What we're about

Welcome to Hiking Boots & Booze! While our name might lead you to think this is a dedicated drinking group, our events are all about hiking throughout the Hudson Valley region, then enjoying a beverage and food afterward, but always at your discretion. Hiking is the main event, and members are never required to participate in the drink and food component afterward.

Hikes will range from short and easy to strenuous 6-hour excursions. On all hikes we will keep a moderately fast pace, so you should have some hiking experience, or at least be fit enough to keep the pace of the group. Safety is important and it is your responsibility to read each event description fully, along with any associated links, so that you come prepared.

**ATTENDANCE** Please be mindful of your reservations. If you commit to an event then decide not to go, or if your car breaks down, you become ill, or your gerbil just had babies, please change your r.s.v.p. IMMEDIATELY so the group is not standing around waiting for you. Anyone with 2 no-shows may be removed from the group without further notice.

Becoming a member of the Hiking Boots & Booze Meetup will also mean that you understand and agree with our disclaimer below.

DISCLAIMER: You are solely responsible for your safety and well-being on any event you attend. No Organizer, Host or other member of this group is in any way liable for any injury or misfortune that could occur. The Organizers and event hosts are not trained in any medical or rescue procedures, nor are they professional trail guides. Some hikes may be exploratory, meaning the Organizer or host has not previously hiked that particular trail or trail system. You therefore agree to accept all risks when you arrive to participate in any event scheduled. As a member of this group, you agree to release the Organizer, all event hosts and fellow members of any and all liability. If you decide to separate from the group during an event, you are responsible for your own safe return. By joining this group and attending an event, you are demonstrating that you understand you are responsible for your own safety as well as the safety of anyone who accompanies you as a guest on any event hosted by Hiking Boots & Booze Meetup. Any posted hike distance, duration, elevation, and difficulty are estimated and may not accurately represent the actual details of a particular hike.

Upcoming events (4)

Mount Greylock - highest point in Massachusetts + AJ's Trailside Pub

Bellows South Trailhead

7+ miles \ 5+ hours \ 2200 feet hellevation gain \ Difficulty: 5 beers of 6 - Hard \ Yeah, you can drive to the top, but that isn't very much like hiking 😆

For this event, you should be well-conditioned for hiking since we'll average about 800 feet of elevation per mile. Pack plenty of water! Test the map pin here on the event page before setting out to ensure it takes you to the Billows South Trailhead. Consider conserving parking space by carpooling from town.

We'll hike a challenging loop pathway to the top of Greylock where we'll enjoy panoramic views up to 90 miles away on a clear day. We can also explore the enormous Veterans War Memorial Tower, the visitor's center, and Bascom Lodge, where we can snag a quick snack before heading back on a different trail.

Afterward, we'll head to AJ's Trailside Pub in Adams for some good grub and suds!

Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest + Ferncliff Forest Firetower

Ferncliff Forest

Wear your casual clothes if you like and meet at Ferncliff Forest for an easy 1.5 mile mud-free hike to the top of the fire tower where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Catskills and Hudson River before heading to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds for the Wine & Food Festival. Alternatively, you can meet up with us just inside the Fairgrounds Main entrance at 11:30 or so. You’ll see us standing around the elevated island as you walk in.

The festival features hundreds of wines, beers, ciders, and spirits from venues all over the region, plus food trucks and countless other artisan food stuff. Stay as long as you like. Closes at 6 p.m.

Full day tasting ticket $45, non-tasting $15.

Read about the festival and buy tickets here:

Carpooling is available from my place, and if it's a yucky hot day, you can change and cleanup after the hike at my place also.

*FULL* Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Antelope Canyon, Arches & Moab, Salt Flats ++

October 9 - 19 with optional departure on the 17th or 18th

**You must book flights and hotels yourself (see below)**

Do not begin booking until I've contacted you directly


Oct 9 - Travel to Phoenix, meetup, stay overnight

Oct 10 - Drive to Grand Canyon, explore South Rim, watch sunset, overnight in Tusayan AZ

Oct 11 - Sunrise at Grand Canyon followed by 6 mile hike, overnight in Page AZ

Oct 12 - Guided tour of Upper Antelope Canyon, view Glen Canyon Dam, visit Horseshoe Bend, overnight in Springdale UT

Oct 13 - Zion! Overnight in Springdale UT

Oct 14 - Drive to Bryce Canyon, explore, overnight in Richfield UT

Oct 15 - Drive to Canyonlands, explore, overnight in Moab UT

Oct 16 - Arches National Park, overnight in Moab

Oct 17 - More Moab...rent off-road vehicles, or raft the Colorado River, overnight in Salt Lake City (or fly home from Moab)

Oct 18 -Visit Bonneville Salt Flats, the Great Salt Lake, overnight in Salt Lake City (or fly home)

Oct 19 -Depart from Salt Lake City (or stay and join the Mormons)


Approximately $2700 + airfare and meals

Most lodging includes breakfast. Lunches will be on-the-go, dinners hopefully more refined.

