Indian Steps

State College, Pennsylvania

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The major highlight of this hike is the mystery of a series of large stone steps erected on the side of a steep mountain. The hike begins with a gradual ascent to the summit, where the clearings above talus slopes provide sweeping panoramic vistas. Once on top of the mountain, the trail connects with a popular backpacking trail and skirts the ridge flank. Your descent includes the mysterious Indian Steps. The highlight of this hike is undoubtedly the mystery of the Indian Steps. Someone, no one knows just who for sure, built these steps using enormous flat rocks found alongside the trail. One theory holds that Native Americans, probably the Kishacoquillas, built the steps. Dissenters argue that most Native American trails were chosen because they were the easiest routes, and these steps are not the easiest way to cross this mountain.
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Hiking Pennsylvania

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

The major highlight of this hike is the mystery of a series of large stone steps erected on the side of a steep mountain. The hike begins with a gradual ascent to the summit, where the clearings above talus slopes provide sweeping panoramic vistas. Once on top of the mountain, the trail connects with a popular backpacking trail and skirts the ridge flank. Your descent includes the mysterious Indian Steps.

The highlight of this hike is undoubtedly the mystery of the Indian Steps. Someone, no one knows just who for sure, built these steps using enormous flat rocks found alongside the trail. One theory holds that Native Americans, probably the Kishacoquillas, built the steps. Dissenters argue that most Native American trails were chosen because they were the easiest routes, and these steps are not the easiest way to cross this mountain.

© 2015 John L. Young/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: State College
Distance: 4.1
Elevation Gain: 1,480 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Rothrock State Forest, 181 Rothrock Ln., Huntingdon 16652; (814) 643- 2340; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/stateforests/rothrock/index.htm
Local Maps: USGS Pine Grove Mills, PA
Driving Directions: Directions to Indian Steps

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