Thousand Steps

HARD
Mt Union, PA
Thousand Steps is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Union, PA that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and rock climbing and is accessible from March until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles 1003 feet Out & Back
dogs on leash hiking rock climbing trail running forest river rocky scramble
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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.

James McClellan
26 days ago

3 Completed2 Reviews

Nice afternoon there is an information station about 100 yards up the trail

April Hazenstab
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

It was great but challenging with my toddler in his backpack on my back. As steep as it was, he couldn't walk most of it. But my 8 year old loved it.

Ben Brobst
2 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Great hike. Definitely a workout but the views are worth it! There are many geocaches on the trails as well which we enjoyed finding.

Jerry Haselbarth
9 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

We've done the steps half a dozen times. my friend's 24 yr old daughter suggested we continue to the top of the mountain and follow the orange blazed trees and it would make a loop taking about 4 hrs. It was not an easy climb, mostly switchbacks to get to the top. we then continued following the marks once there.
Unfortunately there was no loop. The trail ended after 4 1/2 hrs on a hard road two miles from Millcreek and then five miles to the parking spot at thousand steps. My fault for blindly following and not researching first. It all
turned out ok as a nice lady gave us a ride the last five miles.
Even if we placed another car at the end of the trail, i would not do the hike again. Not the most pleasant terrain.
You had to constantly watch your foot steps so as not to twist an ankle. The young one did anyway. I gave it four stars for the workout it gave my old carcass and the phenomenal view once we got to the top of the mountain.

Avegail Colegado Bottoff
9 months ago

19 Completed14 Reviews

Thanks to the folks who shared their experiences! It is a great cardio. Do dress appropriately for the climb, be vigilant about where you are stepping. And if you have weak knees and ankles (like me), bring a tape or wrap for support. A walking stick will prove invaluable as well. The good news is that there are several rest stops along the way.

The last 200 steps felt like forever but we made it to and fro Thousand Steps with our backpacks (25 lbs) as part of our training for a trip. We also hiked the path behind the old building structure to see the quarry carvings on the mountain sides, we then enjoyed the spectacular un-obstructed view of the Juniata River, the train and the town below from the Ledge Quarry. It was worth it as it made the following day’s backpack training hike of Laurel Hill Ridge Trail much easier.

Cort Knox
1 year ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Bob Garber
1 year ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great exercise on the way up. It's a little hard to find the parking area, which is closer to Mt. Union than Huntingdon. 'Nice views at the top of the steps which actually number 1037.

Bryan Kluth
1 year ago

119 Completed31 Reviews

Great drive getting there...Great hike. Keep going north after reaching the overlook until the trail starts meandering up the mountain. Stay left and go over the logs. Keep going until the trail starts to thin and look for a huge rock pile on your right. Make you way to and climb it for a nice and relatively unknown viewpoint.

Josh Campbell
1 year ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Very good workout. short enough that you can do it in an hour...difficult enough that you are getting a thorough workout. Not recommended for those with weak knees or ankles.

Daniel Frank
2 years ago

9 Completed4 Reviews

This truly a 1000 steps plus.......everything you could ask for is here

Terry Burket
2 years ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

This can be an excellent cardio workout. Better than a stepper.

Becky Conner
2 years ago

58 Completed20 Reviews

LOVE this climb! Make sure you go the whole way to the top...past the stone structure...and around the side of the mountain...this is where you will find the view worth "wobbly-legs" :)

Chris Lawler
2 years ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

Nice view from the top.... Moderate hike

Janet Bucci
2 years ago

48 Completed2 Reviews

Jack's Narrows is more of a " climb" than a hike. The climb begins immediately you pull off side of road and the ascend to the top is a work-out. The rugged "steps" continue straight up. Gotta be in decent shape to make it to the top. ( but views are well worth it!) along the way you'll see an a large stone structure used by miners. At the top an amazing view of the rivers below and railroad.!the boulder filled mountains are interesting and the history behind jacks mountain is also very interesting! To think these miners climbed this everyday is impressive. At the summit there are paths leading through fragrant pines and areas to just sit and admire the beauty!

Lorraine Kraft
3 years ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

Beautiful hike up the mountain. the view from the top is spectacular in the fall. #stairmasteronsteroids :)

Jeremy Cirota
4 years ago

10 Completed9 Reviews

Fun hike with the kids.

Alan Shaffer
4 years ago

30 Completed7 Reviews

Great hike, but not when it is hot.

Chuck Wolfe
4 years ago

15 Completed13 Reviews

The most amazing thing about this trail is the difficulty of the experience today was an everyday event for the worker's that built them. Many people use the trail as part of thier exercise routine as well as organizations for social gatherings. My daughter, Brianna, invited me to come along with her youth group from church. It has a great history and the vistas are amazing! The fellowship we had at the top made it all the more worthwhile. Going down is the most difficult because of the uneveness of the steps, be careful but don't let it deter you from the trip, it is well worth it.

Tracy Hoffert
4 years ago

4 Completed2 Reviews

Great workout and great views, run/hike at least 8 x a year.