Q1 2020 Boonie Stomps

And the year 2020 is upon us. Here is the list of Boonie Stomps being put on by the Guam Boonie Stompers on Saturday mornings for the 1st quarter of 2020. Hikers meet at the center court of the Chamorro Village to sign up and get directions for that day’s hike. I believe the cost is still only a couple bucks, and you get a free t-shirt if you complete 10 boonie stomps. I don’t get much opportunity to go on these hikes anymore, watching my kids play soccer is my current Saturday morning jam, but maybe I can catch a hike once soccer season is over in the late spring. It’s a shame, since many of these hikes are truly epic boonie stomps. Anao Point, La Sa Fua River, Pagat, Southern Mountains, Tarzan Falls, these are all great, iconic hikes on Guam. Many are long marches to remote mountains and waterfalls. I have many fond memories of going on these hikes, plus my only taotaomona story I can tell occurred hiking to Inarajan Falls about 20 years ago.

  • 04 Jan Talofofo Caves Medium 3 hours for 0.8 miles We explore the extensive cave system overlooking Talofofo Bay including Window Rock. Bring: flashlights, 2 liters water, hiking boots, gloves, long pants, sun screen, insect repellant, lunch, camera, and a flashlight. Special Conditions: Crawling in caves.
  • 11 Jan Anao Difficult 5 hours for 2 milesBring: 4 liters water, hiking boots, sun screen, sunglasses, insect repellent, lunch, and camera. Special Conditions: Hiking over rough rocks and a long ascent.
  • 18 Jan La Sa Fua River Medium 3 hours for 1 miles We explore the waterfalls of a southwestern Guam valley. Bring: 2 liters water, swim suit, water shoes, hiking shoes, gloves, insect repellent, sun screen, sunglasses, lunch, and camera. Special Conditions: Some steep slopes, wet rocks, and walking in water.
  • 25 Jan Tarzan Falls with Cross Island option Very Difficult 6 hours for 7 miles We journey to a series of three cooling waterfalls in central Guam, a great family hike. The more adventurous can continue on to Lower Sigua Falls and out to Turner Road. Bring: 2 quarts water, hiking shoes, gloves, swimsuit, sun screen, lunch, insect repellent, and camera. Special Conditions: muddy trail, several hills up and down, slippery rocks.
  • 01 Feb Mt. Santa Rosa (Piggy) Cave Difficult 3 hours for 0.5 miles We explore a unique cave along the volcanic/limestone geological junction. Bring: 3 liters water, hiking boots, gloves, long pants, insect repellent, lunch, camera, and flashlights. Special condition: Climbing in narrow cave passages with water.
  • 08 Feb Fadian Difficult 3 hours for 1 miles We descend to this scenic cove below the cliffs to swim and snorkel if the water is calm. Bring: 3 liters water, hiking boots, swim suit, snorkel gear, gloves, insect repellent, sun screen sunglasses, lunch, and camera. Special Conditions: A steep hill to climb and hiking over rough rocks. Possible surf.
  • 15 Feb Pagat Loop Difficult 4 hours for 2.5 miles We descend the cliff and through the limestone forest to explore the coastline with a great view north and then head to the ancient Chamorro village and cave. Bring: 3 liters water, hiking boots, swim suit, water shoes, flashlight, gloves, sun screen, sunglasses, insect repellent, lunch, and camera. Special Conditions: Stretches of steep climbing, walking in cave water, and over rough limestone rocks.
  • 22 Feb Hilaan, Lost Pond & Shark’s Hole Medium 3 hours for 2.6 miles We hike north from Tanguisson Beach and snorkel at Shark’s Hole of the water is calm, also visit the fresh water pool for a cool swim in the jungle behind the beach. Bring: 2 liters water, hiking boots, swim suit, snorkel gear, gloves, sun screen, sunglasses, insect repellent, lunch, and camera. Special Conditions: Hiking over some rough rocks and in the water.
  • 29 Feb Ague Cove Medium 3 hours for 0.4 miles We descend to a cove ideal for swimming and snorkeling if the water is calm. This will be a cleanup hike. Bring: 2 liters water, hiking boots, swim suit, snorkel gear, gloves, sun screen, sunglasses, insect repellent, lunch, and camera. Special Conditions: A steep slope to ascend and a few rough rocky trail areas.
  • 07 Mar Southern Mountains to Ija Very Difficult 7 hours for 8 miles We climb up Mt. Jumullong-Manglo to enjoy the views, descend steeply to the long open Southern Mountains trail, passing Mt. Bolanos and Ilichos to reach Atete, crossing over to Mt. Schroeder, and making the long steep downhill climb down the ridge to Ija. Bring: 4 quarts water minimum, hiking shoes, gloves, sun screen, insect repellant, hat, lunch and snacks, and camera. Special Conditions: Sword grass, little shade, a lot of climbing, and a very long hike.
  • 14 Mar Mt. Lamlam North Very Difficult 4 hours for 2.2 miles We explore the ridgeline of Guam’s tallest peak. Bring: 4 liters water, hiking boots, gloves, sun screen, sunglasses, insect repellent, and camera. Special Conditions: Swordgrass, rough rocks, and steep slopes.
  • Mar 21 Mt. Jumulong-Manglo Medium 3 hours for 2.2 miles We hike up to the large cross on top of a mountain next to Mt. Lamlam. Bring: 2 liters water, hiking boots, gloves, insect repellent, sun screen, sunglasses, lunch, and camera. Special Conditions: Swordgrass, rough rocks, and steep slopes.
  • Mar 28 Mt. Schroeder to Inalajan Very Difficult 6 hours for 4.5 miles We hike up and over Mount Schroeder from Merizo, make the steep climb up the shoulder of Mt. Ilichos, hike up to reach Atete, and make the long trek over the southern badlands, with a short side trip to the falls, to reach Inarajan. Bring: 4 quarts water minimum, hiking shoes, gloves, sun screen, insect repellant, hat, lunch and snacks, and camera. Special Conditions: Sword grass, little shade, a lot of climbing, and a very long hike.