Please Help Wild Mountain Mystics

August 5, 2017

Wild Mountain Mystics playing at Adams Pack Station, Chantry Flat

Wild Mountain Mystics playing at Adams Pack Station, Chantry Flat

Southern California musical duo and San Gabriel Mountain enthusiasts, Wild Mountain Mystics, have suffered a tragedy. They have lost both of their cars, equipment, and instruments in a fire. Their insurance is not going to cover much of the loss. As these items are part of their livelihood, this is even more of a loss. The Friends of the San Gabriels has donated $1000 toward their recovery.

Please visit PayPal.com to make a donation by entering the email address wild@wildmountainmystics.com.

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Hermit Falls Cleanup

September 25, 2016

Hermit Falls GraffitiOn April 23, 2016, Friends of the San Garbriels, with the help of your generous donations, sponsored our first cleanup day for both trash and graffiti at Hermit Falls in Big Santa Anita Canyon. Twenty seven people joined us in the effort. We used 55 cans of rock-colored spray paint, 5 gallons of coverup paint and removed 200 pounds of trash.

Our second Hermit Falls cleanup day will be October 15, 2016. These date are chosen as the beginning and ending of the major traffic graffiti periods.

  • Join us for a cleanup morning at Adams’ Pack Station, 7:30 am.
  • Drinks, snacks and supplies will be provided at Hermit Falls.
  • Friends of the San Gabriels will treat you to a great lunch at Adams’ Pack Station.

No RSVP is necessary, just show up ready to work. If you have trouble finding parking, tell the folks at Adams’ Pack Station that you are there for the cleanup event and they will find you a space.

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Sturtevant Camp is Under New Ownership & Management

April 21, 2015

Sturtevant-Camp-ApproachFriends of the San Gabriels, in partnership with Adams’ Pack Station, is pleased to announce that they have completed the purchase of historic Sturtevant Camp. The USFS permit is pending two administrative items but we have the approval and that is really the most important part. So, what are our next steps? Here is a summary:

We successfully raised $75,000 which allowed for the purchase and requirement of two years of operating capital. Unfortunately, that does not include any contingency for repairs, maintenance, improvements, or an on-going drought. All of you were very generous with your donations and I do not want ask you for more. We need to determine how to reach out to potential donors outside of this circle and I am looking to you to provide suggestions. The one suggestion that we have had repeatedly is crowd-funding. I have researched just about every funding site and have determined that at this point in our fundraising we are beyond the feasibility of using those services. In essence what these sites do is provide a means to reach out to family, friends, and beyond regarding a project. That is what we did through our website and email. We only incurred a little over 3% fees whereas the best fee structure I found was a little over 7%. What I believe we need are larger benefactors and/or corporate sponsors. Does anyone have any idea how to go about this? This is completely outside of my knowledge base.

For those of you who donated and were identified, I will start working on getting out your receipts as we will no longer need to worry about returning the funds due to the sale not going through.

We have determined that it would be best to move the Camp out from under the Friends of the San Gabriels as there has been some concern expressed that there may be a conflict between Adams’ Pack Station (Burcon Outfitters, Inc.) and FSG. Also, we (Sue and I) foresee a time when we will need to step back from the project and the Camp needs to continue under good stewardship. Therefore, we are in the process of incorporating a new non-profit called the Sturtevant Conservancy. Initially, the Board of Directors will consist of Sue and I. However, in a short period we will want to expand the BoD. Unfortunately, due to some recent events we are going to be very careful who will be placed in this decision making role.

Work, work, work… Yep, we still have a lot of work to do at the Camp. Some urgent projects include: re-pipe the sewage drainage from the manager’s cabin. The toilet is current not functioning. The potable tank and the poly tank (the two water tanks we have) need to be plumbed together to allow for alternating which tank is drawn from. This is primarily to resolve an issue with chlorinating that continues to be re-filled by the ground water. It will also allow up to access both tanks to get us through June. Who out there is a plumber or is very familiar with plumbing who can help with this? Next, the micro-hydro pond needs to be dug out. We are having very little water flow already as the ground water is starting to sink under the surface. The raking needs to be completed.

