Noiz Indian Trail Run
New Years Eve Morning

Last update December 28, 2016
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Exception this year, Saturday Dec. 31, 2016 - Hoegees Loop

Join the Foothill Flyers on a trail run/walk New Years Eve morning at Chantry Flats. This years route is the 6 mile Hoegee's Loop Counter Clockwise - all Left turns and see the MAP. Getting the steep hill out of the way at the beginning and going down to Robert's Camp instead of up from it. It's a scenic loop that will take you up and down the canyon on nice single track. At times following a stream and mostly under the canopy of trees.

Group photo at 6:55am. Start time is 7am. Plan to arrive around 6:30 in order to get a parking space. The lots fill up very early. An adventure pass is required or pay $5.00 at the pack station if they are open. The weatherman is predicting rain but that can always change. If it is raining at start time we will not go on the trails. We can at that time decide to go directly to the Eats portion of the day.

From the 210 exit at Santa Anita and head north towards the mountains. The drive is approx 3 miles up from the 210 and will take 20-30 minutes due to the winding mountain road.

It was suggested that we might try the new Nanos Cafe in Sierra Madre for brunch. Their address is 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Bring some money and maybe some clean shoes if you plan to join us for that. We will probably arrive around 11 unless the run was rained out. In which case we can go early and for breakfast.

Noiz Loop

This is a great trail run/jog/walk/hike of about 9 miles out of Chantry Flat. For the Noiz Indian New Years Eve Morning event, walkers start at 7:00 AM, joggers 7:30 AM and runners at 8:00 AM. This staggered start is so that most everyone will arrive at Sturtevant Camp about 9:15 AM to regroup, eat a snack and try the tree swing before going up 1.2 miles to Mt. Zion for the ceremony at 9:30 AM. Hikers can do the 5.1 mile Hoegee's loop at 7:30am if not up to the full Noiz loop, but will miss the ceremony.

After doing the loop we have lunch at the Adams Pack Station if the run falls on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Otherwise, we go to the Only Place In Town in Sierra Madre around noon. See the 2013 photos.

See the map below. We try to mark each trail junction with flour arrows but if you are fast and pass us, best to download and take the map with you. The loop is counter clockwise once you go down the .6 mile paved road to Robert's Camp and is accessable from the south end of the lower parking lot. From Robert's you go up Big Santa Anita Canyon next to the stream by many cabins to the Fern Lodge junction and select going up either the Lower trail that goes above the falls or the Upper (Horse) Gabrielino trail - both take about the same time. After 4.4 miles taking the lower trail (4.5 taking the upper trail) and going through Cascade camp and Spruce Grove Camp, you come to Sturtevant Camp. There is a great swing set between two tall trees there. There used to be an active drinking fountain there, but it is no longer maintained so pack sufficient water. Then up the Mt. Zion trail to the peak where new members are inducted into the Noiz indian tribe at the special ceremony - not to be missed. Leaving the side trail from the peak, you go down to Hoegees Camp. At the junction you can elect to go down the valley next to the stream to Robert's Camp on the Lower Winter Creek Trail and then back up the pavement, or you can turn right and come back via the Upper Winter Creek trail which is about .4 miles longer but the last 2 miles are down hill.

USFS Adventure Pass is required to park at Chantry Flat or you can pay $5 and park at the Adams Pack Station which is at the south end of the Chantry upper parking lot. Chantry Flat is all the way north into the mountains on Santa Anita Ave from Arcadia - see directions. Bring enough water for 3 hours and a snack or energy food. We monitor FRS channel 6.0 in case you get lost or injured. Cell phones do not work in the canyons.

Download and print out a copy of the map to take with you.

Zion loop trail map

The first Noiz Indian run was in 1995 and was the brain child of Richard "Hozer" Gilmore. He passed it on to Manny Garcia Dec 31, 2008. Jimmy Downs has been the chief since 2013.

2010 Noiz Tribal Leaders
The new 2010 Noiz Tribal Council: Medicine Man George Velasco, Princess Brenda Thomason, Chief Manny Garcia and Princess Karen Johnson.

After you cross the bridge over the stream you will see this sign at Robert's Camp. Turn right and follow the dirt road.
At the Fern Lodge junction sign, look left and you will see the sign for the Gabrielino and Sturtevant Loop trails. The loop trail is more scenic but has stream crossings and a little rock hopping. Time to the rejoin junction is about the same.

Sturtevant Camp - Newcomb Saddle trail signSturtevant Camp
After Spruce Grove you will cross a stream and come to the Gabrielino Trail and Sturtevant camp sign. Go left to Sturtevant Camp and keep going straight at the next sign on into the camp.

First timers have to try out the giant swing between the trees at Sturtevant Camp - it is a tradition.

Inside the main building is a kitchen, tables for eating, ping pong and a room with a fire place. You can rent the Sturtevant Camp for groups.

These people came all this way to just see a small pile of rocks atop Mt. Zion on a cold New Years Eve morning. Hozer passes the Noiz sacred rock, the indian agents symbol of power, on to Manny Garcia after his 15 years in office. A tough pair of moccasins to fill.

Manny Garcia, pushes his squad of brush snippers clearing trail on the way up to Mt. Zion. Trail maintenance during this event might become a new tradition. 8 people brought twig snips and cut overhanging brush from trail in 2008.

No branch shall hang lower than 6' 1" above the ground - or according to the National Bureau of Standards, within 1 Ryne. This is so Mark Ryne does not get his head scratched or hat knocked off.

Medicine Man Hozer taps Bob Spears sore knee with the magical healing branch so that Bob can run the Avalon 50 in a few weeks. George Velasco gets inducted into the Noiz indian tribe by high priestess Nancy Gilmore and is presented with a neckless of beads she spent all year making with her own hands.

Yes, there is an outhouse available for the small of bladder at the Spruce Grove Campground.

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