Old-Fashioned Packing Services

Pack Train at Sturtevant's Camp

Pack Train at Sturtevant’s Camp

Thank you for choosing to use our pack train to complete your trip back in time. Sturtevant is one of a handful of historic mountain resorts left in the San Gabriels and the only one which still has a connection to a pack station. Having your gear packed in by donkeys is how they did it back in 1893, when Sturtevant Camp first opened.

The type of packing we do is called “dunnage”; that is, freight only, no passengers. We do not offer rides because of the rugged terrain, blind corners and heavy multi-use traffic. Only experienced riders ought to tackle the San Gabriel front country and even then it’s quite dangerous.

Since the camp is fully equipped, you will only be bringing in your clothing, food, toiletries and possibly a sleeping bag. But you would be surprised to know how much trouble these relatively simple and lightweight items have caused us in the past. We will try to give you some guidance here in how to prepare your deliveries.

The first thing to address is food. The first thing to address is food. Recycleable shopping bags or cold storage bags are ideal, but if you use plastic bags, please double-up for strength. Paper bags rip and get wet. If you are inclined to box your food, which would be helpful, please use cardboard apple and potato boxes from the supermarket. They are sturdy, they have a removable top, they are the perfect size for our saddle bags, and they are free! Avoid banana boxes. Please do not tape your boxes closed as we may need to rearrange them to get even loads. We have plenty of refrigerated and deep-freeze storage space for advanced drop-off, and one pair of insulated packing boxes for delivery of cold goods.

Second is clothing, bedding, towels etc. We have had groups drop off these items in garbage bags and pillow cases; sleeping bags not even rolled up! Please take a few minutes to properly pack your gear. Duffel bags and internal-frame packs are good; just make sure you pack in something sturdy and secure.

For weekend packing, please have your items to the pack station by 9 am on Friday morning. You can arrange for a drop-off earlier in the week. We have refrigerators and freezer dedicated to storing your food.

Packing rate is 50¢ per lb each way. Packing out of any garbage generated at camp is included in the price of your stay. Please give us a call with any questions at (626) 447-7356.


 The Pack Train in Action