The Outdoor-Adventures Unit of UCLA Recreation offers a wide variety of experiential-learning opportunities through our Bike Shop, Challenge Course, Equipment-Rental Center, Outdoor-Leadership-Training Program, Rock Wall, Wilderness Outings, and more. We invite you to register for a program, class, rental, ride, or trip today!
Days/Hours of Operation: Winter/Spring 2017
Location: Northwestern corner of Wooden Center
Public Repair-Stand and Air Pump: Just outside of shop
As part of UCLA Recreation's mission to encourage active,
healthy lifestyles and life-long learning, the staff of the UCLA Bike
Shop is dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and educating people about
transportation by bicycle. Thanks to a partnership between UCLA
Recreation and UCLA Transportation, we offer a wide variety of services
to help meet the bicycling needs of the UCLA Community (i.e., current students/employees/UCLA-Recreation members).
2131 John Wooden Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095
We stock the Felt VS50 and the Felt VS50W in a full range of sizes and color options (pictured below). This bike provides an ideal combination of speed and comfort which makes it perfect for commuting. In addition, it's a great value at $449 plus tax. To get you outfitted and ready to ride, we also have racks, panniers, lights, water bottles, bottle cages, locks, and helmets. We invite you to stop by the shop today for a test ride.
During spring quarter most years, we sell used bikes and bike-frames. These bikes have been retired from our rental fleets after several years of use because they are worn and/or damaged. They must be inspected, serviced, and tested to determine whether they are still rideable. Complete bikes are not guaranteed to be in operating condition and should not be ridden until they are fully inspected, serviced, and tested.
The UCLA Bike Shop hosts a series of free classes every fall, winter, and spring. Prior experience with bike maintenance is not required for any of our classes meaning that beginners are always welcome and encouraged to attend. You may register for our classes by visiting UCLA Recreation's Online Store.
Bike Commuting 101: 1 hour
This class offers an overview both of how to start bike commuting and how to improve your current experience with bike commuting. We discuss such topics as which bike might work well for you, how best to carry items so that you don't get too sweaty en route, how to choose a comfortable route to/from campus, and how to find facilities where you can change into your business attire and/or take a quick shower upon arrival. Prior experience with bike commuting is not required. Bicycles are welcome.
Smart Cycling (classroom instruction): 2 hours
This class offers instruction in how to share the road safely with drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. We cover such topics as traffic-lane choice and positioning. We also discuss hazards that bicyclists encounter commonly on the road (e.g., the “door zone,” “left hooks”, “right hooks”) and how to avoid them. Prior experience with bicycling is not required and bicycles are welcome. Everyone who successfully completes this class will receive a free set of safety lights (front and rear)!
Smart Cycling (on-bike instruction): 5 hours
This class offers instruction in how to share the road safely with drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. During the classroom segment, we cover such topics as traffic-lane choice and positioning. We also discuss hazards that bicyclists encounter commonly on the road (e.g., the “door zone,” “left hooks”, “right hooks”) and how to avoid them. During the on-bike segment, we practice bike-handling skills and take a ride on the street to implement the smart-cycling concepts we learn. Please note that a well-functioning bike is required to participate and that knowing how to ride a bike is strongly recommended for participants in this class. Everyone who successfully completes this class will receive a free helmet, free safety-lights (front and rear), and a free bell!
Adult Learn-to-Ride (on-bike instruction): 2 hours
Using a bike that we provide for you during the class, we introduce you to the concepts involved in riding a bicycle. Then, we help you practice them right outside the UCLA Bike Shop. If you're new to riding. this class is great precursor to our Smart-Cycling Class that includes on-bike instruction.
Flat Tires: 1 hour
This class offers instruction in how to change a flat tire. We cover removing the wheel from the bicycle, removing the tire from the wheel, investigating the cause of the flat, addressing the cause, patching the inner tube, putting the tire on the wheel, and installing the wheel on the bicycle. Prior experience with bicycle maintenance is not required and bicycles are welcome.
Bike Assembly: 1 hour
This class offers an introduction to assembling a bicycle. We begin with an overview of the parts of bicycles and their functions. Then, we explain how to inspect them for proper installation and tightness, including minor adjustments. Prior experience with bicycle maintenance is not required and bicycles are welcome.
Shifting: 1 hour
This class offers an introduction to bicycle shifting. We begin with an overview of the parts of shifting systems and their functions. Then, we explain how to check brake components for proper installation and tightness. Finally, we provide instruction in how to make basic adjustments. Prior experience with bicycle maintenance is not required and bicycles are welcome.
Wheel Truing: 1 hour
This class offers an introduction to truing bicycle wheels. We begin with an overview of the parts of a wheel and their functions. Then, we explain how to disassemble, inspect, overhaul, reassemble, and adjust wheel hubs. We'll also discuss how to true and dish wheels. Prior experience with bicycle maintenance is not required and bicycles are welcome.
Bicycle Wheelbuilding: 2 sessions each of 1 hour each
This class offers an introduction to bicycle wheelbuilding. We begin with a discussion of the basic principles of bicycle wheels. Then, we discuss rim, spoke, and hub choice along with various options for choosing the spoke size to fit your rim and hub. The rest of the class involves lacing, tensioning, and truing a wheel. You are welcome to use our hubs, rims, and spokes to build a wheel to be kept in our inventory (i.e., you will not be able to keep the wheel you build). Alternatively, if you have your own materials to build a wheel, you are welcome to use them during the class. Please note that this class meets twice; you must attend both meetings to receive full instruction in how to build a wheel.
Brakes: 1 hour
This class offers an introduction to bicycle brakes. We begin with an overview of the parts of brakes and their functions. Then, we explain how to check brake components for proper installation and tightness. Finally, we provide instruction in how to make basic adjustments. Prior experience with bicycle maintenance is not required and bicycles are welcome.
