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Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail

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

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2,966' 904 m


1,241' 378 m


8,652' 2,637 m


8,603' 2,622 m



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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.


Land Manager: PA DCNR - Main Office

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Kevin Ketchman

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Serene waters on the Laurel Highlands Trail
Sep 7, 2016 near Ohiopyle, PA
Great view of the Youghiogheny River valley
Mar 30, 2015 near Ohiopyle, PA
Just off the trail, a cemetery is maintained and still visited. A piece of history of the area.
Jun 13, 2015 near Ohiopyle, PA
Gorgeous vista at Laurel Ridge
Sep 7, 2016 near South C…, PA
Part of the trail route
Oct 16, 2019 near Ohiopyle, PA
Sunlight weaves its way through the thick canopy, catching hints of mist along Lick Run.  A short series of switchbacks lead to this gem, where the cold water in summer offers a brief respite from an otherwise absurdly humid trail.
Jul 20, 2015 near Ohiopyle, PA


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Oct 24, 2020
Rocky Taylor
My first thru hike, 6 months after having a heart attack. An amazing experience on a beautiful trail.. 69.1mi
Oct 11, 2020
Brian Blankenship
Oct 8, 2020
Edward Smith
Sep 16, 2020
Adam Peters
Great trail. Shelters are nice as are the campsites though some of the connectors are a bit long. Highly recommend. Pack for rain... the trail seem… 69.1mi — 96h 00m
Jul 2, 2020
Charlie Strauser
Sep 29, 2019
Brian Lawrence
10.2mi — 4h 16m
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