Hike Challenge 7: Lake Perez Loop @ Stone Valley Recreation Area

We hope you are all continuing to stay healthy and enjoying the amazing weather we have been having!  This week we are going to switch things up a bit and head out toward Shaver’s Creek and Stone Valley area to do the Lake Perez Loop.  This is a great loop hike that takes you around Lake Perez with lots of optional offshoot trails you can venture on if you are looking to add distance to your hike.  While Shaver’s Creek learning center and Stone Valley’s ropes course are closed, the hiking trails remain open for your enjoyment.  

Shaver’s Creek Parking area is open Monday through Friday from 10am until 5pm. Gates close promptly at 5pm so please take that into consideration when planning your parking. Restrooms are also open from M-F 10am-5pm.

Attached is the Stone Valley Trail map which includes the blaze colors for the trail.  The color of the trail on the map corresponds to the blaze color used along that trail.   The Lake Perez Loop is ORANGE.        

Week 7 Hike: Lake Perez Loop


Distance:  2.7 mile loop, 265 ft. elevation change   

Stone Valley Recreation Area Trail Map

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Hike Challenge 6: Woapalanne Path and Lakeside Loop @ Bald Eagle State Park

We hope you’ve been enjoying these weekly hike challenges with your families! This week we are heading over to Bald Eagle State Park to do the Woapalanne Path and Lakeside Loop!

Week 6 Hike:  Woapalanne Path and Lakeside Loop  https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/pennsylvania/woapalanne-path

Distance:  3.4 mile loop; 118 foot elevation change

Woapalanne Path and Lakeside Loop Trail Map

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Hike Challenge 5: Colyer Lake Loop

Time seems to be flying by too quickly! This week we are sending you a trail that loops around Colyer Lake. The lake is managed by the PA Fish and Boat Commission, so bring your fishing poles and a lunch!  

Week 5 Hike:  Colyer Lake Loop  


Distance:  2.7 mile loop; 134 foot elevation change

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Colyer Lake Loop Trail Map

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Hike Challenge 4: Shingle Mill Trail @ Black Moshannon State Park

This week we are heading to the Shingle Mill Trail which is located in Black Moshannon State Park.   The trail meanders along the Black Moshannon creek so you can enjoy hearing the water as you hike along.  There are some rocks and roots to be mindful of, but nothing too tricky.   The trail is narrow so single file hiking is best.  It is shaded and cool.  

Week 4 Hike:  Shingle Mill Trail  


Distance:  3.5 miles out and back; 144 foot elevation change.  This is another out and back hike so you can decide how long you wish to hike.  

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Shingle Mill Trail Map

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Hike Challenge 3: Mid-State Trail & Jo Hays Vista

It is week three of our summer trail adventure!  This week we are taking you to Jo Hays Vista located along the Mid-State Trail on your way to Camp Golden Pond at the top of Tussey Mountain in Rothrock State Park just off of Route 26 S.  There are stunning views of Happy Valley from the vista and an easy trail walk out and back to another overlook area where the power lines come up the mountain.  If you have already done this trail, then we encourage you to cross the road and do the Jackson Trail which also has an overlook.  Or really challenge yourself by continuing down the Mid-State Trail to Indian Steps!

Week 3 Hike:  Jo Hays Vista  


Distance:  2.6 miles out and back; 187 foot elevation change.  This is an out and back hike so you can choose how far you feel comfortable hiking.  The map attached shows you ending at Jo Hays Vista, however, we will be starting at Jo Hays Vista. This hike is part of the Mid-State Trail with several other trails branching off of it should you choose to challenge yourself and explore a new area you haven’t already hiked.  Taking the main trail from the vista, a little under a mile down the path there will be another clearing with more views overlooking Happy Valley.  This is a good spot to sit and eat a snack/take a break.  If you opt to continue further down the trail, there is a mailbox with a notebook in it that you can sign.  Please bring your own pen and hand sanitizer if you choose to write your name and hike date down!  This portion of the hike is easy and great for families with small kiddos.  Continuing further down the path will bring you to some boulder hiking which can be tricky but fun (not recommended for littler ones).  

Mid State Trail @ Jo Hays Vista Trail Map

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