Liberation Stomp
Liberation Stomp

Boonie Stomps: June 22 & 29, July 6, 13, 20 & 27

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.

June 22      
Mt. Tenjo to Maguagua    
Medium    
3 hours for 2 miles

Mt. Tenjo to Tarzan Falls    
Difficult    
5 hours for 4 miles

We hike to see some US foxholes from WWII, the WWI gun positions and their command post, optionally walking the knife edge trail. We exit by either the medium Maguagua Falls trail or the difficult Tarzan Falls route.   
Bring: 3 to 4 quarts of water, hiking shoes, gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent, lunch, snacks, and camera. 
Special conditions: sword grass, steep rocky or muddy slopes, and long distances for the Tarzan Falls option. 

June  29
Nimitz Caves
Medium  
3 hours for 1 mile

We explore at two natural caves used by Japanese soldiers during the Liberation of Guam. Then we make an optional hike to Fonte Swim Hole to clean up and enjoy jumping and swimming.     
Bring: FLASHLIGHT, 2 quarts water, gloves, insect repellent, swimsuit, lunch, and camera.     
Special conditions: Climbing and crawling in narrow cave passages.

July 6
Libugon to Fonte Swim Hole
Medium
3 hours for 2 miles
We’ll visit the ruins of the historic site of the U.S. Navy radio station and “Operation Magic”, hidden in the thick jungle. Then we’ll hike to the 1910 brick dam, climb to the excellent lookout, and explore the valley downstream to cool off in the waterfalls and pools.
Bring: 2 quarts water, get wet shoes, gloves, swim suit, sun screen, insect repellent, lunch, and camera.
Special conditions: Sword grass, possible muddy trail, mosquitoes, and some short steep slopes.

July 13
Tinta, Faha, and Priest’s Pools
Medium
3 hours for 1 mile
We hike to the two Memorials in Merizo where village residents were massacred just before the Liberation of Guam.  We then walk along a narrow ridge with spectacular views to cool off in the freshwater pools of the Pigua River, with waterfalls, jumping, and swimming.
Bring: 2 quarts water, get wet shoes, gloves, swim suit, sun screen, insect repellent, lunch, and camera.
Special condition: possible muddy trail, mosquitoes.

July 13
Moonie Stomp – Sella Bay
Medium
3 hours for 2 miles
Meet at 5:30pm at Chamorro Village
We hike down the mostly open hills to Sella Bay to enjoy swimming, nighttime snorkeling, and a beach side fire for s’mores and a weenie roast.
Bring: Flashlight, 2 quarts water, hiking shoes, gloves, insect repellent, snacks, and camera.
Special conditions: Muddy slippery areas, some rough rocks, and steep slopes.

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.

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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