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Help build a new trail to Hunter’s Rocks this weekend

Posted by Scott Woods on April 22nd, 2008


C3PA and the Standing Stone Trail Club are building a new approach trail to Hunter’s Rocks. We need your help!


This weekend!

Saturday, April 26th from 9:00am – 3:30pm
Sunday, April 27th from 9:00am – 12:00pm


Park at the usual parking area for Hunter’s Rocks. Here are the directions from State College.

The whole story

Jim Bowers on IncredareteIt turns out that the Standing Stone Trail Club is going to relocate the old Link Trail (renamed to the Standing Stone Trail) to the ridge line that includes Hunter’s Rocks. Coincidentally, this new trail follows the exact same route that we were picking out for a new approach trail to the rocks. As a result, C3PA and the Standing Stone Trail Club have teamed up to construct this portion of the trail.

Why we need a new trail

Basically, the current approach “trail” is a total disaster. Not only is it quite steep and extremely prone to erosion, but it also leads climbers directly to the privately owned portion of the rocks, which is currently closed.

In the past, the landowner has been displeased by climbers using the existing trail to access the public portion of Hunter’s Rocks. We anticipate that the new trail will help to avoid the trespassing issues that were hurting climber relations with the landowner.

Where the new trail will go

The Standing Stone Trail crosses the same parking lot that we use to access Hunter’s Rocks. It will diagonal up and right across the stream, following the old Standing Stone Trail. It will then switch back left and continue up hill to arrive at the Incredarete / Standard American Accent boulder, about 100 yards to the right of the end of the current approach trail. From there, the Standing Stone Trail continues to the right along the ridge line towards the power cut boulders.

Who should come

Anyone who can do some manual labor! You don’t need to know anything about trail building, since the Standing Stone Trail Club will be providing instruction.

What to bring

Michael Fitzgerald on Verbing

  • Lunch
  • Water
  • Bug repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Long pants
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Rain gear (just in case)
  • Stuff for climbing afterwards!

We’ll have some extra water there, but it wouldn’t hurt to bring some of your own. There shouldn’t be a need to bring any tools – the Standing Stone Trail Club will be graciously providing everything that we need.


We need to know how many people will be coming so that we can give the Standing Stone Trail Club an idea of how many tools to bring. However, you don’t need to RSVP to go (but it would be nice), and you don’t need to commit to a certain amount of time – just come along for as much time as you can spare.

Simply drop us an email to let us know that you’re coming. Please include:

  • Your phone number
  • How many people will be coming with you
  • Whether you can provide transportation for other people

Getting there

Hunter’s Rocks is about 25 miles away from State College, on the way to Huntingdon. Here are directions from State College to the parking lot.

Let us know what your ride situation is; whether you can fit extra people in your car, or whether you need a ride. We’ll try to get everyone connected.

What about the private land?

A large portion of Hunter’s Rocks is on private land, and the landowner does not allow trespassing. As you go up the current approach trail, you cross into the private land about halfway up the hill.

The new trail stays well away from the private land, and it leads directly to the best boulders that are on public land, in Rothrock State Forest.

Reply, then show up

Drop us an email to let us know that you’re coming, and we’ll see you this weekend, on Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th!

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