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Thousand Steps Trail

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This historic trail, built of over a thousand stone steps, was the route miners took on their daily commute to work.


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0.5

Miles

0.8

KM

34%

Runnable

1,362' 415 m

High

595' 181 m

Low

767' 234 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

29%

Avg Grade (16°)

53%

Max Grade (28°)

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Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

Description

Parking, as well as the trailhead, are on the side of US 22. Care must be taken, due to the fact that the trailhead is to the east of the parking area, and running near the road for a short distance is required.

At the trailhead, signs describe the rules, trail, and history of the trail. According to the display, the steps were built in the 1930's for miners as they made their way to the Ledge Quarry, a sandstone mine.

The steps start almost immediately and lead up the mountain. The trail is a tough 0.5 miles, but pull-offs are present for the occasional break. The steps are numbered every 100 so progress can be measured; each 100 is a worthy accomplishment! The usual fauna and flora of the area surround the trail, and it is a very enjoyable experience (one may not think so on the way up, but look around on the return trip!).

Once the top step is achieved (step 1037 to be exact), a well-deserved rest is in order. If the quaking legs allow, a right (south) at the top of the steps is the Mount Union View Trail, and a left is the Standing Stone Trail-State Game Land 112 Segment. Return to the parking area on the same trail. Be careful on the way down; the steps are often slippery in the winter as they may be snow and ice covered.

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Land Manager: PA Game Commisson

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Cascade Mts

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Stone steps leading up mountain.
Jan 21, 2018 near Mount U…, PA
Look mama, no rails on stairs!
Jan 23, 2018 near Mount U…, PA
Step 1000.
Jan 23, 2018 near Mount U…, PA
Count the steps.
Jan 23, 2018 near Mount U…, PA
The 1000 (Thousand) Steps trailhead.
Jan 23, 2018 near Mount U…, PA

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