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Pasadena Hiking Pacers Announce Post-Hike Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 | 8:22 PM

As part of a fundraising program to benefit the local hiking group, the Pasadena Hiking Pacers will be holding a Chili Cook-Off Competition after the June 24, scheduled climb to the Hollywood Sign.

The climb itself is a pleasant trek with a roundtrip distance of 5-5.5 miles, making it a Level 1difficulty hike. Level 1 climbs are given to hikes 6 miles or less; mostly level ground or only slight incline.

The group will meet at the Parking lot by the Merry Go-Round prior to the hike. Click here to see the meeting spot on the map. The hike itself kicks off at 7:30 a.m. sharp, giving way to the Chili Cook-Off at Griffith Park after the hike at around 10-11:00 a.m.

Cook-Off competitors are asked to contact the group through The Chili will be prepared at home, although preparing it on site is allowed as well. Competitors should also have some way of warming up their chili at the park.

In the spirit of fun competition, the group warns that “Cheating Is Allowed!” telling competitors to “Make sure to bring your A game…if it were me, I’d have a secret weapon to sway those votes like a side dish, drink, or hot wife handing out the food…just an idea.”

The Cook-Off winner will be decided by public vote in cash donated into the competitor’s green can. Ballot stuffing is encouraged as all donations will benefits the Pasadena Hiking Pacers. The chili cook with the most votes will be the winner and will be declared the “Chili King” for the event.

The Cook-Off will take place at the picnic tables just Southeast of the tennis courts. For a more specific location, click here to see the map.

The Pasadena Hiking Pacers is a free organization, which means that no paperwork is necessary to join and partake of club activities. Simply show up at the designated meeting place before the hike and the group will gladly welcome you. Of course, it is expected of each and every hiker to be responsible for themselves and to be aware of the risks involved in hiking. To learn more about the group, visit their website at