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2014-04-19  
Neversink Mountain, PA
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Neversink Mountain, PA 
Neversink Mountain, PA
 
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2014
Nightstalker
Hiking7.20 Miles 953 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   2.68 mph
953 ft AEG      24 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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In town for a family visit, I headed out to explore the trail system of Neversink Mountain. Bounded by the City of Reading on the north and the Schuylkill River on the south. We followed [mostly] the Neversink South/North loop clockwise from the Klappenthal Trailhead behind Forest Hills Cemetery. The trailhead affords parking for about 6-8 cars. Very important, GO NORTH from the trailhead to the Klappenthal Tresle ruins. This is where you pick up the orange blazes of the Neversink trail. Turn west and begin the long steady ascent along the former gravity railroad grade. Following the grade you will see the remains of concrete footings and evidence of the sidings used to allow railcars to pass as the same track was used in both directions.

When you reach the intersection of the blue trail blazes, be sure to turn to the south to follow the orange blazes. This is not readily apparent as it appears that the main trail continues straight. Continuing straight, as I did on this trip, dumps you into a homeowner's backyard, the excessive signage stating private property and no trespassing gets the point across. Luckily, there is a fairly well used social trail that leads down the side of the mountain and reconnects to the Orange trail. An interpretive exhibit along this portion of the trail recounts the a brief history of the Highland House Hotel built near the top of the mountain and connected to the city below via an impressive inclined cable railway.

Continuing on, the trail comes out on the paved Neversink Road. At the second switchback, you will find an unmarked trail that follows the power lines up to the Witches Hat Pavilion. Built in 1892, this location affords excellent views of the city below and the Pagoda and Fire Tower on Mount Penn to the north.

Return to the paved road and continue to follow the orange blazes down the east side of the mountain to the cement pond. The cement pond was once part of the Centennial Springs Hotel, which after financial failure in 1910, was taken over by the County of Berks and then converted into a tuberculosis sanatorium. A short walk south from this point returns you to the Klappenthal trailhead.

It's a great hike on a mountain full of history. At it's height of activity, late 1800's - early 1900's, the mountain hosted four hotels and two railroads for the eager residents of Reading looking for adventure.

References:
http://goreadingberks.com/articles/arti ... rticleID=3
http://www2.readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=140587
http://www2.readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=252965
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