Headsets: 1 hour
This class offers an introduction to bicycle headsets. We begin with an overview of the parts of headsets and their functions. Then, we explain how to disassemble, inspect, overhaul, reassemble, and adjust them. Prior experience with bicycle maintenance is not required and bicycles are welcome.
Hubs: 1 hour
This class offers an introduction to bicycle-wheel hubs. We begin with an overview of the parts of wheel hubs and their functions. Then, we explain how to disassemble, inspect, overhaul, reassemble, and adjust them. Prior experience with bicycle maintenance is not required and bicycles are welcome.
Bottom Brackets: 1 hour
This class offers an introduction to bicycle headsets. We begin with an overview of the parts of bottom brackets and their functions. Then, we explain how to disassemble, inspect, overhaul, reassemble, and adjust them. Prior experience with bicycle maintenance is not required and bicycles are welcome.
If you are interested in working at the UCLA Bike Shop, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with our offerings by using our DIY services, taking our classes, joining us for rides, and/or perusing our website. Once you have a good sense of what we do, we invite you to complete our online job-application to let us know you're interested in working here.
Eligibility requirements to be considered for a employment with us include being a current student at UCLA and not being in one's final year of studies at UCLA. Please note that we also highly recommend that applicants take one of our Smart-Cycling Classes before applying.
2131 John Wooden Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095
The following links are provided for informational purposes.
A sampling of On-Campus Organizations and Resources:
A sampling of Bike Shops, DIY Workshops, and Bike-Rental Services in LA:
A sampling of Rides, Events, and Classes in/near LA:
A sampling of Governmental and Non-Governmental Bike-Programs:
The UCLA Bike Shop stocks a wide variety of new parts, tools, and accessories that you are welcome to purchase. Here is a partial list of our carefully-selected, value-oriented inventory of parts and accessories as well as inner tubes. We generally don't accept returns on parts that are purchased from us, so please make sure you have the right product before you buy it. Also, if you'd like to buy something that's on not on the above lists, please feel free to ask us about it.
Separate from this list of brand-new parts that we stock for your convenience, we also gather and store used parts that may still be useful or contain useful pieces. You are welcome to use these parts free of charge, but please keep in mind that we do not offer any kind of warranty nor guarantee on any of these used parts. Therefore, we recommend that you carefully inspect and test all used parts you are considering installing.
There are three, easy ways to borrow a bike from the UCLA Bike Shop:
• Daily/Weekend/Weekly Rentals are available to all members of the UCLA Community (current students, faculty, staff, and UCLA-Recreation members).
• Quarterly Rentals are available only to students currently enrolled at UCLA. Please note that UCLA-Extension students are not eligible for our Quarterly Rentals, but they may gain access to our Daily/Weekend/Weekly Rentals by becoming members of UCLA Recreation.
• Employee Commuter Loaner Bike Program is available only to current employees of UCLA with an appointment time of 40% or more. If you are interested in trying bike commuting, please refer to this page for details about this free program.
This small fleet of Felt-Verza-Path-2 bikes is available to rent on a daily, weekend, or weekly basis. All rentals come with a helmet, U-lock, a front and rear light, and a rack pack. If you are interested in renting a bike, please visit us during our business hours to check availability and pay to make a reservation. We also rent locks on a daily basis in case you ever forget yours.
Daily Bike : Students/Recreation-Members ($12), Faculty/Staff ($18)
Weekend Bike : Students/Recreation-Members ($30), Faculty/Staff ($45)
Weekly Bike : Students/Recreation-Members ($55), Faculty/Staff ($80)
Lock Rental (Daily) : Students/Recreation-Members ($5), Faculty/Staff ($7)
Daily rentals start during our business hours, then must be returned the next day during our business hours. Weekend rentals start during our business hours on Friday and must be returned on the next business day we're open. Weekly rentals begin during our business hours and must be returned six days later (e.g., a rental that begins Friday needs to be returned by the following Thursday).
Quarterly Rentals: Bruin-Bike Library
Thanks to UCLA Transportation, Recreation, The Green Initiative Fund, and the Graduate Students' Association Sustainable-Resource-Center, currently-enrolled students can rent one of our Felt-Cafe-8 or Felt-Verza-Speed-40 bikes for $65 per quarter. All rentals come with a helmet, U-lock, and front/rear lights. We also offer students $65 quarterly-rentals from our small fleet of electric bicycles (Sanyo Eneloop).
Registrations: Bruin Bikes are available at noon on the first day of instruction each quarter on a first-come, first-served basis in person at the Sales-and-Cashiering Desk in the John-Wooden Center. Starting the second day of each quarter, registration is also be available online (type "Bruin-Bike" into the search field to display the rental "classes").
Please note that there are three fleets of Quarterly Rentals: Bruin-Bike Library (Undergraduate Rental), Bruin-Bike Library (Graduate Rental), Electric Bruin-Bike Library (undergraduate and graduate students). It is important that you register for the appropriate class (e.g., the Undergraduate-Rental class, if you're an undergraduate student). If you register for the incorrect class and the correct class does not have available spots, you may not be able to get a bike for the quarter.
Pick-ups: Starting during the second week of each quarter, Bruin Bikes are available for pick up from the UCLA Bike-Shop anytime during our business hours. When you arrive, we'll ask you to complete the Rental Agreement then you'll receive a bike, lock, helmet, and lights.
Returns: Bruin Bikes can either be renewed during Weeks 9 and 10 which allows them to be kept until the end of the subsequent quarter. If Bruin Bikes are not renewed, they are due Wednesday of Week 10.
Locking your rental bike
To lock your rental bike, the U-lock should connect the bike frame to the bike rack where you are parking. It is very important that the U-lock secures the bike frame and not just one of the wheels. In addition, the end loops of the cable lock should be connected to the U-lock and run through one or, if possible, both wheels.
