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blueBlack Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail


69.1 mile 111.2 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 8,652' 2,637 m
Descent: -8,603' -2,622 m
High: 2,966' 904 m
Low: 1,241' 378 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)


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Trail shared by Kevin Ketchman

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

Kevin Ketchman

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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.

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.

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Jun 1, 2019
Christopher Deis
Finished a four day Sobo
May 31, 2019
Jeff Sutton
conn rd. drop off pick up in Ohio pyle 10mi
May 4, 2019
Philip McConnell
Feb 11, 2019
Ed Shaffer
Jan 27, 2019
Matthew Stanko
Oct 25, 2018
Peter Pritchyk
completed entire trail north to south. 70mi
Sep 3, 2018
Matthew Wendling
Hiked SOBO from mile 70 to mile 31, with overnights at 271 shelter and Turnpike shelter. The middle day was 20 miles, and fairly brutal. 42mi — 20h 15m
Jul 21, 2018
Christine Neilan

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