$500 deposit required before departure to cover cost of vehicle rental and fuel. Any surplus or deficit gets settled up later. Or, rent your own car.

***Our itinerary could change so stay alert and keep up-to-date here***


We’ll be staying at a hotel every night, so camping isn’t an option. There just won’t be enough time. I’ve selected moderately-priced hotels in convenient locations to our activities, but you’re welcome to stay somewhere else, as long as you can make it to the listed hotel in time for our departures. Some shuttling may be possible, especially if we have more than one van.


Oct 9 - Drury Inn & Suites Phoenix Airport, Phoenix AZ

Oct 10 - Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire, Tusayan AZ

Oct 11 - Hyatt Place Page Lake Powell, Page AZ

Oct 12 - Oct 13 - Flannigan’s Inn (Alternatively, Quality Inn), Springdale UT

Oct 14 - Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriot Richfield, Richfield UT

Oct 15 - Oct 16 - Best Western Plus Greenwell Inn, Moab UT

Oct 17 - Oct 18 - Tru by Hilton Salt Lake City Airport, Salt Lake City UT

Any questions message me here or at[masked]

Finger Lakes 2022 - Waterfall hikes, Wineries, Boating, Bonfires!

Admiral Peabody's Lakeside Lodging

Join us for another 3-day stay at Admiral Peabody's Lakeside Lodging (admiralpeabodys.com) on Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen! Our long weekend begins Thursday at 3 p.m. (or later) and ends anytime you want Sunday. Peabody's overlooks Seneca Lake and has several cottages, two large docks, a firepit, gas grills, modern bathrooms, and fully equipped kitchens.

I've reserved the entire facility, but since accommodations are limited to 14 beds, everyone goes on the waitlist and members will be moved to the Going list at my discretion in order to minimize cat fights and fisticuffs 😆 Preference will likely fall to regular participants in the group. Others are welcome to book lodging elsewhere and meet up with us for some activities, but it isn't likely everyone will get to do everything together all the time.

Activities in the area are countless and I’ll have a few outings planned, including two hikes, lunch and winetasting along Keuka Lake, and a dinner cruise on Seneca Lake Saturday evening, but your time is your own so do what you want. Several state parks are within a 40-minute drive of our lodging, and Watkins Glen Gorge is just 5 minutes away. The gorge should be open for the season by the time of our trip. More than 100 wineries, breweries, and distilleries dot the region, and most of them are less than an hour away.

On the way home Sunday morning I'll be visiting the Corning Glass Museum (very cool place!) and anyone is welcome to join me there.

$$: Private bedroom in a cottage: $260
Pull-out sofa in a cottage: $225
*No discounts for shorter stays*

The dinner cruise is $77 but is not yet booking for 2022. Stay tuned.

Bring food and beverages to share, but nothing else is needed. Except maybe a favorite pillow, and your Teddy bear. Or find a Teddy bear on the trip 😉

Further details and updates may appear here or in the comments.

You can private message me through Meetup, or at[masked].

Tentative Itinerary:

9:00 – Meet at Watkins Glen State park for an easy but memorable 2
mile hike through the gorge. $10 parking fee per car
12:00 – Carpool from Peabody’s to Hammondsport for lunch at
Village Tavern
2:00 – winetasting at Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery
3:30 – winetasting at Bully Hill Vineyards
6:00 – All-in cookout at Admiral Peabody's, followed by a bonfire

9:00 – Carpool to Buttermilk Falls State park for a 1.5 hour waterfall hike through the gorge, pause for a moment of silence at Anthony Falls*
12:30 – carpool to Wagner vineyard for lunch with wine or beer flights, hit another winery nearby
6:00 – Dinner cruise from Watkins Glen
Check-out by 11, meet up at Corning Glass Museum around 11

*Location where Ant took a spill and broke his ass

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