An alternative way to lock your rental bike is to hook the U-lock through the bike frame, the bike rack, and the front or rear wheel. In this arrangement, the end loops of the cable should be connected to the U-lock and run through the wheel that is not secured by the U-lock.
We offer two types of repair services at the UCLA Bike Shop: Do-It-Yourself (free!) and Fee-for-Service (fees apply). Providing both of these services in one location to the UCLA Community makes us a convenient, empowering blend of a local bike-shop and a local, bike co-op.
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Repairs
If you're interested in fixing your own bike, we invite you to use our tools, workspace, and/or advice free of charge. A lot of our customers have never fixed their own bikes and are apprehensive about trying. Please be assured that you can do it and we are here to help. With a bit of patience and concentration, you can learn how to simple repairs that are guaranteed to make your commute a lot nicer. By investing more time and dedication, you can work through more-complicated repairs and, ultimately, towards handling most, if not all, of your bike-repairs needs.
To get started with our DIY resources, all we ask is that you sign a waiver taking responsibility for your work and be respectful of our resources and other patrons (e.g., use tools properly, pay for parts before installing them, leave your workspace clean, and return tools to their rightful place when you're done with them). We do our best to serve both our fee-for-service and DIY customers as well as possible, but it's important to note that our fee-for-service customers take priority when we're short on time.
A lot of our customers prefer to have us handle their repairs for them for various reasons, so we offer Fee-for-Service Repairs in addition to our DIY resources. If you're interested in our mechanics repairing your bike for you, please feel free to bring your bike by the shop. We provide free estimates on repairs we perform. However, we need to see your bike to give you an accurate estimate (i.e., we don't give estimates over the phone/e-mail/Facebook). To give you a general idea of our pricing, here is a sample list of repairs we perform commonly. Please keep in mind that the price may vary, depending on your bike’s setup and condition.
We host a variety of bike rides that we invite you to join, including commute and special-event/themed rides. We ride at a casual pace and are committed to staying together as a group, so riders of all levels of experience are welcome! Before embarking on a ride with us, we ask that you complete our group-ride waiver and agree to the group-riding practices described therein.
Commuter-Group Rides (weekdays all year)
We invite you to join members of our staff who bike commute daily to and from campus. Please click on the "join this ride" link a business day before you'd like to ride with us, so we'll know to expect you. Because these rides are everyday commute-rides, the posted time is the departure time.
Mar Vista Commuter Group Ride to UCLA
When: Weekdays 9am
Where: Southeast corner of Venice Blvd and McLaughlin Ave (5 miles)
Join this ride
Mar Vista Commuter Group Ride from UCLA
When: Weekdays 6:30pm
Where: Southeast corner of Venice Blvd and McLaughlin Ave (5 miles)
Join this ride
Santa Monica Commuter Group Ride to UCLA
When: Weekdays 9:15am
Where: Rae's Diner at Pico Blvd and Yorkshire Ave (3 miles)
Join this ride
Special-Event and Themed Rides (schedule posted quarterly)
We invite you to join us for special-event rides that we lead to happenings and destinations around town, as well as for themed rides we organize to showcase and appreciate Los Angeles' ecological and cultural riches. Here is the ride we have scheduled for the quarter:
626 Golden Streets: Feeder-Ride
A feeder ride to the San Gabriel Valley's amazing, open-streets event: 626 Golden Streets.
When/Where: Sunday, March 5th, Meet at the UCLA Bike Shop at 9:30am, roll at 10:00am
Length/Duration: ~22 miles long, ~2+ hours*
* Unless otherwise noted, all of our special-event rides only officially include the trip to the event. If you'd like to ride back to the starting point of the ride with the ride leader(s), please let the ride leader(s) know so that you can make arrangements about a meeting time/place for your return trip.
Do you have an idea for a ride? If so, please feel free to share it with us. We may be able to help you plan and/or lead it.
We often get questions from aspiring and active bicyclists about how to ride to campus from various parts of the city. In response to these inquiries, we've mapped dozens of routes that we've found useful over the years. You may view these routes by clicking on the following links or scrolling down this page to the embedded maps.
If you would like to ask us more about these routes or would like to discuss routes from parts of town not mapped here, please feel free to let us know. We're here as a route-finding resource for you.
Routes to campus from the East
Routes to campus from the North and West
Routes to campus from the South
As demonstrated by UCLA's recognition as a Bicycle Friendly University for its commitment to bicyclists and bicycle-infrastructure improvements, we're here to support you in your bicycle-commuting endeavors. On that note, here are some tips that might be helpful.
Fun Videos about Bike Commuting
For inspiration about commuting by bike and tips on getting started, we invite you to watch this short video created by a UCLA Student for the UCLA Bicycle Coalition: Bikes for All. Another film, Bike-U-mentary produced by BikeUCLA Films, follows two members of the UCLA Community as they ride to class and work on campus. Another film, titled Be a Smarter Commuter, presents various options for commuting to and from campus, including bicycling.
Sharing the road can be challenging when everyone's in a hurry. For a fun video on this topic, we invite you to watch another video that we helped our colleagues in Transportation make, Watch for Bruins. In life, there isn't a rewind button, so please be safe and courteous.
Also, if you're looking for inspiration about learning how to ride in general, we invite you to watch this video.
Locking Your Bicycle
If you've ever wondered how to lock your bike properly, you might enjoy watching this humorous video starring UCLA Students/Staff and produced by BikeUCLA Films, The Bike Bandit, which deals with how--and how not--to lock your bike effectively.
Most thefts can be prevented by using an adequate lock and properly securing the bicycle to an approved parking-facility, such as a bicycle rack. The combination of a U-lock and a 6-foot cable with a loop at each end is preferable to a cable lock by itself. The U-lock should be used to attach at least the bicycle frame and, if possible, one of the wheels to a secure rack. The 6-foot cable can then be connected to the U-lock using the loops and finally run through any unsecured wheels.
