hiking
2 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
2 days ago

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

on Colyer Lake Loop

hiking
3 days ago

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

hiking
bugs
rocky
9 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
washed out
25 days 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!

hiking
30 days ago

Great trail for beginners. There are a few spots where you have to cross water, these were more difficult with my preschooler, but she managed. She was able to walk the whole loop herself. Overall we love Colyer Lake Loop! Will definitely add this spot to our family’s favorites list.

hiking
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Hiked McKinney trail (0.7) to Penn Outlook trail (0.5) total 2.5 miles out and back. McKinney was a moderate trail; steep and rocky for second half. It was some what over grown. Wear long pants! Penn Outlook trail was very over grown. We walked through shoulder high wet brush (didn’t have my water proof clothes on :/) There wasn’t really a view at the end.

hiking
1 month ago

Colyer Lake trail is beautiful. Bikers, Hikers, and Runners enjoy the trail. the path is wide and used enough that it is not overgrown at all. There are two points where you have to cross over water near the dam. There are rocks to cross, but it had rained the day prior and the water was high so we took our shoes off and crossed that way - the stream was too heavy for our pup so we carried her across. Just something to keep in mind if you're taking really little ones. Very scenic and will definitely visit again!

hiking
muddy
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. It was well maintained though not well marked. We didn’t realize the trail splits to red and white trails. We followed the trail to the left (white) and it eventually looped back around to the red trail. There was a lot of changes in vegetation that continued to make the trail interesting! Plus, the portion by the creek was pretty cool. We will definitely be back.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

on Colyer Lake Loop

3 months ago

Nice hike but I wish I'd have known about having to cross several rocky streams. My giant breed dog had cruciate surgery 6 months ago and slippery uneven rocks were a real worry.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

We really enjoyed this trail. Definitely need 4 wheel drive to get down to the trail and we never saw a trail starting sign, we passed the rental huts and parked at the double boulders about 3 yellow dots into the road. We had no issues following the well marked yellow tree markers. Some steeper inclines with rocks but totally do able. We enjoyed this hike very much and will be back.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Not bad. Nice quiet walk. Trail splits.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike in the snow.. and hiked from the Greens Valley Rd. side. Somewhat treacherous with the snow and ice on the ascent/descent but worth doing. Well marked and easy to follow.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Very poorly maintained

hiking
over grown
7 months ago

This is definitely the better blazed segment of Shingle Path with some steepness to get your heart pumping. Although this part of it was much better maintained than the rest, it was still a bit overgrown throughout most of it. I thought once I reached the Mid-State Trail intersection would improve, because MST was so well cleared throughout Thickhead Wild Area, and though it did a little, was still a bit overgrown. Didn't seem like a trail used very often at all, but despite some of the challenges I had with it was still good. I had taken this trail from Tussey Mountain Trail down to southern loop of Thickhead Mountain Road and seemed to be mostly an abandoned trail until I reached where it joins with John Wert Path (no blazes, heavily overgrown, and very hard to locate the trail). There was a part right after crossing Treaster Kettle Rd where it was impossible to pick up the trail from a clearing and ended up bushwhacking my way straight over Little Mountain until I was able to pick it up again going down the other side (thank you, AllTrails app!).

hiking
7 months ago

Nice easy walk/hike. The pup loved it... the water crossings near the dam were easy even carrying the dog.

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

We hiked this trail up to the monument and back. (~2.6 mi rt) If you keep hiking past the monument you will come to the glacier rock field. Beautiful hike with a little bit of challenge due to rocks and elevation gain. We parked at the trail sign, but you can drive back about .2 miles. Follow the yellow marks. It had rained the night before so it was slick in spots. I would definitely recommend hiking poles.

hiking
bugs
muddy
8 months ago

Very nice trail. A bit muddy and buggy, a good part of it is open (though about 80% of it is in the shade), but still, a very nice, easy walk. The description of where it is is misleading. The trail is not near Beech Creek, which is 30+ miles away. It's much closer to State College and Centre Hall. The trail itself is all on public land, though it skirts very closely in a few places to private land. This is to be expected where it is, in the rural suburbs of a large college town. Also, because of where it is, tends to be relatively heavily used, including by mountain bikers. This is a minor problem in a couple of spots where the trail is very narrow and one side of it is a pretty steep 60-80 ft hill down to the lake. So on summer weekends, can be if not crowded than maybe more people than you want to see. But off season, you can be on your own in a pretty setting. The map is pretty accurate: The trail is 2.7 miles by my GPS watch, as listed. A few trail markings might leave you guessing, but it's generally pretty well marked.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy, and scenic hike. Wooded path around the lake with a couple open areas. Bugs were plentiful under the trees, bring bug repellent. Watch for mountain bikers.

hiking
Sat Apr 06 2019

Pleasant easy trail. Although we did loose the path near the dam, due to snow cover. Luckily the lake was frozen and we just took a shirt cut right across the lake

hiking
Sun Mar 17 2019

Nice loop trail, a bit muddy in places, but not bad (it is March, after all). Barefoot stream crossing on the first rock hop (at dam crest) going counterclockwise from north side parking, second (at dam base) was entirely above water.

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