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Hops Hikes Return

Summit Land Conservancy

Like most businesses and organizations, the Summit Land Conservancy is trying to figure out how to continue in a new social gathering environment. The good news is that the Hops Hunters Hikes are returning starting next week.

The Summit Land Conservancy is teaming up with Wasatch Brewing to hunt for local hops in Park City’s mountains and especially in those areas protected by the Conservancy.

What the hunters are looking for are the hops, used in making beer - that were planted in Park City by German miners. Volunteers will mark the locations where they’re growing and then return this fall for harvesting. They’re brought to Wasatch Brewing which used them to create a limited-edition beer – available at what’s called Hoppy Hour – a fundraiser for the Conservancy.

Conservancy Director Cheryl Fox says due to the pandemic, they’ve made some changes to the hiking program this year.

“We decided to change the day and the time of the event. The whole goal is to find the hops, harvest the hops and then have a hoppy hour and drink the product of the hops...so we thought maybe a hoppy hour time of hiking would be a little more fun. S, the hikes will now be from 6:00 PM starting at 6:00 PM pretty much every other Wednesday through the course of this summer. So, they will be Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM and they go for about an hour an hour and a half.”

The hikes start at different locations. Fox says to stay within the Summit County Health Dept. guidelines, they are limiting the number of hikers to 20, including staff. The first hike for June 10th is already full.

They are asking hikers to bring and wear a face covering on the hike – if they are unable to social distance.

“The thing about the face coverings is I think, it's just a way of being respectful to other people on the hike,” she said. “We know if we get out there and it's really strenuous and things like that, people might have to stop and rest for a little while. The Hops Hikes aren’t terribly rigorous - but we do want to keep people safe. We want to keep our staff safe, our other guests safe, so we are hoping that people will go ahead and bring a mask.”

If you’re interested, you need to pre-register at wesaveland.org on the 'Happening' tab. Once registered, you’ll be contacted with the meeting location.

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