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Nine Mile Neversink Loop

Easy/Intermediate
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A quick 9-mile loop starting and ending at the famed Canal Street Pub.


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9.1

Miles

14.6

KM

25%

Singletrack

845' 258 m

High

205' 63 m

Low

1,157' 353 m

Up

1,158' 353 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Head to the private land signs and you can ride here year round.

The majority of the trails here are managed by Berks Conservancy and are off limits to hunting. Many of the private land owners will hunt in season here.

Overview

Most of this loop is on doubletrack gravity rail trail that was used by travelers to access the grand hotels here during the 1900's. The views and mineral springs that surround Neversink Mountain are the reasons why it was a well known tourist destination. Check out the links in the "History & Background" for more info.

The singletrack is covered with loamy dirt and even has few technical rock sections. It's a real treat for the intermediate to advanced rider and a great place to build fitness. This featured ride does contain a fair amount of climbing.

Neversink Mountain drains well and after wet weather is one of the first places the locals will ride.

The first long climb on Neversink North Trail takes you to the Witches Hat. It's a fine place to catch your breath and/or snap a picture. The south side vista overlooking the Schuylkill River is also well worth the effort to get there.

There are more trails and old hotel remnants around the mountain. I believe this loop is the easiest to navigate and has a nice blend of beginner riding with a touch of intermediate descents and singletrack. It's the perfect post work & pre-dinner ride!

Need to Know

Canal Street Pub has one of the best beer selections in the area.

Description

Starting at Canal Street Pub, head out toward the back and take note that the same building houses Bill Khakis and the teafactory.
Bills Khakis: billskhakis.com/
Teafactory: teafactoryblog.com/

A short ride through city streets will take you up onto 9th street. While climbing 9th Street, just before the gate to enter onto the Neversink Trail system, have a look to the right for a nice view of the Schuylkill river. Also, look for the large red brick buildings. That will be Alvernia University's campus.

From Canal Street it's three miles to the Witches Hat. Most riders will need somewhere around 20 minutes to get up there. When the leaves are down you can get some great views of the city, including the famed Pagoda, while on the Neversink North Trail.

Berks Conservancy has put up several informational boards and around the mountain. They are worth the read. *Note - when riding this loop the very first information board is missing its info. The rest are intact.

Keep your speed in check on the rail bed downhills. The rocks are sharp and have a unique way of feeling more loose the faster you go.

All the bridges are rideable but require a steady and skilled hand to get the bars in and out without catching an end.

This ride starts and finishes in the city. The Canal Street Pub parking lot is pretty safe and well lit but use common sense: hide your valuables, lock your car, and lock your bike if you go into the restaurant. Canal Street Pub is very rider friendly. If they are not busy they'll let you bring your (non-muddy) bike inside. We usually park them in the game (pool table, darts, and board game) area.

As with any ride: be friendly, share the trail and pack out what you pack in.

Cheers!!

History & Background

Some good links that highlight Neversink Mountain history:
goreadingberks.com/articles…
berkshistory.org/photogalle…

Contacts

Shared By:

Stephan Kincaid

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Photos

The Witches Hat is all that remains from 166 room Neversink Hotel that opened in 1892.
Apr 10, 2014 near Mount Penn, PA
One of the many old cellars for storing provisions (including beer and wine) back in the day.
Apr 10, 2014 near Reading, PA
The quarry above this spot was once mined for earth/rock that was used for Crayola's Burnt Sienna crayon.
Apr 10, 2014 near Mount Penn, PA
South Side Lower lookout/vista. There is an upper and more impressive vista just above this one. It can be accessed via the White Trail or with a short but steep hike from this lower vista.
Apr 10, 2014 near Mount Penn, PA
Take a left at this Private Property sign to AVOID going onto private property. If you miss this sign you'll see an actual "STOP" sign and if you miss that one you'll ride onto a resident's lawn. There is a steep initial drop with a quick right barely visible in this pic.
Apr 10, 2014 near Reading, PA
Boardwalks going toward the Upper Glen trail
Apr 10, 2014 near Mount Penn, PA

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had a little trouble following the route.ended up following some of the hash marked trails and had some tricky downhills.good views.good beer after 9.1mi — 2h 45m