West Point Inn Hike
A 4-mile round-trip trek on relatively flat Easy Grade Trail to historic West Point Inn (above), which has been in operation since 1904 and was once served by the World’s Crookedest Railroad. Here we’ll relax on the the most awe-inspiring wrap-around porch in California (below), hear a tale or two from the innkeeper, marvel at photos from yesteryear in the inn’s private parlor (we get the VIP treatment) and share some backpack snacks as we revel in the stunning view of San Francisco Bay 1,500 feet below.
*Hikes start at $50/person*
Coastal redwood trees exist only in a few narrow bands on the planet, and none are more renowned than California’s. Virtually all of the redwoods in the Bay Area were harvested in the mid-19th century to build booming San Francisco. But Mount Tam’s second-growth redwoods, some aged 170 years, tower majestically above the town of Stinson Beach and some of the most awe-inspiring trails you’ll ever traverse. Don’t forget that picture beside Mount Tam’s signature waterfall ladder (below).
*Hikes start at $75/person*
Standing 2,571 feet above the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, the east peak of Mount Tamalpais (above) isn’t the most daunting summit hike in the Bay Area. But because Tam stands free of any local mountain range and rises on all sides from sea level, it ranks second in prominence (behind Mount Diablo) in the nine-county area. That, coupled with the lush natural resources of a fog-shrouded redwood microclimate, makes for some of the most spectacular hiking sight lines on the West Coast.
*Hikes start at $100/person*
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“A rollicking tour-de-force of history, geography and belly laughs.” — SF Examiner (2018)
Bay Area adopted son John Muir said it best: “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” My job is simply to facilitate your full immersion in this extraordinary place: noting the tribes who walked before us generations ago; pointing out the coyote skulking through the trees; answer questions about the age of the trees or the earthquake fault line beneath our feet; or cracking a joke at the prospect of an uphill surge. And, of course, to find the best beer to celebrate our experience.
~ Brian Patrick Higgins
Here’s to hops!
The best way to celebrate your day on the mountain? By sacrificing all those burnt calories to the beer gods! We’ll put our heads together and figure out the idea post-hike watering hole for your group at one of the Hills & Hops-friendly brewpubs in Marin County. Loosen your boots and raise a toast to a day you, your colleagues, friends or travel mates won’t soon forget.