Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail: Ohiopyle to Bidwell is a 11.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
This trail is on the other side of the Yough River Trail. Trailhead is right next to the Pub. Great scenery, good challenge.
This is a phenomenal hike! I've done this one several times and I've gone from 0-11.2 mi a few times.
I am actually looking for a trail hike guide for the hike from 0 to 11.2 mi - does anyone know where to find it?
This is perhaps one of the beautiful trails in this area. The start with a bit of white water, a view of trains, in fact, a first class view (period) makes this hike so worth it. The grade is at times like New Hampshire's difficult terrain, at other times, it's a pleasant walk in the park. Simply a gorgeous trail; the fall colors did not hurt either.
Solid little hike. Nothing grand nor technical, just laborious but in a good way. The footing is rather tiresome during the Fall, for the roots and rocks which are littered in an abundant fashion throughout, were covered by the beautifully fallen-colored leaves. This hike is not a destination hike, so be sure to enjoy the journey, for this is where contentment is to be discovered.
Certainly beautiful and gives you a great idea of what backpacking in this area would entail- Ups, downs, streams, rocks, roots, boulders, and quite a bit of the desired solitude one is searching for.
12.5 miles, 2,900ft
Only went to first overlook a little over two miles in. Had toddler on my back and even with the areas of steep climbs was doable. Hard enough to feel accomplished once completed. Recommend and want to do a larger portion later.
This is a section of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, from mile 0 to mile 6.3. It is very challenging, and one of my favorite regional hikes. The miles are marked by lovely cement markers with yellow numbers. There is a great overlook around 2.3, and to the left of the trail around mile 7.7. The most challenging uphill of this section is from mile 6 to 7.
We backpacked out to the shelter area and stayed for the night. This ended up being one of the toughest hikes I've done in PA. We did it in June and the temperature was in the upper 80's. The first day was really difficult and was mostly uphill the entire time. It really took a lot out of the group. The constant sound and flying of cicadas probably didn't help either.
Section of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.