The 1000 steps challenge isn’t just any old challenge–in fact, it’s a historical spot.
It’s located in Mapleton, PA around the Raystown Lake Region. It’s a cute little area, and the 1000 steps hiking area has some absolutely gorgeous views.
The 1,000 Step were climbed by quarrymen every day on their way to work in the quarry. They climbed from the highway to the top of the mountain. It is almost 800 ft in height! The mountain itself is called “Jacks Mountain” and beyond the 1000 steps, you can find some other cool things that I will talk about a bit later.
My boyfriend and I decided to take a trip here for Labor Day, and we talked to some great people along the steps and it was such a great time!
Hiking The Steps
Just a forewarning–these steps are giant rocks stacked on one another. There is no pattern to the setting of the rocks, and they are quite steep! You may walk 200 steps (they are marked every 100 to show you how far you have gone), then there will be a stretch of landing to rest and take in the views.
Wondering just how much cardio you will be getting in walking all of those steps? Walking these 1000 steps is equivalent to going on the stair master for 1 hour.
I think that it’s a bit better than ACTUALLY walking on the stair master mainly because of the views. However, let me tell you–you FEEL it in your legs the next day. My legs were actually shaking on the way down because they were so tired!
But don’t feel discouraged because I saw small children with their parents as well as elders in their 60s and 70s making the climb. You can do it!
The Abandoned Jail
Okay, so I don’t know if it ACTUALLY was a jail , but it had bars on the windows, so I am assuming it was a small jail of some sorts (update: turns out it was a garage!). Once you climb to the top of the 1000 steps and walk on the trail to the left for a mile or so, you stumble upon this:
There is some pretty spooky graffiti in there (like a Slender Man symbol, for instance). But if frights aren’t your thing, you can find the typical love initials, and names from 30+ years ago etched on the walls, which I think is pretty neat!
Oh, the Geocaches…
If you aren’t familiar with Geocaching, but love exploring the great outdoors–I highly recommend you look it up as soon as possible. It is such a fun and inexpensive activity great for all ages!
There were some great cache opportunities up here, and we stumbled upon an ammo can jam-packed with trackables from Texas to Germany! Trackables are items placed by Geocachers for other Geocachers to find, log and drop off at other caches, so it essentially can travel the world!
Overall, 1000 steps is a GREAT hike. It’s jam-packed with history, breath-taking views, and it’s a hell of a workout! Be sure to mark this down on your list of go-to’s, as it won’t be a trip to forget!