As you can see on this Bike Map, UCLA has lots of bike-parking options as well as self-serve-repair stations with air pumps and tools located conveniently around campus. Please also note that we sell Kryptonite U-locks for as low as $26.95.
Bruin Commuter Club
If you commute to and from UCLA by bike, you may qualify to be part of the Bruin Commuter Club which provides alternative-transportation commuters access to products, services, information, benefits, and incentives.
What type of bike should I ride?
If you are trying to decide which type of bike would best fit your riding needs, here's a post we wrote about how to choose a bike that may be helpful.
UCLA Bicycle Master Plan
In March of 2006, UCLA developed its first Bicycle-Master-Plan with the following mission statement: "To improve cycling conditions and promote the bicycle as a transportation mode on, to and from campus, UCLA will set policies and provide infrastructure to support and accommodate bicycling." Countless improvements on behalf of bicycling have been made at UCLA since this plan was released and many more are in the works.
Rules of the Road
The League of American Bicyclists recommends the following rules of the road to help you have a safe and enjoyable commute on your bike: 1) Follow the law; 2) Be predictable; 3) Be conspicuous; 4) Think ahead; 5) Ride ready; 6) Keep your cool. For more information on this topic, please feel free to register for one of our Traffic-Skills-for-Bicyclists classes that are offered free of charge each quarter. The League of American Bicyclists has also posted various videos about how to ride on the road on their website.
Safety First and LAPD's Bike-Liason Officers
If you're unsure about how to ride with motor vehicles, we recommend taking one of our Traffic-Skills Classes. We teach the concept of vehicular cycling which is the idea that bicyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. If you successfully complete one of our Traffic-Skills Classes, we will provide you with a free set of safety lights, a helmet, and a bell thanks for funding we received from UCLA's The Green Initiative Fund.
We also recommend wearing a bicycle helmet when you ride your bike. Don't have a helmet? Please feel free to visit the UCLA Bike Shop where we have lots of great, affordable helmets for sale. Alternatively, you can get a coupon from us that's good for $20 off a helmet at Helen's Cycles, a bike shop located conveniently in Westwood.
For more information about bicycling maintenance and skills, please feel free to register for one of our classes. You may also refer to this Bike Pocket-Guide from Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority which includes such information as laws that apply to bicyclists, how to ride with traffic, and how to lock your bike properly. To find bicycling information specific to UCLA, like a map showing the locations of bike racks, bike lanes, and showers, please refer to the Bicycle Pocket-Guide from UCLA Transportation.
Several years ago, the LAPD appointed four officers to serve as bike liasons to bicyclists throughout the city. These officers, whose names are listed below, are available to help you with your bike-related concerns. For example, if you're having trouble with motor-vehicle drivers passing you with less than the required clearance (three feet) on the same stretch of road regularly, a call to your area's LAPD bike-liason officer may be warranted:
Central Traffic Division: Sgt. Laszlo Sandor, 213 972-1853, firstname.lastname@example.org
West Traffic Division: Sgt. Christopher Kunz, 213 473-0215, email@example.com
South Traffic Division: Sgt. Jon Aufdemberg, 213 421-2588, firstname.lastname@example.org
Valley Traffic Division: Sgt. Steve Egan, 818 644-8146, email@example.com
Register Your Bike
In addition to registering your bike with the UCPD and/or the National Bike Registry, it's helpful to record your bike's serial-number and store this information in a safe place along with a photograph that shows you with your bike. The serial number should be stamped onto your bicycle frame, usually under the bottom-bracket shell.
Immediately Report A Bicycle Theft
If your bicycle is stolen, please report it immediately to the UCLA Police Department at 601 Westwood Plaza. You will need to complete a police report that specifies the location where the bicycle was parked and whether or not it was licensed.
We mapped some of our favorite routes to/from campus on our route page. You may also plan your route to campus using tools like Google Maps' Bicycling-Directions (click "Get Directions," then click on the bike icon) or by referring to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation's bicycle maps. In addition, you're welcome to stop by the UCLA Bike Shop and discuss route planning with us. We enjoy comparing notes on preferred routes around town.
Do you have an idea for a new rack location?
If so, we invite you to send it our way: firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll look into it as part of our ongoing program to upgrade all bicycle-parking facilities.
Retrieve an Impounded Bicycle
If your bicycle was parked illegally or chained to pole or railing, or if it appears to have been abandoned, it may have been impounded. To retrieve your bicycle, please contact the office of Citation Review and Adjudication in Transportation Services at (310) 825-2029.
The UCLA Challenge Course offers unique adventure experiences designed to facilitate group and individual development. The Challenge Course uses a variety of elements and obstacles to present challenges to groups and individuals in a supportive and safe environment.
By providing experiential-based (learn-by-doing) activities, the Challenge Course instills participants with confidence and enthusiasm, providing lessons and realizations critical to success in classrooms, the workplace, and in life.
Our staff works closely with you at every stage of the process, from establishing desired goals and objectives through program completion and follow-up.
Interested in a Challenge Course program and what it can provide for your specific group?
To make a reservation, please fill out our online application and we will update you on our availability and your confirmation.For more information, please contact:
Challenge Course Coordinator
2131 John Wooden Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1612
Days/Hours of Operation: Winter/Spring 2017
Location: Northwestern corner of Wooden Center
The Rental Center may be accessed either through the main entrance to the Wooden Center or via the walkway along the north side of Wooden.
List of Equipment and Pricing
We have a wide variety of outdoor equipment available for rent to current members of the UCLA Community (i.e., current students/employees/UCLA-Recreation members). To reserve gear in advance of your trip, payment is required and payments are only accepted in person.
