Chinquapin Adventures

Outdoor Meal Experience

 The Classic Dinner With a View includes a short hike to a scenic destination with a small group of guests. Enjoy a four course meal with seasonal ingredients prepared tableside.

Want More Adventure? Try an Expedition… Travel as a group to a few destinations, carrying our food and supplies, preparing our four course meal along the way.

Or book your own Family Adventure  – enjoy God’s creation and a meal catered to your family, or a few families.

Available year round


Endless opportunities abound in the Stanislaus National Forest surrounding Camp Chinquapin for miles of hiking. Time frames can range from less-than-an-hour to all-day. We will pick a hike that will best suit your family or group’s abilities and timeframe.

Available year round


Put your phone away and learn how to use a map and compass to get where you want/need to go. This will be done on the orienteering course here at camp but can be taken off camp for a bigger experience.

Available year round

The Col

Utilizing the natural geological features of to the Sierra, take a focused guided hike and stop along the way to talk about these features and how they apply to our lives. Come to a stream crossing and discuss the things in our lives that are challenging and require courage. Hike up a steep incline and turn around to see where we came from – share together the joys of endurance and the promises of God in difficult times. A powerful excursion to take alone, with a partner, or a chosen small group of people.

Available year round


Dispose of atomic waste, make your way through a grid, or figure out how to juggle several objects at a time. This is a time for your group to work through some challenges together and figure out what it takes to work well with the people around you. We will work with you to utilize your group’s specific needs and goals with the activities chosen and will provide time for trained debrief.

Available year round

Nature Activities

We will work with your group to explore specific topics in Nature. Depending on your time frame, we will dig deeper into a few aspects of God’s amazing creation. See how old the trees are, find out what’s happening in a dead log, where does this water come from, did a bobcat really walk by here? Answer these questions and more as we explore together.

Available year round

Nature Journaling

Does being in God’s creation draw you in? Does it cause you to wonder and give praise to God? We will take you on a walk/hike, dependent on your needs and time frame, that will provide opportunities to wonder as we wander. Clear your mind, open your eyes, and spend time seeking and listening to God. A simple journal and guidance will be provided.

Available year round


Explore the wildflowers of the Sierra. Wildflowers bloom at different times from year to year based on temperatures and snow; this excursion will be scheduled accordingly. If you are willing to travel away from camp, we can usually find wildflowers in different areas.

Available Spring and Summer

Rock Climbing

Travel a short distance from camp for some great single-pitch rock climbing. We will choose an area best suited to your group’s ability and time frame. Also available, stay at camp and learn the basics of rock climbing on a bolted boulder. All equipment and trained staff will be provided.

Available late Spring to Fall

Mountain Biking

From a gentle ride down an abandoned railway to the extreme Pinecrest Peak trail, there are trails for all abilities a short distance from camp. You will need to provide your own bike/helmet capable of the type of trails you would like to ride. We have some helmets, if needed.

Available Spring to Fall


Test your accuracy and skill with Wrist-Rocket Paintball. Head across the river to the paintball course where there are bunkers, rocks, and trees to hide behind. Our staff will lead your group through different scenarios, subbing in people as you change games. We provide sling shots, masks, and paintballs. Wear old clothes that can get paint on them – though it usually washes out!

Available in Late Spring to Fall


Head into the beauty of the newly fallen snow and see how much different the mountains and woods look in the winter! We will provide you with snowshoes and poles to get out and explore. Snowshoes strap onto any type of boot or shoe.

Available in Winter, with Spring possibilities

Cross Country Skiing

Want to get out further in the winter? Bring your cross-country skis or rent some from Dodge Ridge Ski Area. We will take you and your group out into the snow-covered mountains for a wonderful winter experience. Our staff will teach you how to ski and take you on trails that fit your skills and abilities.

Available in Winter