Friends of the San Gabriels Mount Fundraising Efforts to Save Historic Sturtevant Camp
“All I need is 200 people to donate $100 each,” announced a petite woman in a bright green t-shirt, perched atop a wooden bench, smoke rising from the fire pit in front of her.
Our host for the day was Deb Burgess, owner of the general store and lunch spot Adam’s Pack Station, at the Chantry Flats trailhead at the Big Santa Anita Canyon area of the Angeles National Forest. Seventy of us arrived by 7:30 on a Sunday morning for what was advertised as a “Hike Into History” (co-hosted by ModernHiker.com founder Casey Schreiner), but the real purpose of our early morning gathering became abundantly clear: Burgess is raising money to buy Sturtevant Camp, a historic resort founded by Wilbur Sturtevant in 1893. It’s one of the only preserved reminders of the Golden Age of Hiking when women in long Victorian dresses once climbed the San Gabriel Mountains.
“We are here to save this beautiful camp,” proclaimed Burgess.