Full refunds are not available for reserved gear. Either a partial refund (90%) or a credit voucher that is valid for 90 days at the Rental Center may be obtained when a Refund-Request Form is submitted to the Rental Center by noon at least five business-days prior to the day that reserved gear is scheduled to be rented.
2131 John Wooden Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Outdoor Leadership Training Program
The Outdoor Leadership Training Program is a combination of both hands-on training and employment. Students who enter the program attend workshops, trips, and conferences that provide outdoor experiences and skills, which will then be applied to the student's employment and development as an Outdoor Guide for UCLA Recreation. Guides are exposed to all aspects of outdoor and team leadership opportunities including:
- Group management
- Outdoor living
- Teamwork, communication, and leadership
- Wilderness medicine
- Trip/Course planning
- Safety, injury, and rescue practices
- Teaching philosophy and techniques
- Skill acquisition in outdoor activities such as backpacking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing
- Wilderness and recreation policies and procedures
- Environment awareness and conservation
The goal of the O.L.T. program is to develop knowledgeable, highly skilled, and effective leaders to work as Guides for UCLA Recreation. Our overall mission is to serve the UCLA community by providing an avenue to foster an appreciation for the outdoors while emphasizing safety, environmental awareness, personal growth, group bonding, and experiential education.
Who is eligible to apply?
Current, continuing UCLA students, both undergraduates and graduates, are eligible to apply for the OLT program. No prior outdoors experience is required - just an enthusiasm to learn about, work in, and serve the outdoors and UCLA community. Applicants should be prepared to commit a minimum of 2 years to the program, in order to effectively develop their training into quality, outdoor leadership work. Additionally, UCLA staff and faculty members with substantial outdoors knowledge, who are interested in volunteering as a teacher and mentor to OLT students, are welcome to contact the program to discuss collaborative opportunities.
Students admitted into the new training class will attend a 9-day backcountry training trip just prior to the start of Fall quarter. This training trip sets the tone for the admitted class with outdoor skill seminars and team bonding. Every quarter (excluding summer) the first two weekends are dedicated to additional training trips, like rock climbing and anchor setting, snowshoeing, or canoeing. Guides are also expected to attend the weekly meetings, Wednesdays at 7pm, where additional skill seminars, program planning, and trip debriefings are held. Additionally, each guide is expected to pay monetary dues at the start of each academic year, to contribute to training trip funding. Throughout each quarter, most guides will work in teams of 3-4 to lead 1-2 outdoor trips for participant groups of up to 12 people. The pay range for guides depends on their experience and advancement within the program. Students of the OLT are encouraged to develop their skills and advance from a Trainee, to a Secondary Guide, to a Primary Guide. This is an in-depth, advanced program, and as such, Guides are expected to work and train within the program for a minimum of 2 years.
Additionally, prospective applicants should understand that summer is our busiest work season, with trips going out constantly and gorgeous mountain passes open for exploration. Guides are expected to commit to guiding some trips for OA during a minimum of one summer between the time when they are admitted to the OLT and through the summer after their graduation. Summer trips occur over long weekends (3-4 days) and some extend into and across the week. Due to the hearty work schedule and our understanding that Guides must turn down other summer opportunities, summer pay is substantially greater than that of the school year. Additional outdoor leadership paid work can be added into the Guide's summer schedule, too, with work on the Challenge Course and Rock Wall. If you are truly looking to grow as an outdoor leader, and are looking to earn some money, too, there is no better season to work for OA than the summertime.
For more information on what it is like to be a part of the OLT, please attend an information session, talk to a current guide, or email at email@example.com.
How to apply to the OLT Program
The application for the OLT program Fall 2017 class is now open. The deadline to apply is April 16, 2017, 9:00pm.
Application link: APPLY HERE
In addition to completing this online written application, all applicants will be asked to attend a group interview on campus. Group interviews will be approximately 4 hours long on April 22 or April 23, 2017. Applicants will indicate their preferred date on their online application.
Applications for the OLT are available only once per year, generally in early Spring Quarter. Students apply to enter the program in the Fall Quarter of the following academic year. Exceptions are not made to this process.
Important dates for application to the Fall 2017 class :
- OLT Program information sessions, held in the OA office, John Wooden Center:
March 9, 2017, 6pm-7pm
April 5, 2017, 6pm-7pm
April 11, 2017, 5:30pm-6:30pm
- Application Deadline: Early Spring Quarter
- Group Interview Dates (you must attend one): April 22 or April 23, 2017
- Mandatory Fall Training Trip for admitted students will be September 17-24, 2017. Applicants must be available to attend this trip in its entirety in order to be eligible for admission into the program.
If you have any other questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Days/Hours of Operation: Most weekdays between 10am and 5pm, except during finals weeks, academic breaks and federal holidays.
Location: Outdoor-Adventures' Office (northwestern corner of Wooden Center)
At the UCLA Outdoor Adventures' Resource Center, we provide a wide variety of trail maps and trip itineraries to help you plan your own trip. We also have a small collection of books on topics such as hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, bicycling, canoeing, and natural history. You may read and review these materials in the office, but they may not be borrowed.
Free workshops are offered several times each quarter on a variety of outdoor topics. They are held in the Outdoor Adventures office, with the exception of any cooking-related topics, which are instead held at the Mesa Lawn at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. All workshops are approximately one hour long and taught by OA Guides. Stop on by and learn with us!
Free Workshop Winter 2017 Calendar
Free Workshop Spring 2017 Calendar
At the Rock Wall, located on the first floor of the Wooden Center, we offer open-recreation hours free of charge to UCLA Students and members of UCLA Recreation.
Open Recreation Hours: Fall, Winter, Spring Quarters *
Saturday: Closed (available for reservation)
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
Modified Hours Announcement:
March 23-Apr 2: Closed for finals week and spring break. We will reopen on Monday April 3.
