Indian Steps Trail

Rothrock State Forest, Pennsylvania 16619

Elevation Gain592ft
Trailhead Elevation1,473ft
Elevation Min/Max1473/2054ft
Elevation Start/End1473/1473ft

Indian Steps Trail

Indian Steps Trail is a hiking trail in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. It is within Rothrock State Forest. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 1,473 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 592 feet. This trail connects with the following: Crownover Trail.

Indian Steps Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Rothrock State Forest
Nearby City
Rothrock State Forest
Rothrock State Forest, 181 Rothrock Ln., Huntingdon 16652; (814) 643- 2340;
Local Contacts
USGS Pine Grove Mills, PA
Local Maps