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Enjoyed it- lots of rocks and steps going up. Pretty sure you need to turn around when you get to the lookout- I continued to follow the white blazes, but after 10 minutes remembered it was an out and back. Don’t be like me...

Great hike. Trail to the top of the mountain was very steep and icy. Easy from that point forward other than the deep snow and eater covered bear meadow trail. Some fantastic views from the ridge.

Beautiful scenery and good trails with elevation gain/loss.

nice workout but well worth it when u reach the summit! nice history lesson as well

Awesome trail. Great if your looking for a long hike! Thankfully we started early, got very crowded as we made our way back to the bottom.

11 days ago

The east loop is actually 22.4 miles long and the west loop is 33 miles. If you are going to do this trail I recommend a map and giving yourself plenty of time. Did the east loop in 2 days. Lots and lots of steep hills and hills that had a gradual incline that lasted for a while. The landscapes all along the trail were breathtaking. Plenty of water sources available and lots of campsites. All in all, a great, but difficult trail!

easy great place to bring anyone. good views not to hard a nice hike for all ages and skill levels

easy not much of a hike but a nice walk

We did this trail last September! It was pretty difficult but well worth the hike once you get to the top! Beautiful views!!!

this makes for a day of outdoor fun and a stop to Cabelas! Very rocky but very beautiful views. I always find that rhere are too many people at the view but atleast it is big enough. Cool to watch birds from here or see the foliage. Watch out for snakes!!

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27 days ago

As others have noted, make sure you take the entrance at the right as you pull in. The hike was a bit difficult through several inches of snow; however it was well worth it.

Awesome views,clear path,not a long hike but you will break a sweat.

1 month ago

Great workout, beautiful views, and interesting history behind this hike.

This hike was extremely enjoyable. Ridge line hiking is the best.

We nailed it and went during the worst weather ever! but this trail is sheltered somewhat and the rain/fog didn't effect us much! Made the colors pop in our pictures too :) Eat at the Rickett's Glenn Hotel...YUMMO! Get the potato thing - it was delicious!

1 month ago

Very entertaining trail. The sights and views are amazing and exciting. Not too many steep inclines but definitely a bit of leg work necessary! Took us about 2 hours to complete.

Not 6 miles!! I didn’t track it but it was between 1 and 2 miles. But it was a nice hike. It was beautiful.

1 month ago

This is a really beautiful hike. I'll admit the steps are a bit strenuous but the views make it all worth it! Just go slow and steady and you'll be glad you did this hike. I did this hike with a friend and then again with a women's hiking group. If you're a female and interested in hiking with other females Join our FB page and be included in monthly meetups in PA.

Great trail, with pleasant views. Cross rolling hills, along a stream, with views from the woods of farmers fields. You will cross seven bridges over streams and a tunnel under 944. At the top of the ridge you can sit on a rock bench and enjoy the view. A bit muddy today, particularly on our way back to the trailhead after the ground thawed.
I will do this hike again.

Incline trail with steep sections and mostly rocky. If you have bad knees I wouldn’t recommend it. Great view once you get to the top.

Muddy but a very well marked along the creek and up the mountain. The trail has beautiful scenery and is very well maintained. The overlook is a nice bonus.

Great trail, very challenging at times, watch out for the rattle snakes

1 month ago

The actual Alan Seeger loop is only .8 miles. But it is absolutely beautiful. Beautiful old growth Hemlock, countless native rhododendrum, and stone creek , make up this hike. I would be sure to wear higher boots because you will get you feet wet. In some areas the trail was flooded up to my shins this evening. Also this trail is not blazed, so just use your eye and it's pretty easy to stay on track. Especially with the rhododendrum actually forming tunnels over the trail in some placed, makes it difficult to go to far off.

1 month ago

I took advantage of a beautiful February day by checking out Thousand Steps. I honestly found it not too terrible on the way up. I stopped several times for a minute to catch my breath, but made it to the top in a little less than an hour. Saw the beautiful vistas and remnants of an old building. What I didn’t expect was how challenging the descent would be. My legs wobbled the whole way down. My muscles were spent. I would definitely recommend 1 or 2 hiking poles for the way down, it kept me from going too fast and eating rock. Definitely a nice trail and I really appreciated the historical context. Also, the markings every 100 steps were super helpful. I would consider it more moderate than hard.

In Aug 2016, we camped here with our family of ten and hiked over 15 mi in this park. The waterfall trail is amazing. Steep. Slippery. And gorgeous.

Hiked from Sherwood Dr parking to Darlington Shelter and back. It was a fun hike although the trail was quite swampy in spots. Definitely recommend some waterproof hiking boots. The climb up to the overlook is just enough to get the heart rate going. Nice view. Looking forward to doing this hike again after it dries out!

Great views, snow was fun and ended up getting socked with rain but still had fun with dog. took us 3.5 hours

Very pretty overlook. Still very manageable to hike in the snow, but Yaktrax or micro-spikes are a good idea. Will go again!

2 months ago

A challenging hike, however, well worth every step! The beautiful views from every ‘platform’ are breathtaking. Along the way, catch up on the true history of 1,000 Steps!

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