H3 Challenge Hike: The Chronicles of Neversink Mountain Preserve: +12 Miles

  • March 8, 2014 · 9:45 AM
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*** 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.

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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)

Blue Loop: 

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

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Orange Loop: 

Follows Neversink North Trail to the Upper Glen Trail, Neversink South Trail, and West Valley Trail. 

Rating: Long, Moderate. Trail Length: 4.5 Miles. 

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Purple Loop: 

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.

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Green Loop: 

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.

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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)

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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! ;)


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  • Jason-Michael

    Paul, this was a really great hike! Even though we didn't do the mileage you PROMISED us, it was still really fun. It sucks that there was as much snow on the trails, but it did make for some really fun sliding down the hills. Lyz and Ric, it was really great to see you two and the hell hound again! John, thanks for sweeping the group along.

    Irene and Careyann, thanks for the laughs at the restaurant. I think we were probably the loudest part of the group and we get into some really INTERESTING conversation. It really makes the hike worthwhile!

    As I was viewing the photos, I couldn't help noticing how awesome some of them were. Great job, folks!

    Also, Paul, you really have to keep a handle on your (hiking) pole. Diana and I were talking and your pole has been the source of some (unwanted) issues. You might want to seek some kind of counseling for that. LOL!!

    2 · March 20, 2014

    • Paul

      Hey Jason, First of all, it's my hiking stick...not pole. And secondly, I think I have a perfectly healthy relationship with my stick. ;)

      2 · March 20, 2014

    • Paul

      It was great seeing you...I'm glad you could join us. Sorry about coming up short on mileage...believe me...I was just as bummed. I really didn't expect that much snow to be there...it really slowed us down and cut our distance. Hope you'll join us again now that all the snow is gone. I guarantee you won't be disappointed next time.

      1 · March 20, 2014

  • Jason-Michael

    Sorry for the late editions of photos, folks! I finally got around to uploading the pictures from my camera and going through over 150 e-mails that I needed to catch up on. Enjoy!

    1 · March 20, 2014

  • Lynda S

    I had told a few people that I would post my Kili blog on here ... So here it is!
    http://lyndahikingkili.blogspot.com/

    1 · March 10, 2014

    • Lynda S

      Thanks Cyril, and NOOOOO Paul!

      1 · March 15, 2014

    • Sandra

      Ohhhh Linda!! What a great story!! N no you haven't met me yet...I was sick of the snow...n cancelled this hike before we even made it to weekend. But I think reading this might be why I signed up after all ;). Africa has been on my wish list...n ps everyone in Nepal says Everest isn't such a nice hike..no real views..;) but annapurna..n jomson..well I know u would love them. Thanks for sharing n I look forward to meeting you. ;) , I'll be the one not running up mountains just yet...I've gotten to used to flat nj ;) since returning home.

      1 · March 15, 2014

  • Lainy M.

    Great day... I missed hiking but I missed my H3 peeps even more. Thanks, Paul for another awesome workout!!! LB is officially out of hibernation :)

    7 · March 8, 2014

    • Amy

      I missed you too - so glad you came out!

      1 · March 9, 2014

    • Paul

      Yo LB, We most certainly missed you too. I'm so glad you emerged from hibernation and that you liked our hike. Thanks for joining us...hope to see you again soon.

      March 10, 2014

  • John M

    What a fantastic hike. Neversink Neverceases to be amazing. Warm temperatures, bright sunshine, beautiful scenery, and a super group of people were the the perfect ingredients for an awesome day of hiking. I can't wait to go back. Thanks Paul, for another wonderful day in the great outdoors.

    5 · March 8, 2014

    • Paul

      Hi John, I have to agree with all of the above. And thank you for joining us! We'll definitely be back there soon for more bush-wacky fun! See you soon!

      March 10, 2014

  • Amy

    Hiking, running, and butt-sliding in a beautiful place with beautiful people, on a beautiful day, followed by a hamburger. That's a good day. Yep. It sure is. Thanks everyone!

