I’ve now grown to become a better photographer. Now that I’m a better photographer, a lot of people have come to rely on my work not on the fact that I am an excellent photographer, but on the fact that for a while in 2008, I was not much better than a poor photographer. So now it seems like an opportunity to go on a long hike out to find the best route in.
It’s a sunny day and the trail starts out with some fairly steep inclines into the woods. There’s only a handful of people in the entire hike, and they’re mostly walking, not running or riding. The trail is well marked and well preserved, but I do feel the need to warn anyone who’s worried about the trails. If you’re not careful, you could easily lose your footing and end up in a creek or hole. For that reason, I always include a warning in my photos. If you do get into a hole, make sure to get out and find the best person you can to get out. For me, I didn’t make it that far (the rest got to the top by the end of the hike). My hike of all the hikes I’ve done along this trail has been pretty good. I’ve seen a few people out, but that is almost always because we were running or biking. There aren’t many people out at this time of year (we went up in January) so it’s a lot easier to get a place to stay or to park once we get back with our bikes.
The trail begins to rise into the woods. We walk up a little hill and there appears a beautiful overlook on what used to be the Great Plains. That was when this area was forested. Back at our place, Jeff started off his hike by going around the front of some old trees. Apparently the area had a few abandoned houses and that gave Jeff an idea of the area when we were getting started here. The area has a lot different hills (this little hill is going to be a problem because of my knees being too small to stay steady on it), so Jeff had to push his bike up this hill to get to the top of it. As I’m writing this I’m wondering why I didn’t go up this hill sooner.
We started our hike out on what I’d imagine is an irregular trail to reach the top of Mount Nittany. Jeff was a bit concerned as we started looking around on the way up. Apparently there used to be a train that ran between Nittany and Mount Nittany. That could be good for the trail if you know where to look. My bike is very unstable so I wouldn’t want to rely on it with no bike controls to handle a big incline to get up to the high point of the view.
Jeff continued to walk up a little hill and he had a very good vantage point. On top of the ridge there were some old barns and that lent more of a hilltop view. It looks like Mount Nittany had a similar view to a railroad track.
Jeff and I continued to approach the top of Mount Nittany from the back of another hill. The trail continues up the hill a bit, but then turns out to be a different trail. The trail doesn’t go all the way up to the top of Mount Nittany and the way it seems to end I don’t know. Either way its just a hill that’s a bit too steep. When we got to the top of the mountain the view was beautiful. It was a snowy day but there were some small snow patches on the side of the ridge. As we walked up we saw it snow so we took the opportunity to check it out. The trail continued up to the top of Mount Nittany and then turns back around to the trail we just went up. The back of the mountain is a bit different than the views on the front. There’s a rocky shoreline on the bottom of the hill and the land is completely covered in snow.
Jeff finally got a nice view of Mount Nittany. Mount Nittany was a beautiful part of our hiking this year. If you’re into hiking you should check this out. It’s well maintained and has nice views of the region to the east, but has a small trail that goes up to the trail head to the top of the ridge.