Experience the Trails of Pennsylvania™

Restek Ramblers

Come join fellow Restek employees as we explore some of the hiking opportunities available in our surrounding forests and mountains. We strive to complete 10 hikes every year (sometimes more). We will venture out into Penn's Woods every Wednesday after work for these hikes. Restek Ramblers arrive at a designated pre-hike trailheads before 5:00PM. Leaving the pre-hike trailhead, we hope to be at the trailhead proper and start our hikes no later than 5:15PM. Details about each hike can be found on this web page. Changes to hike times or schedules due to inclement weather or other factors will be communicated via the our mailing list and on our Facebook group page.

Make sure you sign up for the Restek Ramblers mailing list so that you get the most up-to-date information regarding the hikes. You can also follow us on our Facebook page. Updates to hikes, changes to schedules, and photos from completed hikes are all posted on the Restek Ramblers Facebook page.​

Hike Schedulde


Bald Eagle State Park - April 6th


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Directions from Restek to the Pre-hike Trailhead

The first hike of the season for the Restek Rambler's will be a new hike at the Bald Eagle State Park. This is a relatively flat hike and is about 2.5 miles in length. The hike will follow two trails at the Bald Eagle State Forest: the Butterfly Trail and the Skyline Trail. Since this is the first hike of the season and it is early in April, please dress in layers so you can keep warm before the hike and remove layers as you warm up during the hike.​

Date of Hike: Wednesday, April 6th, 2022
Trail Length: 2.5 miles
Trailhead: 41.026843, -77.645638
Near: Bald Eagle State Park, Main Park Road
Hike Leader: Mark Badger
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Colyer Lake Trail - April 13th


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Directions from Restek to the Pre-hike Trailhead

This is a new trail located at Colyer Lake. This loop hike is 2.7 miles long. Though there are bridges for crossing streams, if you are looking for a slight rock hopping challenge, you can take the "low road". If you choose the latter option, make sure to wear appropriate footwear.​ Elsewhere on the trail there may be some wet areas and perhaps a bit muddy, so don't wear you brand new Nikes for this hike.

Date of Hike: Wednesday, April 13th, 2022
Trail Length: 2.7 miles
Trailhead: 40.777980, -77.684071
Near: Colyer Lake
Hike Leader: Mark Badger
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Lake Trail at Stone Valley - April 20th


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Directions from Restek to the Pre-hike Trailhead

Our third hike will take us to the Stone Valley Recreational Area. For this adventure we will be hiking the Lake Trail. This trail encircles L​ake Perez. The trail is a little under 3 miles in length and will give us opportunities to hike through hardwood and pine forests. With a couple small climbs, this hike will be a nice workout, but not too strenuous. There are sections of this trail that can be a bit wet, so make sure to wear appropriate foot wear.

Date of Hike: Wednesday, April 20th, 2022
Trail Length: 2.7 miles
Trailhead: 40° 39.82', -77° 54.68'
Near: Stone Valley Recreational Area
Hike Leader: Scott Adams
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Shingletown Gap - April 27th


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Directions from Restek to the Pre-hike Trailhead

This week's after work hike will take us from Shingletown Gap to Musser Gap and back again. This is our first hike that is taking place in Shingletown Gap. This hike takes us to the top of the front ridge between Shingletown and Musser Gap. A short hike along the ridgeline, a view from the powerline vista and then we circle back to the trailhead.

Date of Hike: Wednesday, April 27th, 2022
Trail Length: 2.8 miles
Trailhead: 40° 45.27', -77° 49.07'
Near: Off route PA45 by the town of Shingletown.
Hike Leader: Scott Adams
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Tussey Mountain/Kettle/Lonberger Trails - May 4th


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Directions from Restek to the Pre-hike Trailhead

For the fifth hike of the season, we will be venturing into Rothrock State Forest to do a short circuit hike on a number of trails. This hike is about 2.2 miles in length with gradual ascents of less than 500'. Connecting trails that will be used for this hike include the Tussey Mountain Trail, Kettle Trail and Lonberger Path.

Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 4th, 2022
Trail Length: 2.2 miles
Trailhead: 40.739596, -77.752728
Near: Bear Meadows
Hike Leader: Mark Badger
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Spring Creek Canyon - May 11th


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Directions from Restek to the Pre-hike Trailhead

This hike takes place in the Spring Creek Canyon. At 3.4 miles in length, the hike will start with a gradual descent down to Spring Creek. Here you'll spend about 1/3 of the hike walking along the banks of Spring Creek before you head back uphill and return to the trail head.

Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 11th, 2022
Trail Length: 3.4 miles
Trailhead: 40.870738, -77.814896
Near: State Game Lands #333
Hike Leader: Mark Badger
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Shingletown Gap - May 18th


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Directions from Restek to the Pre-hike Trailhead

This week's after work hike will be back in Shingletown Gap. This hike takes us up along Roaring Run towards its origins and then we climb to the top of the front ridge, Bald Knob Ridge. A short hike along the ridgeline and then we descend back to the stream and retrace our steps back to the trailhead.

Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 18th, 2022
Trail Length: 3.7 miles
Trailhead: 40° 45.27', -77° 49.07'
Near: Off route PA45 by the town of Shingletown
Hike Leader: Scott Adams
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Mount Nittany - May 25th


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Directions from Restek to the Pre-hike Trailhead

This Restek Ramblers after work hike has us climbing a Happy Valley icon. Mount Nittany extends into Happy Valley and can be seen from most everywhere in State College. The Mount Nittany Conservancy has secured much of the land that hikers enjoy and they have a goal to secure more land if possible. There are two hiking routes located on Mount Nittany: the white-blazed trail and the blue-blazed trail. For this hike we will be doing the shorter, white-blazed trail.

Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
Trail Length: 3.7 miles
Trailhead: 40° 48.69'', -77° 48.42'
Near: In the town of Lemont, just outside of State College, PA.
Hike Leader: Mark Badger
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Indian Steps - June 1st


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Directions from Restek to the Pre-hike Trailhead

The Ironstone Trail branches off of the Mid State Trail near PA Furnace Road, passes through the Stone Valley Recreation Area, and reconnects with the Mid State Trail near the Beaver Pond on Shaver's Creek. At the s​​tart of the trail is a sec​tion known as the Indian Steps. We will climb these steps to the top of Tussey Mountain where we will then follow the orange-blazed Mid State Trail across the ridge top before circling back to the trailhead.

Date of Hike: Wednesday, June 1st, 2022
Trail Length: 4.0 miles
Trailhead: 40° 41.45', -77° 56.12'
Near: Harry's Valley Road, off route PA26
Hike Leader: Scott Adams
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Laurel Run/Kettle/Lonberger Trails - June 8th


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Directions from Restek to the Pre-hike Trailhead

From the Galbraith Gap parking area in Rothrock S.F., this hike will take us on a gradual climb up the Laurel Run Trail. Once on top we will hike across Little Flat and take in one of the vistas before heading down a steep Kettle Trail. At the intersection of ​Kettle and Lonberger, we will follow Lonberger back to the trailhead. This hike is one of the longer hikes where we will be covering over 5.5 miles.

Date of Hike: Wednesday, June 8th, 2022
Trail Length: 5.5 miles
Trailhead: 40.739596, -77.752728
Near: Galbraith Gap
Hike Leader: Mark Badger
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Croyle Run Trail - June 15th


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Directions from Restek to the Pre-hike Trailhead

Our last hike of the year will have us exploring the Gettis Ridge area of Rothrock State Forest. Our longest hike travels off Gettis Ridge on the Croyle Run Trail. A short bit of road walking is followed by a long slog back to the top of the ridge on the Gettis Ridge Road.

Date of Hike: Wednesday, June 15th, 2022
Trail Length: 5.5 miles
Trailhead: 40° 43.15', -77° 47.42'
Near: Big Flat/Bear Gap Road
Hike Leader: Scott Adams
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How Does All Of This Work?


