Looking for a new local trail to hike with your Troop or family this summer? Try the Black Moshannon Moss-Hanne Trail. Starting this trail from Beaver Road and heading in toward trail marker #6 (which is also the part of the trail that overlaps with the Allegheny Front Trail) will take you through three different biomes – a boardwalk bog that feels very much like a tropical area followed by the fern forest, and finally a sparse floored pine forest area where it can be tricky to find your yellow trail blazes. It is a quick hike with minimal elevation changes, doable for all ages. Happy hiking!
Canoe Creek State Park is located a short jaunt from State College in Hollidaysburg. This park has so many great features that are easy to access- a great combination of history and natural beauty. I recommend the Limestone Trail and the Marsh trail. Both are flat, easy, and short but provide a lot of fun.Continue reading “Canoe Creek State Park”
Wayne Township Nature Park (191 Linnippi Trail, Lock Haven) is 45 minutes from State College and well worth the drive. There are so many fun treasures for Girl Scouts to discover high and low along the easy flat trails. Spring is a great time to visit, as much of the trail is beside a beautiful flowing creek. Before you start you hike, snap a photo of the hand drawn trail map on a sign at the parking lot. You will see Big Foot on the map, don’t miss hiking over to see him!Continue reading “Wayne Township Nature Park”
This week we are heading to Thousand Steps! It sounds intimidating and it can be, but if you take the slow and steady approach, this hike is totally doable even for our younger Scouts. The hike is predominately uphill with areas to stop and rest along the way. It is boulder hiking, so each step is either a root or a rock that you will be stepping up on as you move up the hill. Please be sure to take water with you on this hike. There are several stopping points with great views of the area and at the top there is a hiking trail with an overlook. We’ve also done this hike in the fall and it is lovely to do then too. Take your time and enjoy the process. Keep your eyes out for the step markers indicating 100, 200, 300, etc. They go by a lot faster than you might think! Going down can sometimes be harder than going up as your calves may start twitching on the way down. Do not attempt this hike before or after potential rainfall because it would be slippery.
Week 12 Hike: Thousand Steps
Distance: 3.4 miles out (up) and back (down) 1125 foot elevation change
This week we are heading about 30 minutes away to Greenwood Furnace State Park to do the Greenwood Furnace Loop. This area is a hidden gem with a lovely lake and an opportunity to learn more about the historical mining industry in our area.
Week 11 Hike: Greenwood Furnace State Park Loop https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/pennsylvania/greenwood-furnace-state-park-loop
Distance: 4.5 mile loop, 971 foot elevation changeContinue reading “Hike Challenge 11: Greenwood Furnace State Park Loop”