Emily G. on Indian Steps to Tussey Fire Tower Ruins
Very difficult at the start of the hike basically go straight up the steps. Levels off at the very top and is a fairly easy hike from there. The views are worth braving the steps
Emily G. on Jackson Trail
Extremely rocky trail but really nice views on both sides of the trail. Pretty flat and easy.
This is a short climb... but it is just that, a climb. This is just a tiny section to the now 80 mile standing stone trail. At the top you will come to a sign that has the throne room spur at .2 miles but that's debatable. Either way, I recommend doing this just for the amazing views where you can see Williamsburg fire tower on a clear day and also the 1000 steps. Be aware on a summer day, you will be joining the timber rattlers around the viewing area. My last warm trip up I encountered two about 20 feet from the overlook.
We did the entire loop, 3.9 miles. The first mile (steps) is straight up the mountain, a really steep incline, it doesn't level off any until the top. It's a long hard mile, but the views at the top are beautiful. When you get up there follow the trail to the left and it is a fairly level hike with views along the way. The best view is where Pennsylvania Furnace meets the Pump House Road! It's not an easy hike and I'd definitely recommend proper footwear.
Tussey Mt. Trail to the Beer Tap, as shown on Purple Lizard Map (out-and-back route). Awesome hike in general - took about 3.5mi to get to the beer tap, and overall, was very lightly trafficked and well marked. Moderate seems right as the rating, mostly due to the length. Some uphill parts, but nothing strenuous. Would recommend, would do again. Bring water and hiking boots! Total; ~7.5-8mi // 2.5-3hr total.