Thousand Steps

HARD 109 reviews

Thousand Steps is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Union, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and rock climbing and is best used from March until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1125 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

rock climbing

trail running

forest

river

rocky

scramble

Great views along the way and at the end of this hike. Great work out also. This is a very strenuous hike. It is equivelant to a 1 hour stair master workout. There are plenty of places to rest though and look at the great views that this hike has to offer. This is also a geocacher friendly hike.

2 days ago

This trail was an amazing workout! I would recommend that you be in moderate to great shape before you decide to tackle this. The view from the top...which was over 1100 steps..was amazing. This is a must do if you are an avid hiker and in the Huntington area!

8 days ago

Absolutely loved this. not easy, but there were all sorts of people who did it. I don't recommend racing it, you will burn out quickly... believe me!! it's more than 1000 steps, but keep going and be sure to take the extra steps to the top of the lookout! I don't recommend taking young children, it's grueling.

hiking
17 days ago

1000 steps for those who are active/in good shape will take you 30 minutes or less to ascend(30 to descend too). It’s definitely a good short adventure and can be done as a evening excursion in the summer. We drove two hours from York and finished by 8pm. The views at the top are decent to nice .

hiking
1 month ago

I saw this hike and, having grown up in Pennsylvania, decided to do it. Stopping for breath about every 25 steps I finally made it. Once at the top it was fun to explore the brick "office" at the top of what was once the incline. Go to the right (east) a short distance along an evident trail to get your first expansive view of the mountainside. Then go to the left (west) to the best viewpoint all day and then further along to more views. I then continued to the summit and back just to explore. Once your legs are tired, be aware that it is also a long way down and plan accordingly. I would love to have seen this mining operation back in the day.

1 month ago

The Thousand Steps is a really intense , but kinda short trip. It was real work going up , but harder to go down , because your legs are shaking ! If you would like to extend the trip , there are trails that run out on the top. Theirs a trail that runs north for miles. Definitely worth checking out.

2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/GirlsWhoHikePA/

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
4 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!

4 months ago

Beautiful views when you get to the top of the 1,000 steps. Definitely worth it in my opinion.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Omg! I’ve let myself go the last couple years so when a friend invited me along, I thought I was going to die! There were many places to step aside or sit for a little break. Once at the top, the views were amazing and it was worth the achy muscles to get there.

5 months ago

Strenuous ascent...all of which is on rock. Footwear choice is very important. The payoff is wonderful views above the talus slope. Well worth the effort.

5 months ago

Good workout, with a beautiful view. Would go again!

hiking
6 months ago

Great workout, beautiful views throughout the hike. Heavily used on what was a beautiful day in December. Kids (9 and 5) had a blast as well.

7 months ago

Great trail and area. Really enjoyed the sunset and view at the top. Was about 3.5 miles total up and back and walking around at the top.

hiking
7 months ago

Good workout. Great views!

hiking
7 months ago

A beautiful hike. challenging take your time rest when you need to bring lots of water.

hiking
9 months ago

Very challenging, but worth the effort! Wonderful views, especially if you continue on to the "Standing Stone Trail".

hiking
9 months ago

Great workout. We did the 9 mile out and back; last 2 vistas not necessarily worth the extra 2.4 miles but otherwise a great outdoors way to spend the day.

hiking
10 months ago

Very fun experience! First lookout point is better than the final lookout point.

10 months ago

moderately difficult, views are defiantly worth the climb!!

10 months ago

really nice trail

10 months ago

Super fun! Beautiful views, great workout!

10 months ago

Stumbled upon this hike but it was great! Good workout so make sure you're in appropriate attire and walking/climbing shoes. Views are awesome at the top!

11 months ago

Great day trip! You are fully exposed to the elements, go on a cooler day if the heat/sun bothers you.

hiking
11 months ago

This is NOT a trail for starters. When you get to the top be sure to check out all the views- makes the hike worth all the hard work! Great geocaching along the way as well!

hiking
11 months ago

Just hiked this recently and had a blast! I loved the abandon building and the view at the top!

11 months ago

Awesome trail! Great leg workout!

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