Guam Boonie Stomps: July 31, Aug. 7, 14, 21 & 28

Fintasa Falls
Fintasa Falls

Guam Boonie Stomps: July 31, Aug. 7, 14, 21 & 28

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 $5.00 for hikers over 17. 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.

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July 31
Lubugon 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.

Aug. 7
Tinago
Medium
3 hours for 3 miles

We trek to a series of waterfalls and cascades in southeastern Guam. There is something for everyone to enjoy, from tiny tots playing in the cascades, to jumping, waterfall showers, and a rock slide for the more adventurous, or a hammock and swing for the more sedate.   
Bring: 2 quarts water, hiking shoes, gloves, swim suit, sun screen, insect repellent, lunch, and camera.    
Special conditions: Possible mud, short steep sections, possible mosquitoes.

Aug. 14
Malojloj Falls
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.

Aug. 21
Ylig to Taga’chang
Easy
3 hours for 1 mile

The perfect family hike! Get the kids out of the house to enjoy an easy, fun, and educational hike. We hike to Turtle Cove where the brave can jump from the head to the pool below, then walk along the flat reef with lots of swimming, snorkeling, and exploring of the diverse marine life and geology.
Bring: 2 quarts water, get wet shoes, gloves, swim suit, sun screen, snorkel gear, and camera.    
Special conditions: Some walking in water, no shade.

Aug. 28
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, then return to the original river crossing to head downstream to the open ledges, swim holes, and waterfalls of Laolao Falls.     
Bring: 2 quarts water, hiking shoes, swimsuit, gloves, sun screen, 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.
  5. Always bring a flashlight in case your return is delayed.
  6. Save your phone for emergency calls.

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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