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.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Saturday April 27, 2024 - Blue Marsh

Mileage - Up to 6 miles

North Lake loop, very hilly but we will start on the easy part. If you want you can do the beginning as a loop, for whatever length you want, 2, 3, 4 or 6 miles.

Meeting placed: 9:30 a.m. Old Church Road parking lot

Directions: Take Route 183 North. Pass the Blue Marsh Restaurant. In about 2.5 miles -Turn Left onto Old Church Road. Parking lot is on the left.

GPS: Blue Marsh Old Church Road Trailhead.

For more information and further directions, contact: C:484-557-7854

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Saturday April 20, 2024 - Most of the Neversink Loop

4-5 miles

Neversink North Trail to Witch’s Hat, down the Upper Glenn Trail to Klapperthal, South Trail to West Woodland Trail and back. Great views of the new growth and some breaks to be mindful and appreciate surroundings. There are hills, one steep going down, suggest using poles.

Meeting place: 9:30 a.m. at 10th and South playground.

Directions: From Mt. Penn, take Perkiomen Ave. to Spruce St. and turn left. At S. 10th turn left andproceed four blocks to playground. There are extra spaces close by in neighborhood. 

GPS: 10th & South Playground, Reading

For more information and further directions, contact: 610-505-9397

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Saturday April 13, 2024 - Blue Marsh / State Hill Boat Launch

5 moderate miles Additional mileage out-and-back to Boat Launch. Some hills and lake views.

Meeting place: 10:00 a.m. at Stilling Basin upper stone lot=

Directions: North on Rate 183, turn left at light (CVS) onto Leesport Rd. Turn right onto County Welfare Rd to Palisades. Turn left, then right to the Stilling Basin. 

GPS: Approx. 1280 Palisades Drive, Leesport

For more information and further directions, contact: 610-301-4342

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Saturday April 6 - Blue Marsh Skinner's Loop Trail

Approx 6-7 miules

From the parking lot we will walk about 1/2 mile to Skinners Loop. We will see the remains of a few houses that were there. Mostly level with a few small hills. Bring a chair and lunch for a picnic afterwards.

Meeting Place:  9:30 a.m. at Old Church Road parking lot off 183

Directions: From south Reading take 422W to 222N to Rte 183N. Travel approx. 5 miles to Old Church Rd and turn left. Parking lot on your left. 

GPS: Blue Marsh Old Church Rd parking lot

For more information and further directrions, contact: 484-797-3357

Monday, February 19, 2024

Saturday March 30, 2024 - Leesport Area Hike - Beagle Road Area

 Approx 5 miles

Some major hills. Hike will be on roads that are unpaved and paved. Steady rain or snow cancels. Lunch afterward to be determined. This hike is not for those who don’t like hills.

Meeting place: 9:30 a.m. at Redner’s in Leesport, then drive 1 mile to hike location. 

Directions: From Reading, go north on Rte 61 to Leesport

GPS: 5471 Pottsville Pike, Leesport

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

Monday, February 12, 2024

Saturday March 23, 2024 - Blue Marsh

 Easy to Moderate 4 miles

We will hike the Dog Lake and Switchback Trails.

Meeting place: 9:30 a.m. at Stilling Basin - Upper lot near the basin

Directions: From Route 183 north, turn left at the CVS onto W. Leesport Road. Turn right onto County Welfare Road. At stop sign, turn left onto Palisades Road, then right into the Stilling Basin 

For more information or further directions, contact: Cell: 484-557-7854

Friday, February 9, 2024

Saturday March 16, 2024 - Monacacy Hill Recreational Area

 5 moderately difficult miles (easier alternative)

Join our group as we hike once again through some of the well-marked trails of Monocacy Hill’s 428 acres. We will go down to the creek with the charming waterfall and up to the peak with beautiful views of the valley. We may also go by landmarks like the never-used railroad trestle and the homestead site of Sallie Shirey. Hiking boots/poles are recommended as the climb is a bit rocky. For those who don’t wish to climb to the peak, an alternative path that meets up on the other side is a possibility. Lunch at Vincenzo’s afterward, 1333 Old Swede Rd, Douglassville, 610-689-8000,

Meeting place: 9:30 a.m. in Geiger Rd parking lot. Parking in lot is limited – if parking on the road, park on the side next to the recreation area, NOT across the street at residents’ houses.

Directions: From 422 coming from Reading use the jughandle to turn left onto Limekiln Rd. Turn right onto Monocacy Hill Rd, right again onto Geiger Rd and right into the parking lot.

GPS:42GeigerRd,DouglassvillePA19518 [40.280955,-75.754068] 

For more information and further directions, contact: 610-468-5039