Cooper's Gap Area - Rothrock State Forest

  • Checking Out the Sassy Pig Trail in Rothrock State Forest

    Living near the Rothrock State Forest, I am presented with plenty of opportunities to do small day hikes in the forest. I am also lucky enough to have a forest that is full of trails. Most of these trails are not designated hiking trails. Instead these trails are maintained by a community of mountain bikers. This past weekend I had the opportunity to hike on a mountain biking trail, and I must admit, it was one of the more pleasurable day hikes that I have done in a long while.

  • Hiking the Mountain Bike Trails of Coopers Gap

    The northern reaches of Rothrock State Forest extend into Centre, Huntingdon, and Mifflin Counties. Unfortunately the trails in the Rothrock that are located within the boundaries of Mifflin County are neglected by all but mountain bikers. I looked to remedy that in late March by hiking some of the mountain biking trails and introducing these fines trails to the hiking community. There was a circuit hike of about 5 miles that I have been wanting to do for over six years. It was this circuit hike that Dan and I explored on the last sunny but chilly weekend of March.

  • Hiking the Trails Around Buck and Brush Ridge

    On a recent flight back from Chicago, as my US Airways twin prop airplane was making it's final descent into State College, I glanced out my window to see the mountains of Rothrock State Forest below. I will often look down on these mountains as I fly into and out of State College, recognizing the different ridge lines and streams and recalling the hikes that I've done along both. On this occasion I saw a small body of water that I hadn't noticed before. It was a small pond located at the very top of a ridge. I thought that it would be nice to see if I could hike back to that pond, and that's what I set out to do this past weekend.

  • KTA 2010 Fall Meeting Hike in Rothrock State Forest

    The Fall 2010 Keystone Trails Association meeting was held in Milroy this year. Hikes for this meeting were to be held on the surrounding trails in Rothrock and Bald Eagle State Forests. Since I hiked many of the trails in the region, I offered to lead a hike in Rothrock. The hike that I lead followed the many mountain bike trails around the Buck and Brush Ridge area.

  • Revisiting Buck and Brush Ridge

    A number of years ago I had hiked these trails, back when the trails weren't well maintained. I was notified that the trails were now maintained and easy to follow, but I hadn't had a chance to head out and check out the new trails. With plans of leading a hike on these trails in the fall, I decided to do an after work hike and see if the trails were indeed cleared and maintained enough to lead a fall hike here.

  • Short Dayhike on the Chestnut Spring Trail

    At the intersection of Brush Ridge Trail and Chestnut Spring Road, the Chestnut Spring Trail descends from the ridge and crosses the road, following the banks of Chestnut Spring Creek as it makes its way to Standing Stone Creek. Used mostly by bikers, I thought this section of the trail would make a nice, short day hike. On a warm summer weekend, Shari and I headed out to Chestnut Spring to investigate this trail.

  • Taking a Short Hike on the Dutch Alvin Trail

    On a hike a couple years ago I came across Rich Wertz in Cooper's Gap doing trail work. He informed me of a new trail he was blazing in order to replace the highly eroded Chestnut Spring Trail. Fast forward a few years and I spied the trail sign for the Dutch Alvin Trail posted along Chestnut Spring Road. On a nice spring afternoon, I decided to head out after work and take a short hike on the Dutch Alvin Trail.