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Watering holes & overnight camp at Hoegee!

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Spend the day relaxing in some nice 3-6 feet deep water holes (water is crystal clear), and camp the night up at the Hoegee Campground!

This event is FREE to attend. I’m not charging you to sleep in the middle of the forest. Lol. Be aware, this is a somewhat beginner hike/backpacking trip, leaning more towards intermediate. Please be in good physical shape. We are however taking a somewhat slower pace.

**Note** This is NOT a "car" camping trip. Think rustic backpacking type thing. Pack light. There are however vault style outhouses at least. And we will be about 15-25 feet from a small stream the whole time. If you want to just come out for the day, that's fine too.

This is being cross posted, so we'll probably have around 20 people or so going.

How to find me:

The parking lot is HUGE... fits like 40 cars. When you get to the parking lot, I’ll be sitting on the back of my truck. Look for the goatee!

The Plan:

Be ready to start hiking at 8:30am. The hike up is mild with slight incline, "beginner" level with several stream crossings on rocks in only 2" or so deep water. There's small stones you can use to get across. We'll help you. We get to Hoegee camp, set up, then come back down to the watering holes. Go back to camp in the afternoon, gather firewood, spend the night telling stories and enjoying each other's company.

Suggestions of what to bring:

- Every 2 people need a tent (network with each other)

- EACH of you needs a sleeping bag and backpacking pack

- swimming trunks / bikini AND a towel.

- dress in layers. It’ll be cold in the morning, hot in the day, cold at night

- good tennis shoes, and you might want to bring aqua socks for stream crossing if you don't want to deal with stepping on rocks.

- flashlight or a headlamp

- utensils to eat with, bowl/plate, napkins, foldable cup or a thermos with a cup

- toilet paper

- a couple trash bags for your trash! There are NO trash cans along the way.

- at least a gallon of water (I suggest 2 liter sized bottles), and/or bring a water filter if you have one).

- bring food for breakfast and lunch that doesn’t have to be refridgerated.

- hopefully some of you will be bringing backpackers stoves to boil water. Top Ramen or cup o noodles is GREAT for this event. You can get a permit to bring the stove at Adam's Pack Station next to the parking lot.

BE ON TIME!!! Get there before 7:30 am if you can. Parking fills up in the lot by 8am or so. You’ll need to park down the hill otherwise in one of the cutouts along the road.

Parking fee:

The road to Chantry Flat is open daily from 6:00AM to 8:00PM. Car parking at Chantry Flats is required to have a National Forest Adventure Pass (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Forest_Adventure_Pass). You can buy one at Adam’s Pack Station located adjacent to the parking lot. Currently it is $5.00 a day or a yearly pass $30.

Driving Directions:

From the Foothill Freeway (I-210) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_210) take the Santa Anita Avenue exit north. Follow Santa Anita Ave. through the residential neighborhood until it ends at the foot of the mountains. Pass the yellow pipe gate and continue 3 miles (4.8 km) into the mountains to the end of Santa Anita Canyon Road.

For your GPS, enter the address below, but note that you'll still need to continue up the road till you get to the parking lot:

4000 N. Santa Anita Road

Sierra Madre, CA

Question & Answer Section:

Q. Where can I plug my hairdryer in?

A. Stay home! There’s no electricity up there. It’s a camping trip!

Q. Can I bring my dog?

A. YES!! Skies the limit. Bring em all, but just don’t be 4 paws short of an Alaskan dogsled team when you leave. Your dog/s must remain ON LEASH the entire time.

Q. Carpool?

A. YES… I encourage you guys to carpool. LEAVE Early… I mean plan on being off the 210 freeway by at least 7:30am. It will take a while to get up the winding roads, park, get situated, etc.

Q. I have an 8 person tent. Should I bring it?

A. If you feel like you want to train for the Navy Seals or the next IronMan, and carry the thing up a couple miles like a burly lumberjack, go for it! You're gonna get tired lugging that thing. Trust me! Bring a 2 person tent. It's lighter.

Q. What if I don’t want to spend the night?

A. The natives might get restless, so can WE eat you for dinner? j/k! That’s cool if you don’t want to spend the night. We didn’t want you around anyways! lol. Just hang with us at the watering holes and you can head back to the cars a couple hours before dark.

Q. What should I bring to eat?

A. My suggestion… now’s a good time to start that fast you’ve been meaning to try. J/k!

Some food rules to follow…

Saturday Breakfast - eat before you arrive, or you can buy something light at Adam’s Pack Station.

Lunch - bring a sandwich or something to munch on (granola, StarKist tuna in the pouches, crackers, dried fruit, beef jerky, Cliff bars, Atkins’ Bars, POWER BARS!!). Things that don’t have to be refrigerated!

Dinner – We will build a fire in the fire ring, and there is a grate to grill on. My suggestion is to freeze whatever you want to grill the night before so it stays frozen thru most of the day Saturday. If you have a soft lunch sack lined to keep things cold, even better!

Breakfast on Sunday morning: Atkins bar, something light, make a Top Ramen soup, etc.

Good news is that we’ll be back at the cars by about noon, head down the hill and have lunch somewhere for those interested.

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