What we're about
Hills & Hops pretty well describes everything you need to know about the Bay Area's most unique hiking club. We hike some of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring trails on the planet (they all just happen to be located in the Bay Area). Then we sacrifice all those burnt calories to the beer gods. Any questions?
And while bagging a summit and then throwing back a few cold ones hardly qualifies as unique, the way we go about it is:
** October 2017 was not only the fifth anniversary of our Meetup group, it also marked the kickoff of our Rookie Love Campaign – a monthly series of hikes designed to getting first-timers acclimated to the group. Whether you're a seasoned trail runner or just getting your first pair of boots dusty, we know it's not easy to be the new kid in the group. So we came up with the idea of an entire hike composed entirely of new kids! Our Rookie Love hikes have been specially selected using two criteria: well-graded trails that gradually ramp up to the kind of hikes you'll see on a weekly basis; and trails with the big visual payoffs that are a hallmark of Hills & Hops. We'd love to see you at our next Rookie Love hike on January 27. By the way, first-timers are free to join any hike ... our sole interest is removing that "Rookie" label from your profile and getting you excited about regular excursions with HIlls & Hops.
** All of our hikes have been personally researched (and hiked, often dozen of times) for distance, elevation gain, foliage cover and trail types. You'll even know how long each hike will take to traverse, what kind of views you'll see -- even where the bathrooms are located -- just by reading our passionately crafted hike descriptions. And once you show up, H & H founder Brian Patrick Higgins (https://www.amazon.com/Good-Look-Before-Dark-Warped-ebook/dp/B01629WEA6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508472143&sr=8-1&keywords=brian+patrick+higgins), a seasoned trail guide and journalist, keeps things interesting with factoids about the hike while keeping things moving at a lively pace.
** We go to similar lengths to put on the best post-hike celebration in the Meetup universe. In fact, it's mandatory. If you're thinking about RSVPing for a hike but can't make the post-hike festivities, we ask that you wait for a hike when you can; bonding over beer is part of our DNA. Over the past five years, we've forged rock-solid relationships with brewpub managers and owners across every Bay Area county, so we're treated like VIPs wherever we might roam. One note: CASH IS KING. We're treated to private decks, special prices and the best servers because we make it easy on the wait staff by paying one bill on one credit card (Brian's); so please show up with cash to pay your share of the tab.
** How many Bay Area hiking Meetups have made a film to show off their trail-hopping (and hops-guzzling) adventures? One. Enjoy.
Just one favor: After you sign up, don't demote Hills & Hops to yet another of those dust-collecting groups in your Meetup portfolio. RSVP for a hike right away. After all, we've been waiting for you.