Recreational Options

 

Mount Hermon offers its writers a break from the classroom in the form of various recreational activities and other options, many at no additional charge for writers’ conference registrants: 

  • Go Kayaking on Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon, and/or Monday morning. (Free for conferees!)

  • Take a small-group Nature Hike on our campus trails Sunday afternoon. (Free for conferees!)

  • Go on a Guided Mountain Bike Ride through the beautiful Henry Cowell State Park on Sunday afternoon. (Free for conferees!)

  • Tackle the Sequoia Aerial Adventure ropes course (regularly $59, $30 for conferees!) or the less challenging Discovery Grove on Sunday afternoon. (Free for conferees!)

  • Enjoy a two-hour Redwood Canopy Tour zip line on Sunday afternoon. (Regularly $89, $50 for conferees!)

  • Hike to the Cross on Palm Sunday morning. (Free for conferees!)

  • Enjoy foosball, pool, air hockey, ping pong, basketball, volleyball, and more in the Fieldhouse, or bocce ball behind the Fieldhouse, Thursday evening and/or Sunday afternoon. (Free for conferees!)

  • Get high-quality Head Shots taken by Mount Hermon’s professional photographers. ($75.00 for 20-minute shoot and photos. Custom shoots also available.)

Sign up for kayaking, the mountain bike ride, the nature hike, the ropes courses and/or the Redwood Canopy Tour zip lines at dinner Friday night or breakfast Saturday morning. (Or at the Adventure Center between 9:00am and 5:00pm on Sunday evening, if there are still openings.)

Sign up for photo shoots during the Meet & Greet on Friday at 3:00pm (See the Head-Shot Photos web page for more details.)

 

For other activities, meet at the times and places specified below.

 

THURSDAY

  • Fieldhouse open 8:00–10:00pm

FRIDAY

  • Sign-ups for head shots at the Meet & Greet 3:00–4:00pm

  • Sign-ups for kayaking, the ropes courses, and/or the Canopy Tour zip line 6:00–7:00pm in the dining hall

SATURDAY

  • Sign-ups for kayaking, the ropes courses, and/or the canopy tour zip line 8:00–9:00am in the dining hall

SUNDAY

  • Hike to Cross with Bill Fernald 6:00am (Meet in front of Post Office)

  • Kayaking 6:00–8:00am (Meet outside the Fieldhouse. Transportation will be provided to the Santa Cruz Harbor.)

  • Fieldhouse open 2:45–6:00pm

  • Beginner-level guided mountain bike ride through the beautiful Henry Cowell State Park, 3:00–4:30pm (Meet at the Field House to get set up with bikes, helmets, fitting etc.)

  • Redwood Canopy Tour  Two-hour adventure includes six zip lines and two sky bridges at heights of up to 150 feet, led by two certified guides who share ecological knowledge and bring the forest to life. 

    • 3:30–5:30pm (8 guests)

    • 4:00–6:00pm (8 guests)

    • Meet at the Adventure Center at the back of the Fieldhouse. Wear comfy clothes and close-toed shoes.

  • Sequoia Aerial Adventure  Select your level of challenge on three aerial trails and over 30 elements, including swinging logs, cargo nets, and cables set 30 to 80 feet in the air!

    • 3:00–5:00pm (12 guests)

    • 3:30–5:30pm (12 guests)

    • 4:00–6:00pm (12 guests)

    • Meet at the Adventure Center at the back of the Fieldhouse. Wear comfy clothes and close-toed shoes.

  • Discovery Grove – The course features seven different activities, at heights of 25 feet above the forest floor, with a short zip line descent back to the ground.​

    • 3:30–4:30pm (10 guests)

    • 4:30–5:30pm (10 guests)

    • Meet at the Adventure Center at the back of the Fieldhouse. Wear comfy clothes and close-toed shoes.

  • Kayaking 3:00–5:30pm (Meet outside the Fieldhouse. Transportation will be provided to the Santa Cruz Harbor.)

  • Guided Nature Walk 3:30–4:30pm (Leisurely, relaxing walk on Mount Hermon’s trails, led by an expert naturalist. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Mount Hermon Book Shop.)

MONDAY

  • Kayaking 6:00–8:00am (Meet outside the Fieldhouse. Transportation will be provided to the Santa Cruz Harbor.)

A writing career is filled with high expectations and discouraging rejections. And a conference can enhance these roller-coaster emotions. If during this event you feel either overwhelming joy or painful disappointment, come to the A-frame chapel at any time during the conference for reflection and spiritual renewal. Prayer partners will be available to accompany you at the throne of grace at various times on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday afternoons.