With more than 70 miles to backpack, hike and explore, the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (LHHT) takes visitors through state parks and forests to experience challenging terrain and natural beauty.
There is so much to do and see on the LHHT, so we put together this short guide with some tips, events, suggested routes and photo ops that can enhance your trail experience.
Do you need help planning your hike? Contact our outdoor guru, Stacey Magda, at 724-238-5661 x111.
Bring your camera! The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail offers some truly unforgettable sights. Hike to the appropriate mile marker to check them out!
Hiking 70 miles can be intimidating, so we developed a short day hike to see some of the best spots on the trail without big changes in elevation and with plenty of places to bail out and catch a shuttle if you need to.
Park at Laurel Ridge State Park, just off of Route 30. This will have you at about mile 46 on your LHHT map. Head south on the trail towards Forbes State Forest to Mile 40 where you’ll be able to take in Beam Rocks and Spruce Run, two of the most popular stops on the trail. Short detours from mile 40 will take you to Spruce Flats Bog, home to insect-eating plants, Laurel Summit, with a commanding view 2,739 feet above sea level, and Wolf Rocks, also great for rock climbing.
If you’re an expert hiker, the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail has plenty of ways to challenge you. See how well you can pack for an out-and-back and conquer 140 miles of terrain. Try trail running, where visitors run as much of the LHHT as they can in one day with little to no equipment. For a group experience, check out the LHHT events described below.
Every year, the LHHT is host to a variety of unique events to challenge expert hikers or teach beginners how to get started! The Laurel Highlands Ultra is an annual 70.5-mile run for both individuals and relay racers. The Crucible is a three-day extreme journey through the LHHT with a gull gear pack through all 70 miles, with proceeds benefiting veterans. Find these and more events on our events calendar.
The Laurel Highlands community and partners are here to make your hike on the LHHT a success. Find maps, shelter reservations and more general information on the DCNR’s website. Get hiking gear and shuttle service to any Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail trailhead with Wilderness Voyageurs. Maple Leaf Outfitters is unique in that their shuttle will take you from your accommodations to your trailhead and then back to your lodging at the end of the night.