April 7 - April 15: Closed to prepare for the Dangling Bruin competition on Saturday April 15. We will reopen on Sunday April 16.
People at all levels of experience are invited to climb at the wall where both Bouldering and Top-Rope Climbing are available. To boulder, it's not necessary to attend an orientation nor pass a belay test and climbing shoes may be rented for a small fee. Shoe rentals are free on one's first visit to the wall.
To top-rope climb, passing a belay test is required. These tests may be requested from staff members at the wall. To learn the skills required to pass a belay test, we recommend attending a Rock-Wall Orientation. In addition, all climbers looking to improve technical skills and strength are encouraged to consider the Bouldering-and-Movement-on-Rock Classes which offer more-personal and in-depth instruction than our orientations.
Each year at the wall, we host the Dangling Bruin which is a points-based, climbing competition that's open to the general public.
For inquiries, please contact Brian Pritchard at email@example.com or 310.206.8027.
*Spring trips will go on sale March 15 at noon.
***Prices listed reflect first the student/member price, and second the non-member/UCLA-affiliate price. Be sure to read below to understand who is eligible to participate in our trips, as they are not open to the general public.
About Our Trips
Outdoor Adventures provides wilderness education that is experiential and adventurous and promotes responsible stewardship of the environment and our natural resources.
Our trips are co-operative and educational, that is, we provide long-lasting outdoor education through hands-on experience. In addition to providing safe and enjoyable trips, we will get you involved in every aspect of the trip that we can - from understanding the weather, to how to prepare a meal outdoors. You will work closely with others on your trip and help one another learn together. In other words, if you are looking to make new friends and learn new skills, these are the trips for you.
Trip Descriptions & What-to-Bring Lists
Follow the above link for more details on each trip and what items you should be sure to pack. If you have any questions, please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meetings for all of our trips take place at 6pm on the Tuesday before the trip in the Outdoor Adventures office inside the John Wooden Center. Except in the even that the trip departs on a Thursday, during Winter Break, during Spring Break, or in the summer. In those exception cases, the pre-trip meeting is held on the Thursday prior to the trip. Attendance at the pre-trip meeting is very important to ensure that all participants have the right equipment, know where to be (and when) and are ready for a safe and harmonious trip together. If you are not able to attend the pre-trip meeting you must communicate with your guides at least a week in advance to be sure that you have all necessary information. Contact:email@example.com
Failure to either attend the meeting or check in with OA staff a full week before the meeting may cause you to lose your spot and receive no refund!
Outdoor Adventures programs include group gear (tents, stoves, pots & pans). You provide personal gear (sleeping bag, backpack, boots, etc). If you are a student or Recreation member, you can rent sleeping bags, backpacks, and ground pads (as well as other useful outdoor gear) from our Rental Center in the John Wooden Center. For more information visit their website.
Overnight wilderness outings include transportation and most meals. You may need to buy dinner on the road the first and last days of the trip. Most of our day trips include transportation, but you will need to bring your own lunch and snacks.
Policies & Risk Management
Please note that our trips are alcohol and drug free. No pets or un-enrolled friends, please! Wilderness travel has inherent risk of injury or death. As a trip participant, you are responsible for your safety. UCLA Recreation Outdoor Adventures and its employees assume no liability for any damages arising from outings, so have fun but be careful! Please review the Outdoor Adventures Participant Code of Conduct for a clear understanding of participant expectations prior to enrolling. All participants will be required to sign in agreement to these policies prior to joining the trip.
UCLA Outdoor Adventures guides are students, faculty, staff and alumni with a passion for the outdoors and a desire to share it with others. All of our guides have received substantial training through our Outdoor Leadership Training program. In addition, all overnight wilderness outings include at least one guide who has completed an advanced course in wilderness medicine.
Visit the UCLA Recreation Store webpage to enroll online. If you have an active UCLA Recreation membership, you will see a discounted price when you log in. You can browse or search for our trips. They are listed under Outdoor Adventures -> Wilderness Trips. You may also register in person at the Sales Desk in the John Wooden Center. If you encounter an error message or any trouble while trying to process payment for your trip, please contact the Sales Team directly in order to resolve.
Wait list option for trips that are full
If a trip fills and you would like to be placed on the wait list, please fill out this online form. In the event that someone withdraws from the trip, we will contact individuals from the wait list in the order that they were submitted and invite them to fill the spot. We are unable to reserve the newly-opened spot for the wait list individuals, and will be emailing them to inform them of the open place and invite them to register.
Who can participate in UCLA Outdoor Adventures?
Our trips are open to UCLA students, faculty, staff, and members of UCLA Recreation. Student, staff or membership status must be active at the time of registration, and during the UCLA Outdoor Adventures event. UCLA students, faculty, staff, and UCLA Recreation members who are coming on an OA trip may "sponsor" up to two friends or family members to come along on the same trip. Sponsored participants aren't eligible to rent gear from the Rental Center, but they can ask their sponsor to rent it for them. In these cases, the sponsor would assume all responsibility and liability for the rented gear. Our trips are designed for the adult community of UCLA, so children or minors under the age of 18 are not permitted. Exceptions may be granted for currently-enrolled UCLA students who are under the age of 18; please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request this exception.
UCLA Staff, faculty, and sponsored-friends who would like to enroll in a trip for the first time, and do not currently possess a UCLA Recreation membership, will need to email Outdoor Adventures in order to be granted access to enroll. Please direct your email to Michelle Perrault at email@example.com, include your UCLA ID number, and your affiliation/status at the University. She will create a profile through which you can register. Note that if you are a staff or faculty member who has already enrolled in a trip this academic year, your profile should still be valid, thus allowing you access to enroll already using your existing ID number and logon. It will be necessary to re-establish non-membership profiles every academic year (July-June).
