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Climbing a mountain could be considered a means of exercise or exploration, but for some, climbing a mountain is a tradition. Known by many students, faculty and alumni as an annual tradition, this mountain can provide one of the most amazing views of Happy Valley. According to the mountain’s website, the mountain became a conservancy back in 1945. The Lion’s Paw Alumni Association saved about 525 acres of the mountain from being lumbered and becoming residential. The reason for conserving the mountain was to help Centre County and future Penn Staters enjoy the great outdoors. The start of some of the trails could prove tricky for the first time climber. However, once you reach the top of the mountain, it is smooth sailing. Many of the trails are well-marked and easy to follow with signs.  But as a caution, watch out for the water at the entrance, rocks on the way up, and keep an eye on weather for current conditions before your hike. Comfortable clothing is a plus. See website for more information.

View of Mount Nittany from Campus

View of Happy Valley from Mount Nittany