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The Fall Fox Hunt
The Fall 2018 Fox Hunt is Saturday, October 6th
We typically hold the Fall Fox Hunt at Heaton Flats on the first Saturday of October, with camping throughout the weekend. You will need a Day Pass or an Adventure Pass. The funds support our National Parks and Forests, so get one!
The foxes are released from their “den” at 11:30 and given a 10 to 20 minutes head-start. They may go in any direction they like. Each fox has flags, representing scent; they must place the flags as they run. Each flag must be visible from another nearby flag. Foxes may double back, plant false trails, climb trees, hide, wait, cross streams, or do any other activity a fox would so long as they leave a clear trail for the dogs to follow.
The hounds follow the scent and alert the humans by barking. The ponies and “riders” follow the dogs. All humans will have hunting horns to call dogs to them if they spot a fox. If captured (tagged, pinned, or cornered by a hound), the fox will then be de-tailed by a human hunter.
Being a social event, the hunt is followed by a pot luck dinner and toast.
Because this is a public event, please make sure all pink bits are covered; dress should be relatively family friendly.
Spectators are welcome to follow the Hunt and partake in the Feast; everyone is required to bring a potluck item.
We always leave our camp site in better condition than when we arrived. We will not tolerate littering.
Be prepared! Always bring more water than you need, emergency supplies, toilet paper, and bug spray. It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!
Parking is at the Bridge to Nowhere Trail Entrance.
Getting to the Trailhead:
From Interstate 210 in Azusa, take Azusa Avenue (Hwy 39) north about 12 miles to the junction of East Fork Road (8.6 miles from the forest station at the mouth of the canyon). Turn right, cross the bridge and continue driving east on East Fork Road 5.1 miles to the junction of Glendora Mountain Road. Continue straight another 1.4 miles to the East Fork parking lot. The lot holds about 40 vehicles, but on busy weekends it's not uncommon to find the lot full and cars parked along the road. A National Forest Adventure Pass is required. SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS IS REGION 5 AND THE SAME ADVENTURE PASS FOR LOS PADRES MOUNTAINS.
As you enter the parking lot, on your right is a wilderness information display. This is where you can obtain a free, self-issued wilderness permit.
Pass the locked vehicle gate and begin walking on the dirt fire-road northward. The road descends and ascends mildly as you traverse the east bank of the San Gabriel River's East Fork. This first section is well traveled as multitudes trek to the Bridge to Nowhere. At 0.5 mile you approach the Heaton Flat campground shaded in a grove of pines.
Schedule for The Fox Hunt Day Event:
Check-in for participants is at 10 am sharp on Saturday. At 11 am we have our "Stirrup Cup:" the traditional toast to begin the festivities. The hunt begins at 11:30 am, and usually lasts 1-2 hours, with a potluck feast to follow.