Medical Information Form
All enrolled participants must complete our online Medical Form no later than the start of the Pre-Trip Meeting. Failure to meet this deadline could result in the loss of one's spot on a trip. Outdoor Adventures aims to provide safe, accessible trips. We will do our best to accommodate health and personal needs. The timely and thorough submission of this form is essential to this.
The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) Grant for students eligible for financial aid
Current UCLA undergraduates receiving financial aid may be eligible for a TGIF scholarship to be applied to the cost of a trip! Follow the link above for full criteria and instructions. Applications for TGIF scholarships for spring quarter trips will open March 1 and close March 20.
Refund, Transfer, and Cancellation Policy
Full refunds are not available for trips. A partial refund (90%) may be obtained when a refund is requested by noon at least two business-days prior to the pre-trip meeting (Friday by noon, when the pre-trip meeting is held on Tuesday). Cancellations after this deadline are not eligible for a refund unless the participant finds someone to take their spot or we have someone on the waiting list who can take their spot. If the cancelled spot is filled in one of these two ways, then the participant is eligible for a 90% refund. Outdoor Adventures reserves the discretion to disallow new participants from joining in the last 1-4 days leading up to the trip, in order to ensure safe and proper preparation for the trip, dependent upon conditions, participant experience, and trip difficulty. Transfer requests must also be received 2 days prior to the class or pre-trip meeting and the credit must be used within the same academic quarter. Exceptions can be made for cases of medical or serious family emergency.
Refund, transfer, and cancellations must be submitted to OA Coordinator, Michelle Perrault, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and adhere to the above stated policies.
For more information
Call our office: 310.206.1252
2131 John Wooden Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1612
Hosted by UCLA Recreation Outdoor Adventures
Content, instruction, and certification by the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS
Essential for anyone who spends significant time in remote places or who has a professional career in the outdoors, the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course will prepare you to make difficult medical decisions.
This course is fast-paced and engaging. You'll spend half your time outside of the classroom doing hands-on skills and realistic scenarios. In addition to scenarios, you'll participate in a full-scale night mock rescue. WMI's curriculum encompasses a wide range of topics including long-term patient care, wound management, straightening angulated fractures, reducing dislocations, litter packaging and administering medications.
You'll complete this course with the tools and confidence to manage patients in the backcountry for multiple days. The intensive 80-hour curriculum is nationally recognized and supported by the Wilderness Medicine Institute's Medical Advisory Panel. You'll be taught by dynamic educators who have practiced both wilderness and urban medicine.
This 10-day course is ideal for all professionals operating in remote environments. CPR certification is included. The WFR course is pre-approved for 70 hours of EMT CEHs by CECBEMS.
Please refer to WMI's website for detailed course curriculum information: http://www.nols.edu/wmi/courses/wfr.shtml
Download detailed course information here.
Dates: March 24-April 2, 2017. No class March 29, 2017. Class starts early, around 8am, and ends around 5pm or 6pm. A couple of days will stretch late into the evening, 10pm or midnight (night scenario). A detailed schedule will be provided on the first day of class.
Location: UCLA campus. Sunset Canyon Recreation Center; Mesa Room.
Cost: Deposit of $375 reserves your spot in the course. Balance of $375 is due by 5pm March 23, 2017. Total course cost is $750.
Refund policy: There are no full refunds. 90% refunds are available only if requested a minimum of 30 days prior to start of the course. Refund requests should be submitted via email no later than February 22 to email@example.com.
How to enroll: Course will go on sale December 6, 2016, at noon. Enroll via UCLA Recreation's online system or in person at the Sales & Cashiering desk in the John Wooden Center.
The course is currently FULL. If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please fill out this form. Our wait list will be contacted in the event that a spot opens up in the course. We do not reserve spots for the wait list. So placing yourself on the wait list will not reserve you a spot, but merely place you on an email list to be informed in the event of an opening.
Supplies needed: Note taking material such as notebook and pen; watch with ability to show seconds; sunscreen/hat/sunglasses; close-toed shoes
Parking: Parking permits are NOT included in course fees. Parking Lot 11 is the recommended location for parking on campus in close proximity to the course location. Daily parking passes are $12, available at the automated kiosk in the lot. We encourage students to carpool or coordinate shared parking if cutting costs is of interest. There is also ample bicycle parking (free).
Other thoughts: There will be lunch breaks every day. Westwood is a 5 minute drive from the course location, where one can purchase all sorts of food. Or you could opt to pack a lunch. There are not many food options within quick walking distance from the course.
Please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
In collaboration with Student Affairs, UCLA Recreation is proud to offer our Pre/Post Orientation Programs. Because these programs give students the opportunity to learn about life as a Bruin and form friendships before classes begin, participation in one of our Pre/Post Orientation Programs is the perfect way for new students to maximize their New Student Orientation. On that note, we invite you to join us this summer for a fun and adventurous Pre/Post Orientation Program! Please feel free to click on the links below for more information about each of our programs for new Bruins:
Bruin Transfer Camp
Welcome, UCLA class of 2021!
Outdoor Adventures is excited to offer a full range of Wilderness Welcome trips this Summer 2017! These outdoor experiences are available exclusively to incoming freshmen students. Please read through the information below for details on the calendar, how to enroll, and what to expect on a Wilderness Welcome trip.
About Wilderness Welcome Trips
Wilderness Welcome trips are unforgettable experiences where incoming UCLA students get to meet each other in an adventurous and intimate setting. Groups of 6-12 students will venture into the wilderness on trips that include backpacking, hiking, backcountry cooking, kayaking, and more. Our destinations are some of California's most beautiful locations, such as glistening alpine lakes, gushing rivers, majestic mountain peaks, and the world's oldest and largest trees. Our past participants have made lifelong friends as a result of attending our trips and site these adventures as being one of the most influential and enjoyable elements of their college experience! The group will be guided by OA Guides who are current or recent students at UCLA. Together, the whole crew will venture into a pristine wilderness location, sleep under the stars, bond over hearty backcountry meals, support one another in challenging outdoor pursuits, learn about responsible outdoor recreation, and get excited for their upcoming collegiate endeavors, all with the safety of a well-trained Guide Team.
