Summary: This is a very strenuous hike. It is equivelant to a 1 hour stair master workout. There are plenty of places to rest though and look at the great views that this hike has to offer.
This is also a geocacher friendly hike.
Trailhead: Parking for this hike will be in a wide area along RT22 approx. 1.3 miles west of Mount Union, PA. The trail head will be at the eastern most part of the parking area. There is a sign that will say "Thousand Steps" trail. (Lat:40.39132 Lon:-77.91311)
Trail Guides for Thousand Steps:
Best Seasons: Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Game Commission (State Game Lands #71)
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Ben Brinton, who has posted 1 other hike on this site
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Reviewed by Ryan on 1/15/2010
i liked this place you could see over the whole area it was amazing i stood on the edge and took a picture and when someone sees it i always tell them to go and check it out its a good spot to go sit and think of things or just to hike
Reviewed by D. Dillon on 10/27/2009
This is popular to run as well. You can post your time from the sign to the old office bldg up top in the comments section of this blog to see how you compare against others. http://appalachian-athlete.blogspot.com/2009/07/challenge-1-run-thousand-steps.html
Reviewed by Kandis on 11/13/2008
Been on this tons & tons of times since I was a teen.Different/fascinating each time.Love setting up camp under the stars listening to nothing but nature it it's truest sense.There's nothing as phenomenal as waking up sprinkled in dew being on top of the world watching the sunrise,taking deep lung stinging breaths to make you really glad to be alive! Perfect place/experience to keep rejuvenating, regrouping your thoughts and finding yourself each time. >^.^<
Reviewed by Rhonda on 7/21/2008
At the half-way point I was wondering why I attempted this hike, but the view was breathtaking. I felt quite the sense of accomplishment upon completion and look forward to my next trip. It was hard for me to believe that my sons actually RUN the Thousand steps not once, but twice as part of their high school soccer pre-season!
Reviewed by John on 3/19/2008
A VERY nice hike, would definitely do it again! Did it the first weekend March 2008. Recommend start at Link Trail behind Motel 22, ~1 mile west of the 1K-Steps trailhead (orange blazes), as trail along road is surprisingly nice w/many good views. Found steps climb as described: a well-worth it workout. On ascent, steps were increasingly covered with snow and ice, particularly on shaded portions (descent was tricky). Followed Link Trail all the way up mountain to com towers at top. Some amazing views on way there, particularly Clark's View. Also, snow got progressively deeper on ascent, close to a foot deep on slopes near the top - many animal tracks. Overall: awesome hike! Can send photos: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reviewed by Sara on 11/17/2007
Sara, living in State College, recommends this as one of the areas best hikes for the view of the river, the history.....oh, and she saw a porcupine there...she loves them porcupines.
Reviewed by Blusk on 10/24/2007
Amazing view on top of the Old Stone Building, great Hike
Reviewed by Shen on 10/1/2007
This is very scenic, but eqalally challenge hike. It has Some of the most amazing views I have found anywhere in Pa! A few things no one has mentioned yet. Keep an eye open for fossils on the steps. It is wild to consider that the rocks at the top of this mountain were once underwater! After climbing 1100 feet to the top, I would reccomend exploring a bit before the descent. This give your legs some time to recuperate, and some of the most thrilling views I have found are a bit of the trail. Finnally be on the lookout for snakes! I have spotted a few, including rattles, son bathing on the rocks. here are some pics from the hike: http://galleries.nmax.net/v/shen/Parks_trails/1ksteps
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