Hosts: The current boot squad has done a fantastic job putting together check lists and laminated instructions for hosts. We will be expanding upon this and providing training sessions. We are targeting late June for this as the Camp will most likely have insufficient water to have guests. As a host you will be asked to learn things like running the generator, how to provide an orientation to guests, how the propane system and water system works, and we will be planning to have a wilderness first aid class so that everyone is certified in CPR and first aid. Let me know if you are interested.

-Deb Burgess
Friends of the San Gabriels & Adams’ Pack Station

Hike Into History: Sturtevant Camp

January 12, 2015

Sturtevant's Swiss LodgeJoin Casey Schreiner of Modern Hiker and Deb Burgess of Adams’ Pack Station for a hike to historic Sturtevant Camp.

Just as they did a century ago, we will travel along a well-marked trail into the Camp, where we’ll be able to peek into all of the buildings on site, including the oldest existing U.S. Forest Service structure still in its original location, a beautiful hand built cabin (circa 1903) that served as the first ranger station, and the original 1897 Swiss Dining Pavilion, this currently serves as Sturtevant Lodge. Just as they did in 1936, Adams’ Pack Station will bring along the pack train with lunch and water to the Camp.

Meet at Adams’ Pack Station Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 7:30 am. The cost is FREE, light lunches and water will be provided (If you’re a big eater or thirsty hiker, snacks and water are available at the Pack Station store, or you can bring your own.) Parking is available in the lots at Chantry Flat and along the road with an Adventure Pass, or in the private parking lot at Adams’ Pack Station
for $10.

This is a fundraiser to save Sturtevant Camp. Friends of the San Gabriels raise money by selling T-shirts, and of course donations are more than welcome. Check out the list of donor incentives below. You can download the fundraiser prospectus here (pdf).

Moderate hike – approx. 8 miles round trip, hike at your own risk.

For More Information Contact Deb Burgess at 626-447-7356

Remember that your donations are tax-deductible.

  • For donations of $5,000 or more, we will name a guest cabin after you or an honoree of your choice. Plus, you have the privilege of reserving the Retreat Cottage for yourself and up to 5 friends twice a year for two years.
  • For donations of $1,000, you can adopt a cabin (you get a plaque in the cabin) and you can reserve the Retreat Cottage for yourself and up to 5 friends during 2015.
  • For donations of $500, you can be one of many to adopt the Ranger cabin or another building and reserve the Retreat Cottage.
  • For donations of $100, you can enter to win a full weekend in the Retreat Cottage for yourself and up to five friends. Packing included. We will draw the winner in late February.
  • For donations of $25 or more, we will treat you to lunch at the pack station on a music Sunday. Yum!
  • Finally, all donors above $100 will be listed on a donation wall and receive a free t-shirt. (unless you want to remain anonymous).

We Need Your Support!

December 14, 2014

Hello fellow hikers and canyon lovers!

The Friends of the San Gabriels is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with the United Methodist Church to purchase Sturtevant’s Camp. We are now starting a fundraiser and hope that you will participate.

Sturtevant-Camp-ApproachMany of you are familiar with Sturtevant’s Camp and some of you are not. For those of you who have not had a chance to visit this great treasure, let me give you some background. Sturtevant’s Camp was established in 1893 and was one of five resort camps in the Big Santa Anita Canyon (Chantry Flat area) during the great hiking era of the early 1900s. Now, a century later, it is the last remaining camp and the only place that you can rent cabins for you and a couple of friends or a really big group of 40+. It has been under the ownership of the United Methodist Church (UMC) since 1945. It has never been successfully self-supporting since that time and has relied upon UMC funds to keep it alive. From 2010 on, all camps have had to be self-supporting. Our favorite camp manager of 20 years (Chris Kasten and his wife Joan) was laid off and a dedicated group of individuals known as the “boot squad” has tirelessly tried to maintain the camp. But, alas, without marketing and lately a lack of water, business has been dismal.

