Guam Boonie Stomps: June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31

Lubugon to Fonte
Lubugon to Fonte

Guam Boonie Stomps: June 19, 26, July 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 $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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Jun. 19
Canuon River
Difficult
4 hours for 3 miles

We explore a tributary of the Tarzan River, hiking up a deep gorge with large boulders and rock formations to climb up, over, and around. Then we visit several waterfalls and small swimming pools.     
Bring: 3 quarts water, get wet shoes, gloves, insect repellant, sunscreen, lunch and snacks, and camera.     
Special conditions: Lots of walking in water, steep hills, climbing over boulders, and a little sword grass.

Jun. 26
Nimitz Caves w/ Fonte Swim Hole
Medium/Difficult
5 hours for 5 miles

We explore at two natural caves used by Japanese soldiers during the Liberation of Guam, then take a short jungle path to another deep cave that includes the lemon squeezer and the sauna room. 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, mosquitoes, mud.

Jul. 3
Mt Alifan Battlefield/Lookout    
Medium/Difficult    
3 hours for 1 mile

We visit the Southern battlefield from the Liberation of Guam in 1944 on the slopes of Mt. Alifan.  We will visit foxholes, fighting trenches, gun positions, tunnels, and caves, all the while enjoying the great view.  The adventurous can continue on to the mountaintop lookout, with fantastic views.     
Bring: 1 or 3 quarts water, flashlight, gloves, sun screen, insect repellent, lunch, and camera.    
Special conditions: Low sword grass, crawling in tunnels, mosquitoes, uphill climbs.

Jul. 10     
Mt. Tenjo to Maguagua    
Very 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, and 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, jungle walking, and long distance with little shade and steep or muddy slopes for the Tarzan Falls option.

Jul. 17
Faha and Priest’s Pools    
Medium / Easy    
3 hours for 1 mile

We hike to one of the two Memorials in Malesso where village residents were massacred just before the Liberation of Guam. Easy hikers will return and drive to the falls while medium hikers walk along a narrow ridge with spectacular views. Everyone can enjoy the waterfalls, jumping, and swimming.      
Bring: 2 quarts water, get wet shoes, gloves, swim suit, sun screen, insect repellent, lunch, and camera.      
Special condition: possible mosquitoes, short steep slopes.

Jul. 24
Invasion Hike
Very Difficult
6 hours for 5 miles
    
Tony’s Falls Only
Easy / Medium
3 hours for 2 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.

Jul. 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.
 

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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