General Club Facts:

Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Membership in the BCHC is $10.00 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.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Saturday June 27, 2020 - Historic Charles Evans Cemetery Hike

5+ miles, gradual hills

Mark McLaughlin, cemetery arborist, will hike with us, point out and identify some of the many special trees that he cares for. When he is done, we will take a 2.7 mile stroll around the perimeter with options to see famous statues such as Charles Evans, founder, the William DeBorbon Memorial, which is similar to the larger Witches Hat on Neversink Mountain, Hillside Mausoleum, views of the Fire Tower and many other views of Reading if we are blessed with clear weather.

Meeting place: 9:30 am, Charles Evans, 1119 Centre Ave, inside the stone entrance 

NOTE: Park along/on the side of the circle driveway. There may be a volunteer hiker wearing an orange vest guiding you – tips accepted.

PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED; CHECK MEMBERS EMAILS FOR HIKE UPDATES.
CONTACT LEADER BY 8:00pm FRIDAY IF PLANNING TO HIKE

For more information further directions, contact leader: 484-797-4234 or “donnaschopsy@yahoo.com”

Monday, June 22, 2020

Saturday June 20, 2020 - Appalachian Trail Hike in Memory of Linda Witman

4 miles (2 miles in, 2 miles out)

Meeting place: 9:00am at Redner's , Route 61 North, Leesport

Trailhead start to be determined by leaders based on volume of hikers on trail.

GPS: 5471 Pottsville Pike

PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED; REFER TO MEMBER EMAILS FOR HIKE UPDATES.

To Preregister or for more information, contact leaders at: 484-252-9493 or 610-301-7271

Monday, June 15, 2020

Saturday June 13, 2020 - Robesonia Furnace Woods

4+ moderate to difficult miles

Hike with leader through the historic Robesonia Furnace Woods where in 1845 Henry Robeson transformed iron production by constructing an anthracite-coal furnace. This production continued until 1927 when Bethlehem Steel Corp bought Robesonia Furnace with the purpose of demolishing its competitor for iron ore. The hike will be on all types of terrain; poles are recommended. 

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY MEMBERS; REFER TO EMAILS FOR HIKE UPDATES. PHONE LEADER BY 9:00pm FRI JUN 12 IF PLANNING TO HIKE.

Meeting place: 9:30 am, Conrad Weiser Middle School, shuttle to trail head 1 mile away 

GPS: 347 Penn Avenue, Robesonia

Contact leader for preregistration or for more information: 610-507-5600

Monday, June 8, 2020

Saturday June 6, 2020 - Oley Road Hike

Approx. 6 moderate miles

This Oley Road Hike provides lots of scenery. We will see some historic mills and houses, including the Reiff homestead. There is a 1 mile plus hill to climb, but the reward will be the views as we descend.

PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED BY MEMBERS; REFER TO EMAILS FOR HIKE UPDATES.
CONTACT HIKE LEADER'S EMAIL BY FRIDAY JUNE 5 TO SIGNUP. 

Meeting place: 10:00 am, Weis Market, Rt. 73 and Friedensburg Road

GPS: 61 Kings Plaza, Oley

To contact leader for Preregistration or for more information contact: 610-323-1703 or les.rohrbach@comcast.net

Post hike: All hikers that attended had a lovely hike with good weather. Social distancing was practiced. A few hikers even went to Jen & Jessie's afterwards for an enjoyable lunch outside!

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Saturday May 30, 2020 - Norristown Farm Park

Approx. 5 miles

One of the most unique parks in the PA State Park System, Norristown Farm Park is a working farm in continuous use since Colonial times. We will see some of the 15 historic buildings, the earliest dated 1764, along with woods and fields, plus miles of trails with links to the Schuylkill River and Perkiomen trails. Lunch later at the Collegeville Diner. Check with the hike leaders if the weather looks iffy.

1st Meeting place: 9:00 am, Boscov’s East, Bus. Rt. 422 East, Exeter to carpool

2nd
 Meeting place and GPS: 10:00 am, Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Rd, Norristown. After entering park, follow Upper Farm Rd, pass Visitors Ctr, continue a short distance to lot #3 where rest rooms will be available. 

For more information and further directions, contact: 610-763-8376 or 610-796-7602

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Saturday May 23, 2020 - Appalachian Trail (South of PA Route 501)

6 to 8 mod miles

This will be an in and out hike starting at the parking lot off of Rt. 501. We will hike south on the AT and visit the Kimmel and Fisher Lookouts. We can go as far as we want, remembering we have to cover the same mileage to return to our cars. Let’s start our summer hiking by challenging our abilities on the AT. Bring water and snacks, wear appropriate hiking footwear and clothes – be prepared to have fun! Lunch afterwards is always optional.

Meeting place: 10:00 am, parking lot off Rt. 501. Heavy rain will cancel this hike. 

Directions: Head North on 183, west on I-78 to Bethel exit. Proceed North on Rt. 501 about 5mi to parking lot on right side near mountain top.

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

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Saturday May 16, 2020 - Evansburg State Park

5 to 6 moderate miles

Located in southcentral Montgomery County between Norristown and Collegeville, Evansburg State Park offers significant green space and has a variety of habitats including forests, meadows, old fields and farmland. Waterproof mud boots are recommended. Lunch later in Collegeville.

1st Meeting place: 9:00 am, Boscov’s East (east end of lot), Bus Rt. 422 East, Exeter Twp. 

2nd Meeting place: 9:48 am, Pavilion parking lot in Evansburg Park

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