So, you ask, what will be different this time? First, we will have a team of enthusiastic, experienced, canyonites dedicated to this project: Sue Burgess, Deb Burgess, and Brad Bryce. In addition, we have planned a three-pronged approach:

  1. Brad Bryce, cabin owner and long-time canyon volunteer, will live at the camp and manage it for the first 1-2 years in a non-paid capacity. This will provide for stability in operations and open the camp to weekday guests.
  2. Heavy marketing including email and phone call campaigns to potential groups such as Scouts, So Cal hiking groups, environmental groups, equestrian groups.
  3. Schedule event-type weekends for a flat fee that includes all expenses. So far, we have come up with a hand-quilt making weekend, Scout merit badge weekends, board game (and/or chess) weekend, live music weekend, Thanksgiving at Camp, art camp weekend, etc. We would love to hear more ideas.
Financial Projection

Financial Projection

This is where you come in. We could really use your help through donations, suggestions, and volunteering. We have some incentives for donations. First, remember that your donations are tax-deductible. Next, check out what we will give back:

  • For donations of $5,000 or more, we will name a guest cabin after you or an honoree of your choice. Plus, you have the privilege of reserving the Retreat Cottage for yourself and up to 5 friends twice a year for two years.
  • For donations of $1,000, you can adopt a cabin (you get a plaque in the cabin) and you can reserve the Retreat Cottage for yourself and up to 5 friends during 2015.
  • For donations of $500, you can be one of many to adopt the Ranger cabin or another building and reserve the Retreat Cottage.
  • For donations of $100, you can enter to win a full weekend in the Retreat Cottage for yourself and up to five friends. Packing included. We will draw the winner in late February.
  • For donations of $25 or more, we will treat you to lunch at the pack station on a music Sunday. Yum!
  • Finally, all donors above $100 will be listed on a donation wall and receive a free t-shirt. (unless you want to remain anonymous).

You can either use a credit card or PayPal account by clicking the donate button below. If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to the Friends of the San Gabriels and mail to 46685 Orchard Drive, Miramonte, CA 93641. Note: If we are unable to meet our goal of $75,000 by our deadline of March 2, 2015, we will either return your donation or can leave it with Friends for future projects. We are confident with your help that we can secure enough funds to purchase the camp, secure our startup funds and first year’s operating expenses.

As I said above, we looking to add to the existing volunteer group and would welcome your participation. We will be looking for people to act as weekend hosts (Brad will need to go home once in a while), help with maintenance projects, kitchen staff, raking leaves, overseeing some of the Scout merit badge programs, etc. More details about this later one. Please let us know how you would like to help. Also, keep in mind that the other way you can help is to make reservations on our reservation page.

Please help us to save this icon of the canyon.

Thank You,
Deb Burgess
Owner/Operator Adams’ Pack Station

Friends of the San Gabriels
46685 Orchard Drive
Miramonte, CA 93641

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FSG Repairs Radio Repeater for BSAC FireSafe Council

November 20, 2013

Friends Coordinator Deb Burgess at the Big Santa Anita Canyon Radio Repeater Friends of the San Gabriels has helped the Big Santa Anita FireSafe Council repair their emergency radio repeater. The repeater is located in a central location, high on a ridge, and allows for radio communication in all branches of the Big Santa Anita watershed. Because of its exposure to wildlife and the elements, it does require occasional maintenance. Donations to FSG paid for the materials to make repairs, as well as the gas money for the long, roundabout trek out to the repeater location.

Right: Friends Coordinator Deb Burgess at the undisclosed location of the Big Santa Anita Canyon radio repeater.