    6 · March 9, 2014

    • Paul

      Hey Trixie, The above sounds like a recipe for Awesome Sauce! And there's nothing like a good batch of Awesome Sauce! Thanks for joining us on such an AwesomeSauceSpicious Day! Say that 5 times fast! See you next time!

      1 · March 10, 2014

  • Lynda S

    Fabulous! I especially liked the no sled sledding! Whooooohooooo!

    5 · March 8, 2014

    • Paul

      Hi Lynda, Climbing Kilimanjaro one month...and butt sledding the next. What more can anyone ask for??? I'm glad you ventured out from that warm bed to join us. See you again soon! Whaaaahhooo!

      1 · March 10, 2014

  • Maureen H

    Great day with great people. So glad I came out. Thanks Paul and crew.

    5 · March 9, 2014

    • Paul

      Hey Mo, It was great seeing you out again...it's been a little while. I know, I know...you dont like the cold. I'm happy you had a good day. I hope you'll be out with us more often now that it's warming up again.

      March 10, 2014

  • ed

    Great hike, thanks Paul. Thanks everyone.

    2 · March 10, 2014

    • Paul

      Hi Ed, Or should I say Sexy Beast? I hope that beer tasted half as good as its name! I'm half tempted to make that your official H3 nick name...(jk) But seriously, I'm glad you enjoyed the hike. Hope you can join us again soon.

      1 · March 10, 2014

  • Paul

    Neversink is a truly fantastic hiking destination! I've been there twice now and I still haven't seen it all. The next time...after all the snow is FINALLY gone...I'm going to schedule an all day exploratory hike to cover every trail...nook...cranny.

    We had a nearly perfect day with the weather...bright, sunny and mild. And we had the best ever hiking group of 26 peeps!

    I was hoping for the trails to be a bit more de-snowified (see Amy for precise definition). ;) Once again, the snow slowed us down significantly, but at least half of the trails were clear so I'll take that. And on the other hand, without the snow...we wouldn't have had the opportunity to do the fun butt slide sledding down some steep hills... not once but twice!

    Hike Stats: We did approx 9 miles in 4.5 hours and hit an Elevation Gain of +2500 Feet.

    Thanks to Anthony for sweeping! Thanks to the 22 H3 peeps for joining us at the After-Party. And my thanks to everyone for joining our hike. Hope to see you all soon!

    3 · March 10, 2014

    • Amy

      Butt-sliding...hells yeah! And as for de-snowified: I really think this speaks for itself. It's conceptually much more robust than "melted". :)

      5 · March 10, 2014

    • Paul

      Stay tuned next year for our all butt sliding meet up events! Soon to be the next big Winter Olympic event along with Curling! ;)

      1 · March 10, 2014

  • Anthony

    Who da thunk , @ Neversunk!
    Paul, You da man, but these other people..?!...
    JK, JK, ya'll made a great day.... extraordinary!
    ; )

    2 · March 9, 2014

    • Paul

      Anthony, Thanks for joining us and for sweeping once again! You da man for doing that. Hope you'll be out to join us again soon!

      March 10, 2014

  • Diana

    FUN day! Great hike, hard core workout followed by fun company at Canal Pub! Another stellar day thanks to our awesome leader! :)

    5 · March 8, 2014

    • Careyann

      I second the awesome leader!

      2 · March 9, 2014

    • Paul

      Ladies, Thank you for the positive feedback! Hiking with such an awesome group of Peeps is one of the main ingredients for a fun hike! Thanks for being a part of that great group!

      1 · March 10, 2014

  • Ed

    Excellent hiking location and what a great day. Very nice meeting everyone. thanks again Paul.

    3 · March 9, 2014

    • Paul

      Hi Ed, I'm glad you liked Neversink! Thanks for joining us. See you again soon!

      1 · March 10, 2014

  • Careyann

    Such a great day!! Gorgeous weather, and amazing company! Thanks to Rick for finding my spike, Irene and Jason for the laughs, and special thanks to Tony for being the sweep!

    6 · March 8, 2014

    • Paul

      Hi Careyann, I'm glad you made it out for our hike and that you decided to hang in there with us. Great job! Hope to see you again soon!

