Mid State Trail (MST)
ElevationAscent: 45,161' 13,765 m
Descent: -44,599' -13,594 m
High: 2,717' 828 m
Low: 530' 162 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“Pennsylvania's longest and wildest footpath: if you take this one alone, you'll likely meet more bears than people.”— Peter Fleszar
- MST - Section 1
- MST - Section 2
- MST - Section 3
- MST - Section 4
- MST - Section 5
- MST - Section 6
- MST - Section 7
- MST - Section 8
- MST - Section 9
- MST - Section 10
- MST - Section 11
- MST - Section 12
- MST - Section 13
- MST - Section 14
- MST - Section 15
- MST - Section 16
- MST - Section 17
- MST - Section 18
- MST - Section 19
- MST - Section 20
Sections 2, 3, and 7 are especially rocky, to the point of knife-edge scrambling. Guide, map, and resupply information is linked from the MST Association.
Beautiful views and amazing natural features mark State College Region, where MST began in 1969 as a project of the Penn State Outing Club, extending from Water Street through the "Seven Mountains" of Rothrock and Bald Eagle State Forests to R.B. Winter State Park.
Straddling both of Pennsylvania's mountain zones, the Tiltrock Country and the Alleghenies, the Woolrich Region continues MST's dramatic views, climbing its highest relief at the Gates of Pine Creek within the Allegheny Front. Rocks in the footway gradually get smaller and smaller traveling north, making this Region popular among backpackers. The Woolrich Region extends from remote ridges and valleys, past its eponymous historic mill village and outlet store, over the Allegheny Front to the mouth of Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon.
Entering Pennsylvania's Northern Tier, shaped by massive continental glaciers, the Tioga Region continues the challenging backcountry running experience of the MST through deeply-wooded high plateau, and really rural, low hills. The views continue and the terrain becomes ever more varied, offering pleasant natural and cultural discoveries around each bend and over every knob.
Check for updates by section at the MST Association Website.
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