimming at Lake Shasta and boat cruising across the lake to explore Lake Shasta’s deep caverns.
Friday to Saturday Up, up, and away! Grab your pack and all the food, clothes and gear you will need for three days in the wild. On your backpacking adventure in the Trinity Alps, you can swim in mountain lakes, look out for wildlife and see beautiful wildflowers. Celebrate Shabbat outdoors and enjoy the serene views with your quest friends!
Sunday Hot showers are ahead, along with sleeping on the shores of the beautiful Trinity River! Laundry, grocery shopping and phone calls home recharge the group and your supplies.
Monday to Tuesday It’s rafting time! From your camp along the shores of the Trinity River, paddle class 2 and 3 rapids and enjoy deep canyons and stunning pools to take a refreshing dip. No prior experience required.
Wednesday Explore the meandering trails and giant forests of Humboldt Redwoods State Park and spend your last night as a group feasting on a delicious banquet and celebrating your adventures together.
Thursday Return to Oakland, where it all began. Say goodbye to your new friends and reunite with your family.
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This business operates under special use permit with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Click HERE for more.

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