Liberation Stomp
Liberation Stomp

Boonie Stomps: July 20 & 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31

by Ed Feely
Boonie Stomps

Every Saturday, Guam Boonie Stompers offers public hikes to a variety of destinations such as beaches, snorkeling sites, waterfalls, mountains, caves, latte sites, and World War II sites. We meet at 9:00 AM in the Center Court of Chamorro Village in Hagatna. The cost is $2.00 for hikers over 12. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Hikers should provide their own transportation. Guam’s trails are not developed. Weather conditions can make the hikes more difficult than described. No reservations required. For more information: www.facebook.com/GuamBoonieStompersInc or call 787-4238.

July 20
Liberation Stomp
Easy
4 hours
As we approach Guam’s Liberation anniversary, we offer a perfect introduction to Guam’s WWII history and a great family hike.  We travel by car to several sites from the Liberation of Guam in July 1944, including Asan Beach, Asan Bay Overlook, Piti Guns, Ga’an Point and Mt. Alifan.
Bring: 2 quarts water, hiking shoes, gloves, sun screen, insect repellent, lunch, and camera.
Special conditions: Short climbs and possible slippery slopes, some sword grass at Mount Alifan.

July 27
Invasion Hike to Tony’s Falls
Difficult
4 hours for 2 miles

Tony’s Falls Only
Easy
1 hour for .5 miles
The Invasion hike retraces the trail of the US 3rd Marines from  Asan Beach up the hills and cliffs to Nimitz Hill and the Asan Bay Overlook Memorial.  We then hike the open ridge down to Tony’s Falls for jumping and swimming.  The Tony’s Falls Only hike takes a short trail directly to the falls and is perfect for small children and novice hikers.
Bring: 3 quarts water, get wet shoes, gloves, swim suit, sun screen, insect repellant, snacks.
Special conditions: Sword grass, steep hills.

August 3
Waterfall Valley
Medium
3 hours for 1 mile
We visit the large Upper Falls for jumping and swimming fun. We then have a choice of walking down the river and on jungle trail (hard) or returning to the cars and walking down the road to reach the large middle falls, then take the trail down to the lower falls for jumping, swimming, and exploring.
Bring: 2 quarts water, wet shoes, gloves, sun screen, insect repellent, lunch, and camera.
Special conditions: Walking in water, slippery rocks and mud, and mosquitoes.

August 10
Pagat Loop
Difficult
4 hours for 3 miles

Pagat Cave Only
Medium
3 hours for 2 miles
We offer two ways to get to the same place!  We descend the cliff and through the limestone forest to explore the ocean arch with possible jumping and swimming, explore the ancient Chamorro village, then swim in the underground fresh water pool.
Bring: 3 quarts water, hiking shoes, swim suit, flashlight, gloves, sun screen, insect repellent, lunch, and camera.
Special conditions: Stretches of steep trail, walking in cave water and over rough limestone rocks.

August 17
Tinago Falls
Medium
3 hours for 2 miles
We trek to a great scenic area on Guam, a series of waterfalls and cascades in the southeast. There is something for everyone to enjoy, from tiny tots playing in the cascades or to jumping, waterfall showers, and a rock slide for the more adventurous.  There’s even a hammock for the more sedate.
Bring: 2 quarts water, hiking shoes, gloves, swim suit, sun screen, insect repellent, lunch, and camera.
Special conditions: Possible mud, a short steep section.

August 24
Tarzan Falls
Medium
4 hours for 3 miles
We hike downhill through a recent fire scorched area to reach three large waterfalls in central Guam. Enjoy exploring the top of the first falls before swimming below, jump at the second falls, then relax on the open ledges of the large third falls before swimming below.
Bring: 2 quarts water, hiking shoes, swim suit, gloves, sun screen, insect repellent, lunch, and camera.
Special conditions: Stretches of steep trail, walking in cave water and over rough limestone rocks.

August 31
Fintasa and Laolao Falls
Medium
3 hours for 2 miles
We journey to 2 cooling waterfalls in southeastern Guam. Enjoy swimming and waterfall showers at the scenic Fintasa Falls, head much further downstream to enjoy the open ledges, individual swim holes or water cave of Laolao Falls.
Bring: 2 quarts water, hiking shoes, swimsuit, gloves, sun screen, sunglasses, lunch, and camera.
Special conditions: Some walking in water, fairly steep hills to climb and descend, sword grass.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

For 49 years the Guam Boonie Stomps have kept our hiking fees at $2 for those over 12 and children free. However, the inevitable erosion of inflation and the dramatic increase in prices the last few years have finally forced us to increase our hike fees.  With the aim of keeping Boonie Stomps an affordable, family friendly activity, the Guam Boonie Stompers will implement the following fee schedule starting April 1:

Adults (18 and up) - $5 per person
Children and Teens (below 18) - Free
Gloves (if needed) Free

We hope will understand the need for this fee increase and continue to keep hiking with us. Thank You!

Complete 10 Boonie Stomps to earn a free Boonie Stomp T-Shirt.

Stomp tips:
1) Alcohol and hiking do not mix.
2) Do not bring beverages with caffeine on hikes.
3) Bring plenty of water with you on hikes.
4) Do not hike alone and let someone know where you are going and your return time.

Guam Boonie Stompers is a non-profit Guam corporation composed of volunteer leaders committed to leading hikes to and protecting the unique destinations on our island.

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