Blue Knob is Pennsylvania's second highest peak to Mt. Davis
and is located between Altoona and Johnstown
. It is sixty-seven feet shorter than its' larger neighbor. This mountain, although not the highest in the state, is a gigantic peak for Pennsylvania. There are only a few points in the state that rise above 3,000 ft. with Mt. Davis and Blue Knob being the highest of the points. Blue Knob is home to the Blue Knob State Park as well as the Blue Knob Ski Resort. It is one of the best places to ski in PA. As for trails, this mountain is full of them. Seventeen miles of trails stretch around the summit and many other trails branch into different directions on the mountain. One of the most popular routes to the 3,146 foot summit, is the Three Sisters Trail. From the top, views extend up to forty-two miles on a clear day in many directions. Also, the Allegheny Font Trail is nearby and that provides many scenic vistas all along its' path. The trails to the summit all provide a little bit of rugged terrain, but for the most part are easy class one trails. This mountain is well worth a summit bid just for the views alone.
From east and west get onto the PA Turnpike/I-76
and get off at the Bedford
exit. Follow the signs to the park.
Check out this map!
There are no permits required to summit this mountain unless you intend to ski. Since this is a PA state park, all rules for conservation apply. Follow the "LEAVE NO TRACE"
system and you'll be fine. Pack it in and pack it out.
When To Climb
This mountain is climbable anytime of year. In winter snow shoes will be needed depending upon snowfall conditions. Fall is a good time to hike this mountain because of the foliage.
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