LHHT-Grindle Ridge to Rt. 31 is a 6.5 mile point-to-point trail located near Rockwood, PA and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until November.
Scenic trail through Seven Springs resort & two springs along the way. (7 miles) The yellow-blazed Laurel Highland Hiking Trail covers 70 miles from Ohiopyle State Park north to Seward. This review covers the 6.6 mile section between the Grindle Ridge Shelter Area and PA Route 31. This section of trail cuts right through the slopes of the Seven Springs Ski Resort. Once the snows are gone, so too are the people and you have the slopes all to yourself. And it's not called Seven Springs for nothing. There are two springs near the trail, one of which burbles out of the ground an arms-length off the trail. The resort uses the springs to fuel their snow making machines during the ski season but you can use them to replenish your water supply as it can get hot on the exposed slopes. Just North of the Grindle Ridge Shelters where the trail crosses Blue Hole Creek is an excelent place to sit on a rock and soak your feet in the crisp waters. Even in the summer the water is probably too cold to imerse more than that.
Nice hike with enough elevation gains and losses to make it interesting but not too difficult. The most confusing section of the trail is when it leads out onto the top of seven springs resort. Depending on the way you are heading you will either want to look for the horse stables at the top of the parking lot or if coming from the stable area hike to the top of the resorts main lift and you will see a pond near the Foggy Goggle lodge. Follow this pond around and it will have a few signs on the other side near the condos. Planning on doing the entire LHHT sometime next year.