All of our trips are suitable for beginners; no experience is necessary. Our Guides love teaching people how to camp and thrive in the outdoors. All you need is an open, positive attitude, an excitement to meet new people, and a love for the great outdoors. And don't forget to bring the items on your "What-to-Bring List."
What is included on a Wilderness Welcome trip?
- Knowledgeable, experienced guides, who are current UCLA students or recent graduates
- Transportation from UCLA and back in our 8-passenger vans
- Group camping equipment such as tents, tarps, stoves, cookware, and first aid kits. You only need to bring what is listed on your "What to Bring List." And don't forget, you can rent from us a backpack, ground pad, sleeping bag, and headlamp, if you would like (see more below).
- Delicious camping meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snacks galore, collectively prepared by the whole crew. Meals on the road not provided, so if there is a long drive on your trip, be sure to bring some money for a roadside purchase.
- Opportunities to learn about outdoor recreation. Guides will teach seminars that can include map and compass use, Leave No Trace principles, weather preparation, games, backcountry hygiene, fire building, water purification, backcountry stove use and cooking, and many more!
- An incredibly memorable experience with new college friends and community!
Policies and Risk Management
All of our trips are alcohol and drug free. It is our mission to provide safe, cooperative, and empowering nature-based experiences. All participants are expected to behave responsibly and will be required to sign in agreement to our Participant Code of Conduct. UCLA OA has an excellent safety record and well-trained staff with Wilderness First Responder certifications. All participants must understand that safety is their job, too! Wilderness travel has an inherent risk of injury or death.
Follow the links on each trip name to view each trip's description, rough itinerary, and what-to-bring list.
How to enroll
Trips will go on sale May 1, 2017 at noon and will remain on sale until they are either full or 5 business days before the trip departs. Enrollment may be done via our online store. If the student has a UCLA logon, then use this to log into the store. If the student does not yet have a UCLA logon, then you may create an account. The directions are on the store main page. When trying to find the trip on our online store, be sure that the quarter "Su2017" is selected from the drop-down menu in the upper left-hand corner. Trips will be listed under the category of "Outdoor Adventures." Enrollment may also be done via phone, or in person at the John Wooden Center sales desk. Should you encounter any technical difficulties while enrolling, please call the sales team at (310) 206-8373.
These incredible experiences are very popular, and thus we anticipate that they will sell out quickly. Please plan accordingly.
Enrolling minors (under the age of 18)
Outdoor Adventures' trips are designed for adults. Incoming freshmen who are under the age of 18 are still eligible to enroll. Their parent/guardian must provide consent in the registration process. Also, the parent/guardian will need to sign off on a consent to treatment form, in case of a medical emergency. If the student is under the age of 18, please contact the OA office to ensure all proper steps are completed. You may email us at email@example.com.
Refund and cancellation policy
Like our existing policy, Wilderness Welcome trips are not eligible for a full refund. 90% refunds may be obtained for Wilderness Welcome trips if requested 10 business days prior to departure, as this might allow us time to fill the spot. To request a refund, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renting camping gear from UCLA
You should consider renting gear that you do not own from our Rental Center. Items you might want include a backpack, ground pad, sleeping bag, or head lamp (batteries not included). Please explore the Rental Center website for details on pricing and reservations.
Arrival and departure details
Our trips depart from the Bike Shop/Outdoor Adventures Center. This is located on the northwest corner of the John Wooden Center. Click here for a map. It is highly recommended that students be dropped-off and picked-up by someone. Visitor parking is available at an hourly rate in the nearby Parking Lot 4.
Overnight parking is possible, too, during the trip. You will need to purchase a multi-day pass from the parking kiosk located at 555 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles 90095. Parking Lot 4 is the lot we recommend you park in. Currently, the daily rate is $12.
If you plan to fly in to Los Angeles for your trip, we recommend an early flight on Day 1 and a late flight on your final trip day. OA is willing to provide complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off. Please look at your trip's itinerary (linked in the calendar above) for the scheduled times, and then plan your flights accordingly. Airport drop-off and pick-up times are noted in each trip's itinerary. Drop-off times are approximate and subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances. So if you are booking a flight, you should take into consideration possible, unpredictable delays such as traffic, bad weather, long lines at LAX, or emergencies.
Should you need to arrive a day in advance, or depart a day after your trip's conclusion, we recommend you book a room at UCLA's on-campus hotel or at the less-expensive (but would require a 15-minute walk to campus) hotel in Westwood, The Claremont. Shuttle busses to/from campus and LAX are offered by Fly Away.
Medical & Personal Information Forms
All enrolled participants must complete the Medical and Personal Information Form a minimum of 1 week prior to departure. OA aims to provide safe, accessible trips. We will do our best to accommodate health and personal needs. The timely and thorough completion of this form is essential to this. Failure to complete this form prior to 1 week before departure could risk your losing your spot on the trip.
We're happy to help you out! These are amazing experiences for incoming Bruins, and we don't want you to miss out. Please email email@example.com. (Email is your best bet. We are often away from the office, so it can be hard to reach us by phone.)
Please feel free to contact us about our programs, services, and/or facilities.
Brian Pritchard (aka Waldo)
Outdoor Adventures Director
Outdoor Adventures Assistant Director
Bike Shop Manager
Martin Dang (aka Mikey)
Challenge Course Coordinator
Outdoor Leadership Training Coordinator
Yizhao Chen (aka Paul)
Bike Shop Supervisor