Absolutely beautiful view at the top! Best place to park is a mile from the trails head across from a large sign that says food plot.

hiking
rocky
4 days ago

The major effort for the first 0.5 mile is easily forgettable once you get to the top! Beautiful views and an easy descent make for a very enjoyable 2.5 hour hike.

running
bugs
over grown
private property
5 days ago

5/29/2020 - Trail splits as others have mentioned. I followed the white to the left and I never found where it looped around. At one point I came to a Private Property sign and I followed a trail to a road so I must have missed something. The trail is becoming overgrown and the bugs are coming out full force. Beautiful area, just needs some maintenance.

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked counterclockwise from Lingle Road parking area with two adults, and two children ages 5 and 3. Moderate foot and bike traffic on Memorial Day. Kids did fine. Some narrow sections, combined with a few disrespectful visitors, made proper social distancing impossible at times. Parking lots we're overflowing with overflow parking lining the roads. There is shade for about 70% of the loop. The three stream crossings near the dam at the end of the counterclockwise hike were sketchy for carrying little kids across (there really should be bridges at those crossings, as this is an established municipal park facility). Wildflowers were abundant in sections. Overall, a decent kid-friendly loop if you've hiked Alan Seeger Natural Area to death.

hiking
10 days ago

Fun trail. Rolling terrain. Not much elevation. The stream crossings are fun. Not technical.

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
rocky
10 days ago

on Colyer Lake Loop

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful trail, lots of wildflowers on a sunny May afternoon.

Tough at beginning if going straight up to the top, but very scenic on the way to pump station trail. Very beautiful overall for a two hours hiking

The end of this trail is not a trail but a exercise in rock climbing! Pay attention to the altitude!

Modified the route and did an out and back along the mid-state trail from Jo Hay vista to Indian Steps with an excursion down and up the steps. About 7.8 miles. Great Vistas along the way. Wildflowers beginning to bloom. Plenty of birdlife. A moderate and enjoyable spring hike.

hiking
over grown
private property
19 days ago

Family with two little ones - 6 and 7 year olds enjoyed it! First part is difficult with it being straight uphill, but the kiddos enjoyed climbing up the rocks and had little problem getting to the top. Top of the ridge is rocky, so watch step - we gave the kids walking sticks to use in case of tripping. Beautiful views on both sides! Easy descent (small part on gravel road) on the pump station trail - mostly grassy path thru the trees, small spring on part of the trail near the bottom. Took us about 2.5 hours.

hiking
rocky
scramble
24 days ago

Hiked with my dog. The drive up on Jacks Mtn Road wasn’t as bad as some reviews say. I have a car, made it up just fine. There were rocks and pot holes on the road, but definitely not as bad as expected, just take it slow. Parked at the “Y”, beside a man’s food plot. Follow to the right for about a mile (a continuation of the road, but definitely not well suited for driving, plus there’s nowhere else to park up that way) then you’ll see a sign for Throne Room and Butler Knob on the right that goes up the mountain. Steep and rocky, this is PA. The view is worth the short but steep hike. Beware of snakes and twisting an ankle. Wasn’t overgrown as some reviews suggest.

This was a great hike! Quite a workout the first ascent up the “stairs” and rocky along the ridge, but beautiful views off both sides of the mountain and a couple of spots to stop and take it all in! Lovely hike down on Pump Station Trail, forrest surrounding cleared trail. Will definitely do again!

hiking
rocky
28 days ago

I went here with my mother-in-law and my two younger children one of which is only 3 years old. we had to stop and turn around when we got to the stream crossing. The rocks were too wide apart for my mother-in-law and my daughter to cross safely. My older son was pretty disappointed that we had to go back. it would be nice if they would update this section.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, lots of fun to hike. There is no parking at trailhead on Kettle Road, but about 0.1 miles uphill there is a small pull off. Just enough room for one car. I went a few days after a very heavy rain and parts of the trail were almost a stream. Not many blazes along the trail, but the trail is defined enough in most places to still be easy to follow.

hiking
washed out
1 month ago

Overall my family really liked this trail. We were excited for the stream crossings, but never made it to them. We were probably .5 miles from them when another family told us it was washed out and recommended turning around if we didn’t want to have to do a complete in and out hike. My ten, five, and one year old enjoyed themselves. We brought a stroller the whole way without much problem. There are a few benches along the way. Pretty views! I wish we could have done the stream hopping! Maybe next time!

Pretty great trail. Tackled the steep part first! Wasn’t bad but had three new hikers in tow

hiking
bugs
muddy
1 month ago

Done as part of a loop from Alan Seeger (up the Ross trail and back down the Johnson Trail/Greenwood Spur). Brutally steep climb up... no switchbacks. No major vistas, and the day we went (early May) was absolutely miserable. Mucky trail, crazy gnats. One to try again under better conditions perhaps. Not the best marked, but red blazes at least on the upper 2/3.

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