The BERKS COUNTY WANDERERS are part of the Berks County Comunity Hiking Club. Their walks and hikes are held primarily on Thursday mornings. Further information about either hiking group is available from Al Napolentano at 610-929-9694 or avnapo@msn.com. Pets are not allowed on these hikes. To see photos from preveous hikes go to: http://wandererspics.blogspot.com

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thursday Oct 27, 2016 - Rausch Gap/Gold Mine Road

GROVER will lead a shuttle hike of 7 to 8 miles encompassing a section of the Appalachian Trail in the Rausch Gap and a Rail-to-Trail section leading to Gold Mine Road. The first three miles will be a strenuous uphill climb and then moderate after that. Carry a lunch or snack and water to enjoy while resting at Rausch Creek. We can opt for early supper afterwards.

MEET: 9:00 A.M. @ Church Rd. parking lot of Blue Marsh off Route 183.

TELEPHONE: Leader Grover cell# 860-861-5681 with any questions.

Thursday Oct 20, 2016 - French Creek/Six Penny

HERB has planned a 5-6 mile circular walk in the French Creek Six Penny area. We will access the park from a little used parking lot, make several easy small stream crossings and explore this once thriving, but now abandoned site. Some may have good memories of picnicking and swimming here years ago! Optional lunch later.

MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ the parking lot by the entrance to Scott's Run Lake to carpool.

TELEPHONE: Leader Herb 610-286-6886 with any questions.

Thursday Oct 13, 2016 - District Township

LES will lead a 6+ mile road hike in District Township. In July we began at the District Township park and looped to Hill Church and back. This time we begin at the same location but go in the opposite direction looping to Landis Store before returning. We will have more open roads on this hike and more views of rural countryside. There will be hills. It could be quite picturesque at this time of year.

1st MEET: 9:30 A.M. @ Weis Markets, Route 73 and Friedensberg Rd in Oley. There will be about a 10 mile drive to the starting point
2nd MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ District Township Park at Landis Store and Weil Roads (184 Weil Rd, Boyertown).

TELEPHONE: Leader Les 610-323-1703 with any questions.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Thursday Oct 6, 2016 - Phoebe Wernersville

ANNELIES & RUDY will lead a 4 mile hike and more at Phoebe. It is a real nice trail, hills, woods ,along a creek on our way to visit the Jesuit center. They have a lovely piece of land there, visit the chapel etc., then we'll take another return hike back to Phoebe.

MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ the main entrance at Phoebe , about 2 miles from Sinking Spring on 422W on the right side of the road. Big sign for Phoebe, go in straight under bridge, parking all around for visitors. PEACE !

TELEPHONE: Leaders Annelies and Rudy 610-207-2026 with any questions.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Thursday Sep 29, 2016 - Swatara Creek

DAVID will lead us on another Schuylkill County hike along the Swatara Creek starting at the Trout Run Trailhead. We will be on mostly paved walking paths viewing Rte. 72 and meadows. Then, walk on to old rte. 443 which borders Swatara Creek and continue to the Waterville Bridge, crossing it and onto Old State Rd. We will view several locks of the Union Canal. Return over the Bridge and follow a different route back to our starting point. This is a moderate hike of questionable miles. Lunch at Midway
Diner after the hike is an option on the way home.

MEET: 9:00 A.M. @ Blue Marsh Church Rd. parking lot off Rte. 183.

DIRECTIONS: Go North on Rte. 183 to West on I78 to Rte.72 exit go North on 72 when passing under Rte 81 look for sign on right side of road shortly after which reads Trout Run Parking Area.

TELEPHONE: Leader Dave cell# 570-640-0550 with questions.

Thursday Sep 22, 2016 - Roaring Creek

LES will lead a hike of close to 9.5 miles at Roaring Creek. This is a watershed north of Centralia along Route 42. Three reservoirs adjoin an 8 mile trail that runs from Route 42 to Route 54. We hiked this trail last fall, coming out the same way we went in. This year we take a side trail and circle the middle 1+ mile long reservoir. This year's route adds a scenic walk through high spruce trees along the reservoir. Only a few modest hills on this hike.

For those desiring to see this beautiful location but preferring a shorter hike, several alternatives exist. A round trip hike to the near end of the scenic middle reservoir is less than 4.5 miles. A round trip hike to the far end of the middle reservoir is about 7 miles. Picnic tables are found along the main trail and at the reservoir where rests can be taken.

Inclement weather will cause this hike to be deferred, and a hike at Blue Marsh will be substituted.
MEET: 8:30 AM @ Church Road parking lot off Route 183. From here there will be a drive of about 1 hour 15 minutes to reach the starting point.

TELEPHONE: Leader Les 610-323-1703 with questions

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Thursday Sep 15, 2016 - French Creek

Hike Cancelled on Lebanon Rail Trail.

ELLEN will lead a hike in French Creek State Park on the Turtle Trail. This 3.5 to 4 mile hike involves some hills and rocks. Recommend good hiking boots and poles, carry water.

1st MEET: 9:30 A.M. @ Parking lot across from Turkey Hill off Rte.724 in Gibraltar.
2nd MEET: 9:45 A.M. @ Fire Tower parking lot of French Creek State Park.

TELEPHONE: Leader Ellen 610-301-7271 with any questions.