66 miles
Distance
11,888 ft
Climb
-11,816 ft
Descent
2,973 ft
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  • Riding Area
    Laurel Highlands
    Seven Springs, Pennsylvania
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed

The 70-mile hiking trail stretches along Laurel Mountain from the picturesque Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle State Park to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown. Seasoned backpackers challenge themselves on the steep, rugged areas of the trails. Casual hikers enjoy areas that are reasonably level and pleasant for walking.

The trail is the main feature of Laurel Ridge State Park. It traverses state parks, state forests, state game lands, other public lands, and private lands. The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is a major segment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, a network of trails between the mouth of the Potomac River and the Allegheny Highlands.

The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is open year-round and is blazed approximately every 100 feet with 2-inch and 5-inch yellow blazes. Connector trails lead to and from trailheads and shelter areas and are marked with blue blazes. Mileage monuments are every mile. Yellow bands around trees mark the trail at every major road crossing.

Six trailheads provide 30-car parking lots, overnight parking and trash receptacles.

Voluntary day use registration mailboxes are located in each of the trailheads for day hikers to fill out information cards for vital park attendance data and for use in an emergency.

source: PaDCNR
More Stats for Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail hike trail
  • Altitude change
    72 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,217 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,217 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,289 ft
  • Grade
    0.021%
  • Grade max
    -48.275%
  • Grade min
    70.222%
  • Distance climb
    32 miles
  • Distance down
    32 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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