You may be asking, how does this all work? How are these after work hikes being coordinated and how do we get to the trailhead?

The details of each hike that we will be doing will be posted in our Facebook page and via our mailing list. An overview of the hike as well as directions to the trailhead proper (including latitude and longitude coordinates) will be given for each hike. We will also detail where the pre-hike trailhead is located.

Once at the pre-hike trailhead there will be some formalities that will need to be addressed. Information about the hike will  be given at the pre-hike trailhead and car shuttling arrangements will be made, if there are more cars at the pre-hike trailhead than can be accommodated at the trailhead proper.

All of the hikes are circuit (loop) hikes. Once at the trailhead proper, we will start on the hike, hoping to hit the trail by 5:15PM. All of the hikes are designed so that we will return to the trailhead proper prior to darkness setting in, however it may be dark by the time we make it back to the pre-hike trailhead. The group will wait at the trailhead proper until all hikers have returned from our hike (there will be a designated "sweep" that will bring up the rear and make sure no one is left behind) prior to heading back to the pre-hike trailhead.

 

A Hiker's Checklist


Here is a quick run-down of things to keep in mind if you decide to join the Restek Ramblers on one of these outings.

  • Wear appropriate shoes - In most cases, sneakers will be adequate for these hikes. However, on hikes where we may be hiking along a ridgetop, you will encounter some rocky sections of trails. In this case, hiking shoes or boots with good tread is recommended. Also, with the earlier spring hikes, some parts of the trail may be muddy, wet, or both. Hiking boots or at least older sneakers should be worn on these hikes. If you only have sneakers and want to venture out on the "rockier" hikes, trekking poles or a walking stick will help make sure you keep your footing.
  • Bring along water - At a minimum you should bring along 20 ounces of water. Even on days when it is overcast or cool, you will still need to keep yourself hydrated. Later in spring/early summer, this is of upmost importance as these hikes will be longer and more strenuous.
  • Wear appropriate attire - During some of our first hikes, we may see temperatures in the low 40s. You should dress in layers, and bring a hat and/or gloves for these earlier and potentially colder hikes. As it warms up you may be tempted to wear shorts. Please keep in mind that Central Pennsylvania has a robust deer tick population. You may want to wear light colored, long legged pants to avoid issues with ticks.
  • Bring bug spray - Bug spray with DEET will help keep the ticks off your legs and during the early summer months will also help keep gnats away as well.
  • Consider a flashlight or headlamp - Some of our hikes will have us returning to the trailhead as the sun sets. A flashlight or headlamp is a nice insurance policy to make sure you aren't tripping over rocks as you finish up the hike.

Hiking With Others


It has been asked if these hikes were limited to Restek employees only. The answer is no, family members (including kids) are more than welcome to come along. With that being said, it will be the responsibility of the parent to determine if a particular hike is appropriate for children. 

Once you have hiked on one or two hikes, you will be able to get a better feel for the difficulty of our hikes. You can then make an informed decision whether or not your child can handle some of the later hikes, knowing that are hikes will gradually become a bit harder and longer. We, as a group, will try to accommodate the slowest hiker, but each parent will be responsible for their child. That may mean retracing your steps back to the trailhead if your child (or you) are not able to continue on the hike. Maps of each hike will be available prior to the hike, so if you feel that it may be necessary to bail on a hike, please print a map to take along. If you, as a parent, makes the decision to cut a hike short because your child cannot continue on, make sure to notify the hike leader so that we are aware of your absence from the group.

The obligatory fine print regarding these after work hikes:

There are inherent risks, including environmental, human and equipment hazards involved in hiking that could cause injuries and/or death. You need to understand the specific risks associated with each outdoor activity in which you voluntarily agree to participate, prior to engaging in that activity. You also need to be aware that you, and others accompanying you, will need to come equipped with suitable clothing, equipment, nutrition, and any required medication to participate in the outdoor activity.