General Club Facts:

Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Membership in the BCHC is $5.00 per person per year in order to receive the quarterly newsletter. Further information on membership can be obtained when attending a scheduled hike. Other subgroups within the BCHC are the "Thursday Wanderers." Most hikes are followed by a dinner stop. We call ourselves "The Eating Club with a Hiking Disorder"! ****Hiking and Trail Guidelines: ** Be courteous & stay behind the leader unless directed otherwise.** Offer $.10/mile to driver when carpooling. * *In the event of inclement weather, the hike may be canceled.** Please leave your pets at home.**If unable to keep a club commitment, please find a replacement. * Wear blaze orange during hunting season (Sept 1 to last day of Feb). * Appropriate footwear and attire should match the type of hike.** If you leave the hike early, notify the hike leader or ask someone to do that for you.** Bring water and food as the hike description and weather demand.* * Hiking involves risk. Come out prepared and know your capabilities. Each hiker is responsible for their own safety and well-being.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Saturday February 9, 2019 - Skinner's Loop at Blue Marsh Lake

5-6 moderate miles

This year we will hike Skinners Loop and not what I previously thought was Skinners Loop! Since this is winter, be prepared for seasonal weather. If there is snow on the ground we may need to make alternate plans; however, we will have the same meeting place.

Meeting place: 9:30 am, Old Church Rd parking lot where we will carpool to a closer lot. 
Directions: Left from 183 North (Bernville Rd) approx. 6 miles from 222. NOTE: Snow, rain or extreme cold cancels the hike

For more information or further directions, contact: 717-376-5289

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Saturday February 2, 2019 - Sheerlund Forest Trail Hike

5 moderate miles

Leader hopes to have snow to make the hike bright! We will hike to Sheerlund Forest and back on trails, roads and sidewalks. There will be a few inclines that are not too bad. Lunch later of course!

Meeting place: 9:30 am, Brentwood trailhead parking lot, Rt. 10, Morgantown Road 
NOTE: Steady rain or snow cancels the hike

for more information or further directions, contact: 610-750-4097

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Saturday January 26, 2019 - Perkiomen Trail - Graterford Trailhead

6-8 moderate milesWe will hike from the Graterford Trailhead and do an “in and out” hike from that location. Celebrate co-leader Karen’s 60th birthday afterwards at a restaurant or diner in the Collegeville area! You can watch Karen order her “senior meal”! Should be minimal hills, mostly flat trail. Winter conditions and weather may alter this hike. Dress warm, bring a snack. Lunch will be our reward once we reach the end of our hike.

Meeting place: 9:00 am, Boscov’s East (east end of lot), Business Rt. 422 East, Exeter Twp; Hike will start from the Graterford Trailhead off Rt. 29 near Collegeville around 10:00 am

for more information and further directions, contact: 610-823-9023 or 610-909-5018

Monday, December 17, 2018

Saturday January 19, 2019 - Nolde Forest Winter Hike

approx. 5 difficult miles

Follow leader on this winter hike through the beautiful, manmade Nolde Forest. Expect some hills and maybe some snow.

Meeting place: 9:30 am, Sawmill parking lot

Directions: Off of Rt. 625, 2 miles south of Rt. 724 GPS: 2910 New Holland Road, Shillington

For more information or further directions, contact: 484-824-2740

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Saturday January 12, 2019 - Winter Walk Along the Tully

4 easy miles

Once again join your hiking friends in a winter walk along the Tulpehocken from the Berks Leisure area, passing Grings Mill, on to the Red Bridge area. Sip a cup of hot chocolate before heading back. Extreme weather and/or adverse trail conditions will cancel this hike.

Meeting place: 10:00 am, Berks Leisure parking lot

DIRECTIONS: Berkshire Blvd past Fox Theater, at stop sign turn right onto Tulpehocken Rd, then left into the parking lot, just past Country Meadows 

GPS: 1901 Tulpehocken Road, Wyomissing

For more information and further directions, contact: 610-301-7271

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Saturday January 5, 2019 - Lehartsville Loop

approx. 5 easy miles

Join our “traditional” January hike along the Maiden Creek and country roads in the hills near Lenhartsville. This is an easy road hike with some nice views of the Maiden Creek and the hill country south of town. We will pass the remains of the 19th century Maiden Creek Iron Furnace as well. Lunch afterwards at C.J. Hummel’s restaurant.

Meeting place: 10:00 am, at the rear of the side parking lot of C.J. Hummel’s Restaurant, Rt. 143 in downtown Lenhartsville. 
GPS: 28 Willow Street 

For more information or further directions, contact:  610-921-3252 or 610-451-5380 on the day of the hike

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Tuesday January 1, 2019 - Polar Bear Dip Hike without the Dip

4–5 moderate miles

Although this annual dip has been moved to another location, we will keep the tradition alive by leading the hike to the Myerstown Quarry, where we will probably see many others who did not know that the Polar Bear Dip is being held somewhere else. This will be a loop hike. We will return along country roads and go to Dutchway for the pork and sauerkraut buffet. Bundle in layers, it’s usually cold.

Meeting place: 10:45 am, Christ Lutheran Church, Stouchsburg

Directions: Go West on 422 past Womelsdorf, past the town of Stouchsburg on your left. The church sets back off 422W on the left, before the Blue Spruce Orchard on the right

GPS: 27 Longs Church Lane, Womelsdorf

For more information or further directions, contact: 610-678-5245