      1 · March 10, 2014

  • larry

    Very interesting hike. Views, structure and snow slides. Thanks Paul.

    4 · March 8, 2014

    • Paul

      Hi Larry, It was great seeing you out with us. Thanks for coming...I hope to see you out again soon.

      1 · March 10, 2014

  • Paul

    Running a few minutes late

    March 8, 2014

  • larry

    Ryan 100 and 113

    March 8, 2014

  • larry

    Hi. I'm at Hampton Exton. North end of the lot.

    March 8, 2014

  • Lyz H.

    Bringing 1 hell hound.

    3 · March 7, 2014

    • Paul

      1 Hell hound...check ;)

      1 · March 7, 2014

    • Paul

      Glad you guys can make it.

      1 · March 7, 2014

  • Nilam

    If anyone wants to carpool, lemme know. Meet at the Wal-Mart on North Gulph Rd. in KOP, between 8:45-9AM.

    1 · March 4, 2014

    • Jason-Michael

      Sounds like a good time in that car!

      2 · March 7, 2014

    • Nilam

      Front parking lot. I have a red Subaru Forester.

      March 7, 2014

  • Sandra

    Looks amazing!! Think I need a bit more training for this one... But have fun!!

    1 · March 7, 2014

  • Jason-Michael

    Looking forward to it!

    1 · March 7, 2014

    • Paul

      Hi Jason, Glad you can join us...see you there.

      1 · March 7, 2014

  • Hua D.

    Sorry guys, I am crazy about camp, and there was a option opened. Have FUN for the hike, and I will see you all next time.

    1 · March 7, 2014

    • Paul

      Hi Hua Hua, Enjoy camping. Hope to see you another time.

      1 · March 7, 2014

  • Lainy M.

    I MISS YOU GUYS!! I'm trying to bail out on an event Saturday so I can join you on Saturday. I'll know by Wednesday. Hope to see you all soon :)

    3 · March 3, 2014

    • Lainy M.

      Trixie, do you want to carpool? Not sure I can stay for the after party. Let me know.

      March 6, 2014

    • Amy

      Hey, hey LB! So glad you are going to come!! I'm actually closer to Neversink than KoP, and I've got a ride. But I will see you there sistah!

      1 · March 7, 2014

  • Paul

    Lucy! We got some 'splorin to do! This is gonna be a good one! Whaahoooo! ;)

    1 · March 6, 2014

    • Paul

      Hi All, If you think you might be joining the after-party please update the RSVP so I can get an estimate to call ahead for a resy. Of course this Meetup is totally optional and you can bail on it anytime.

      March 6, 2014

  • Anthony

    Alright 9 am then

    March 6, 2014

  • larry

    I'll be stopping by the Hampton in Exton to drive or ride. See ya there. Let's see...there's only one, right?

    March 5, 2014

    • Wendy

      Meet at 9am

      March 5, 2014

    • Nilam

      @ Lynda - Sure .

      March 5, 2014

  • Irene

    we'll be driving from Delaware (Middletown/Bear/Newark area).. am i the only grp member out here? lol..
    so can pick someone up along the way if someone wants to carpool from along my route..

    March 5, 2014

  • Paul

    Hi All, I have no idea what the trail conditions will be like on Saturday. There's a good chance there may be some icy trails so I strongly suggest bringing MicroSpikes or YakTrax with you. The great news is it looks like it may be sunny and in the 50's. I like it! Hope to see everyone there! Whaahooo! ;)

    1 · March 5, 2014

  • Wendy

    Anyone interested in carpooling, meet at Hampton Inn Downingtown/Exton, North Pottstown Pike, Exton, PA at 9:00. Room for 5!

    March 4, 2014

    • Wendy

      *** I will be staying for dinner.

      March 4, 2014

  • Anthony

    Hey Paul or any others members,
    I would like to do this hike but would like to carpool, I will drive or ride along, it's just not environmentally conscious for everyone to drive so many vehicles to the same destination. I am coming from Levittown via the T.P.

    March 4, 2014

  • Paul

    Please note the different starting point...The Canal Street Pub Parking Lot.

    March 3, 2014

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