*** Bush-Wacky Hike ***
*** On and Off Trails ***
*** Strenuous Workout ***
Please Join Me For Some Hardcore Exercise and Outdoor Activity On My Continued Scouting and Exploration...And Maybe Just A Weee Bit of Off-Trails Bush-Wackiness (OK, A Lot!)...of The Neversink Mountain Preserve in Reading PA. This Has Already Become One of My Favorite Hiking Locations!
This Place is Amazing and I Can't Wait To Get Back There!
The City of Reading is fortunate to be surrounded by several natural treasures including; Neversink Mountain and Mount Penn. The Berks Conservancy has invested much time and resources over the past fifteen years to ensure that the 900-acre Neversink Mountain remains as open space for the benefit of the general public that visit the mountain.
Neversink connects trails from one end of the mountain to the other. Neversink Mountain is hugged on the south by the Schuylkill River and to the north by the City of Reading.
This provides breathtaking vistas for your enjoyment, most popular are the City Overlook and the Witches Hat (McIlvain Pavilion).
Hike Starting Location and Rally Point:
We'll Meet At The Canal Street Pub Parking Lot. There Is An Optional Post-Hike After-Party Meetup Here Afterward...So It Makes Sense To Start and End Our Hike At This Location. The Neversink Mountain Trails Are Only About 10 Minute Walk From This Point. Text/Call me at[masked] To Coordinate. The Canal Street Pub Doesn't Open Until 3:00 pm, So We're Starting The Hike A Little Later Than Normal.
The Hike Plan:
We'll Be Hiking The Neversink Mountain Trail Loops. We'll Be Getting Bush-Wacky and Going On and Off The Trails At Various Points. These Will Usually Be Steep Climbs Up Ravines and Hills.
Click here to download a trail guide. (PDF format)
Follows the Neversink North Trail to the West Woodland Trail, and West Valley Trail.
Rating: Difficult, Steep and Rocky. Trail length 2.25 miles.
Points of Interest: Former Quarry View Point, Neversink Reservoir
Follows Neversink North Trail to the Upper Glen Trail, Neversink South Trail, and West Valley Trail.
Rating: Long, Moderate. Trail Length: 4.5 Miles.
Follows the Klapperthal Trail, to the upper Glen Trail, and Neversink North Trail.
Rating: Moderate. Trail length: 3.47 miles. Hiking time: 1.25 Hours
Points of Interest: Klapperthal Park, Train Tressel, Witch’s Hat Pavillion.
Follows the St. lawrence Trail to the Promenade Trail loop, and east Ridge Trail.
Rating: Easy. Trail Length: 2.75 Miles
Points of Interest: Witch’s Hat Pavillion.
Total Distance: +12 Miles
Total Time: Approx 5 Hours (No Later Than 3:00 PM)
Hike Level: Moderate To Advanced Hardcore Hikers ONLY (Distance, Hills and Pace)
This hike is for HARDCORE Hikers due to distance, hills, terrain and the pace.
Sturdy shoes are recommended. Dress appropriately for weather conditions...including extra layers, gloves, hats, rain gear and Micro Spikes/Trax For Boots.
As weather gets colder, rain will cancel this hike. Severe thunderstorms will definitely cancel this hike. However, snow may not cancel hike.
ON BAD WEATHER DAYS I WILL ALWAYS POST A HIKE STATUS IN COMMENTS AROUND 60-90 MINUTES PRIOR TO POSTED HIKE START TIME OR YOU CAN CALL/TEXT ME AT[masked] FOR AN UPDATE.
As always...PLEASE REMEMBER TO HYDRATE BEFORE THE HIKE AND BRING PLENTY OF WATER, snacks and other essential items you may need.
You may also want to consider bringing a hat, first aid kit, walking stick(s), field guides, binoculars, and a camera.
Dogs: Always Welcome (A Leash Is Recommended)
Note: Please add a comment if you do plan to bring along your pooch OR if you are ALLERGIC so that everyone is made aware in advance and can plan accordingly.
Arrival and Start Times: Please meet us at the Scheduled Starting Time for meet and greet introductions, hike overview and then PROMPT departure 15 Minutes After The Start Time.
Facilities: There Are No Bathrooms or Water Facilities (Please Plan Accordingly)
NOTICE: By attending an event you are agreeing that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while hiking with us.
As always, I want to make it clear that I do plan to lead my hikes always observing Safety First...but also with the intention that these hikes should be fun, enjoyable, relaxing and non-stressful social meetups...with a bit of a work out too.
Let's Take A Hike! I Look Forward to Seeing You There! ;)