Ninth Annual Hike Into History

Saturday, Oct. 2nd

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Pancake Breakfast to Benefit Pack Station, Lizzie's Trail Inn Historical Exhibits, John Robinson Q. and A., Postal Stamp Cancellation at Lizzie's to Replace Hike Into History due to Forest Closure.


The Sierra Madre Pioneer Days Hike Into History (to Steil's Camp from the Mt. Wilson Observatory) scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2, at the top of Mt. Wilson was canceled, due to high fire hazard conditions on the mountain.  The Sierra Madre Pioneer Days Association complied with the notice issued by the U.S. Forest Service that the Angeles National Forest was closed.  Instead of the events as planned for the top of Mount Wilson, the publicwas invited to a “Charley Chantry Style” Pancake Bbreakfast and Open House at Lizzie’s Trail Inn. Lizzie’s Trail Inn is a small, primitive mountain museum located at “the foot of Mt. Wilson Trail” in Sierra Madre. Saturday morning’s events focused on a pancake breakfast to raise funds for the We Um Attaxxum Pack Station.   The commercial industry of the packing of mountain supplies up and down the mountain by mules and burros is a significant  part of early Sierra Madre history. The pack trains started hauling supplies on Mount Wilson on the Mount Wilson Trail in 1864.   The We Um Attaxxum Pack Station originally began operation in Sierra Madre and moved to Chantry Flat in 1937.  It has served the owners of the cabins in Little Santa Anita Canyon ever since, bringing in supplies that the owners can not carry themselves.  It is stated to be the oldest (and last) active year round supply line pack station in the United States.  When the mountain is closed due to high fire hazard or poor road conditions, there is no income for the pack station.  All money donated ($1,400) was donated to the Pack Station to use to feed the pack train animals during the closure, so that the Pack Station might survive despite the closure.  During the Pancake breakfast events, attendees had an opportunity to meet John Robinson, San Gabriel mountain historian and author of the book Sierra Madre’s Old Mount Wilson TrailFrom 11 am –12 noon, the U. S Post Office cancelled mail posted at Lizzie’s TraiI Inn with a special "Steil's Camp" postal cancellation celebrating Sierra Madre mountain history.  The world-famous Sierra Madre Search and Rescue team was on hand to display rescue equipment.  Mike Pauro provided entertainment with his famous “celestial fiddle”.


A special thank you Michael Bratakos at Corfu restaurant for donating ALL the food, coffee and orange juice.  Be sure to thank him next time you stop in.


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Line for pancakes early on

SMPDA volunteers greet arrivals

Boy Scout Troop 110 sets up postal station for ninth year in a row


The table is autographed and stamped each year, becoming a piece of history itself


Fiddler Mike Pauro provided entertainment

Lizzie's Trail Inn was open, visitor plays with Kilroy pinball machine

Trail Inn memorabilia.  That's Lizzie in the picture under the Eastside neon sign

Backpack from a burro named Pinky, long since gone

T-shirts from previous hikes

More memorabilia.  Again, that's Lizzie herself in pic next to chalkboard

Troop 110, still setting up

Crowd shot


Dr. Bill White escorts Lila Adams, widow of Bill Adams, former owner of the pack station

Kim Kelley, current owner of the pack station, arrives with a donkey named Slim to carry the mail

Kim is greeted by Dr. White as Terry Miller gets set to shoot a photo

Another shot of Mike Pauro

Slim gets busy on hay, good thing or we'd have run out of pancakes

John Robinson chats with the crowd

Dr. Bill White emcees

Event was very well attended, as evidenced by the line, which moved quickly

Kim Kelley (in overalls), current pack station owner, and Lila Adams (in red), former owner

Youngsters pet Slim

Crowd shot

Youngster hops up in the saddle

Search and Rescue displayed some of its equipment

Michael Deak applies special commemorative seal to mail

City Councilmember  John Buchanan picks up his envelope

Search and Rescue's Tom Sales chats with John Robinson

Troop 110 and Dr. White in an image badly altered to show shaded faces


Envelope with special Steil's Camp seal

Kim Kelley gets ready to lead Slim with the mail

Off to the Sierra Madre Post Office


Mail arrives at Post Office, photo by Dr. Bill White


Final crowd shot,

photo by Dr. Bill White

Here are some links to photos from past Hikes into History

2003 - Fern Lodge

2002 - Angeles Crest Closed, festivities at Lizzie's Trail Inn - Photos provided by Dr. Bill White

2000 - Orchard Camp - Photos by Denny Barry

1999 - Sturtevant Camp - Photos by Jeff Lapides

Our Sincere Thanks to our Sponsors

Gold Level

Arroyo Seco Medical Group


E. Waldo Ward and Son


Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce

Related links

Visit Lizzie's Trail Inn

Visit the Sierra Madre Historical Archives

Past Year Recent Pioneer Days Photo/Video Archives

2003 2002 2000 1999 1998

Some other upcoming Sierra Madre events of interest

Huck Finn Day  March

SMVFA Easter Egg Hunt  April

Sierra Madre Friends of the Library Art Fair  May

Mt. Wilson Trail Race   May

Sierra Madre Surf Club Annual Luau June

Mater Dolorosa Passionist Father's Retreat House Fiesta  June

Fourth of July  July

American Cancer Society Relay for Life  Sept

Sierra Madre Pioneer Days Logo Artwork Copyright Aimee Dozois, 1997

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Sierra Madre Pioneer Days Association Mission Statement

The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation is organized is the planning and implementation of informative, historically significant, and entertaining activities with the goal of educating our community and interested members of surrounding foothill communities about Sierra Madre's captivating past.