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, February 2, 2017

Thursday Mar 2, 2017 - Green Lane

KAY & KATHY will lead a 4 to 5 mile hike at the Green Lane Reservoir. Come prepared to trek thru one of the most scenic areas of the Park. Hike the forested blue trail with a few moderate hills, cross many rivulets and roam the 1/4 mile fishing pier. If previous heavy rains, be prepared for muddy trails. Always dress appropriately for weather conditions.

MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ Weis Market in Oley on Rt. 73 to carpool to Green Lane.

TELEPHONE: Leaders Kathy 610-603-9461 or Kay 610-796-7602 with questions.

Thursday Feb 23, 2017 - French Creek

HERB has mapped a 5-6 mile moderate circle hike on the Horse-Shoe trail and back - country roads at French Creek S. P. We will visit the fire tower and stop for a break at the pavilion. If the maple syrup should be running we will see the sap collection process and try to visit the “Sugar Shack”. There will be some hills and moderately rocky areas.

MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ Scott's Run parking lot beside the lake.

TELEPHONE: Leader Herb cell 484-252-9493 with questions.

Thursday Feb 16, 2017 - Schuylkill River Trail

KAY will lead a moderate hike upstream on the Schuylkill River Trail from Gibraltar to the Goggle Works for a distance of 6 miles. Feel free to visit the Goggle Works Center for the Arts, after the hike. They will be exhibiting "Building Better Berks: Art Architecture".

MEET: 9:30 A.M. @ Goggle Works for a shuttle to the start of the hike in Gibraltar.

TELEPHONE: Leader Kay 610-796-7602 with questions.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Thursday Feb 9, 2017 - Blue Marsh

KAY will lead a Blue Marsh Lake Hike of ~ 6 miles. We will begin at Spring Creek and hike Multi-use Trail to Peacock Road. It will be an in/out hike. A few ups and downs. Hike as far as you wish and turn around or go all the way to Peacock Road. Approximately 6 miles. Hike will cross Spring Creek and follow lake shore for awhile. Dress appropriately for the weather. Trail may become muddy if mild and rainy.

MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ Spring Creek Parking Lot off Brownsville Road. Approximate GPS address: 1183 Brownsville Road, Wernersville PA

TELEPHONE: Leader Kay 610-796-7602 with questions.

Thursday Feb 2, 2017 - Schuylkill River Trail

LES will lead a 5+ mile hike consisting of 2 out and back hikes. These will be primarily on the Schuylkill River Trail, both from the Angstadt Road trailhead. The first section heads towards Gibraltar, but soon after crossing Route 724 we turn up the hill into land newly managed by French Creek State Park. After a quarter mile trek up to the power line, possibly a third of the way up the hill, we walk across the hill, then down to the Killian Rd trailhead, and returning on the Schuylkill River trail. The second loop proceeds towards Reading to investigate the remnants and location of South 9th St where it once crossed the Schuylkill River and entered Cumru Township.

MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ Angstadt Rd trailhead off Route 724.

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

Thursday Jan 26, 2017 - Shartlesville

ANN will lead a ~ 6 mile all road walk in Northern Berks County. This will be an in/out hike beginning at Blue Mt. Family Restaurant to Green Acres Golf Course and return. At times we will walk along the Northkill Creek while viewing the ice formations and/or possible snow coverings. You have the option of completing the hike entirely or turning back at anytime.

MEET: 12:00 Noon @ Blue Mt. Fam. Restaurant, west end of the parking lot.

TELEPHONE: Leader Ann 610-488-6378 with questions

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thursday Jan 19, 2017 - Birdsboro Watershed

Les will lead a close to 6 mile shuttle hike in the Birdsboro Watershed. We will access the watershed via the Horseshoe Trail, then use some of the more remote trails to proceed to the main reservoir. Expect a number of hills to climb to keep you warm. If trails are snowy or icy, the shuttle hike will be canceled and an alternate hike on the Schuylkill River Trail will be substituted.

MEET: 9:30 A.M. @ the Schuylkill River trail head in Monocacy. On Route 724, just east of Center Rd, take the first left turn, at approximately 1273 East Main St (at the former Tim's Ugly Mug, now the Fork & Ale). We will shuttle from here to the starting point.

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