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Bear Meadows/Mid State Trail Loop

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Trail

7.4 mile 11.8 kilometer loop
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Elevation

Ascent: 847' 258 m
Descent: -846' -258 m
High: 2,418' 737 m
Low: 1,816' 554 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)

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Trail shared by Jared Yarnall-Schane

Scenic overlooks, rocky ridges, peaceful marshes, and windswept pines.

Jared Yarnall-Schane

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

Overview

Make sure you take some pictures at Indian Wells Overlook, and enjoy the peaceful marsh!

Need to Know

Very wet year-round. Rocky ridges, so watch your footing!

Description

You can start this loop at either of the two Bear Meadows parking lots. Depending on which you choose, you can either start right on the Bear Meadows Loop trail, or the Jean Aron Path.

The first section of the trail is usually very wet (wear waterproof boots!), as you start circling the marsh.

You'll then turn left onto Gettis Trail, which marks the beginning of a steep ascent. You'll eventually meet up with the Mid-State Trail. Make sure you turn right onto the trail. You'll stay on the Mid-State for a while, crossing a road and passing numerous offshoot trails. Eventually you'll end up on rocky ridge called Indian Wells. Stop and take in the view!

Continue on the Mid-State until you reach Kettle Trail on your right. Take the steep downhill trail (very steep, you might want trekking poles). At the bottom you'll come upon Lonberger Path. Turn right onto the trail, and this will eventually reach an access road. You are now back at one of the parking lots! Continue on the Jean Aron Path if you parked in the other lot.

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Mar 11, 2020
Josh Braucht
All time favorite place in the State College area aside from Shingletown Gap. Absolutely amazing in all weather and all seasons, dress for a swampy… 3mi — 2h 00m
Sep 6, 2019
Andy Watson
Jul 27, 2019
Garima Singal
9.5mi — 6h 30m
May 24, 2019
Abdullah Redwan
Beautiful Overlooks. Dozens of places to camp. Trails offer different types of sceneries. Best hike I've been on yet.

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Indian Wells Vista
Nov 5, 2018 near Boalsburg, PA
Jean Aron
Apr 21, 2018 near Boalsburg, PA
Indian Wells Vista rocks
Nov 5, 2018 near Boalsburg, PA
Indian Wells Overlook
Mar 10, 2018 near Boalsburg, PA

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