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Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail

 13 votes

69.1 Miles 111.2 Kilometers


Singletrack

8,652' 2,637 m

Ascent

-8,603' -2,622 m

Descent

2,966' 904 m

High

1,241' 378 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

Unknown

Update

The 70 Mile LHHT is a beast full of steep ascents and relentless technical terrain.

Kevin Ketchman

Overview

Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Views — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Description

The 70-mile hiking trail stretches along Laurel Mountain from the picturesque Youghiogheny River At Ohiopyle, Pa. to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown, Pa. The trail features overnight trail shelters that must be reserved in advance. Seasoned backpackers challenge themselves on the steep, rugged areas of the trails. Casual hikers and runners enjoy areas that are reasonably level and pleasant for walking.

The trail 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. Click here for more info.

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.

A hiker's guide to the Laurel Highlands Trail is available from the Sierra Club Allegheny Group. The guide describes the trail and aids in planning outings. Included in the guide are detailed topographic maps plus information on geology, climate, plants and wildlife.

Trailheads
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. For overnight use of the trail see the LHHT Regulations section.

Contacts

Land Manager: PA DCNR - Main Office

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Oct 19, 2017
Brett Gross
Hills. Lots of hills. 5mi
Oct 16, 2017
Kassi Lowther
Jul 29, 2017
Al Rowing
5mi
Jun 24, 2017
Aria Wang
Beautiful. There's some wet parts but manageable 11mi
Apr 19, 2017
Tony Gaudino
70mi
Apr 2, 2017
Larry Dribelbis
Mar 25, 2017
Gregg Don
Did from RT 31 parking to 7 Springs 4.6 mile includes from the stables to the lodge. Had a lunch buffet at main lodge then hiked back. Trail A+ 4.6mi — 2h 30m
Feb 19, 2017
Regis Kaufman
60 degree day, few fallen trees across the trail. Few chipmunks gave me a heart attack and very little people interaction, bliss 4.2mi

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  4.5 from 13 votes

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