Wolf Rocks Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lincoln Twp, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
This 9.9-mile hike follows several trails of the Laurel Highlands Trail System in Forbes State Forest. The hike includes Wolf Rocks and Beam Rocks, which are rock outcrops with scenic views. The hike is rated as moderate because trails in Forbes State Forest are often rocky and overgrown. From the trailhead in Laurel Summit State Park, the hike follows the Fish Run Trail westward. The route then turns eastward at the Hobblebush trail. From the end of the Hobblebush trail, the route heads northwest along the western leg of the Wolf Rocks Loop, which leads to the scenic overlook at Wolf Rocks. After backtracking from Wolf Rocks, the route follows the eastern branch of the Wolf Rocks Loop to the Spruce Flats Trail. The route follows the Spruce Flats Trail to J. E. Miller Road and then turns right onto the road. The route briefly follows the road before turning northeast on the Silvermine Trail. From the Silvermine Trail, the route continues northeast on the Black Bear Trail. About 0.5 miles along the Black Bear Trail, the route follows an unmarked trail for about 100 yards to Laurel Summit Road. A parking area is on the other side of the road with a short trail leading to the Beam Rocks scenic overlook. From Beam Rocks, the route follows the Laurel Highlands Trail. The route then turns northeast on PW&S Grade Road. PW&S Grade Road turns into Laurel Summit Road, which returns to the trailhead. Scenery along the trails is typical of Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands and includes hardwood trees, rhododendron, mountain laurel, and sandstone boulders. The area is remote enough, and trail traffic is light enough that wildlife sightings are possible. The Wolf Rocks and Beam Rocks overlooks are large sandstone outcrops that provide sweeping views of the stream valleys below. The Beam Rocks outcrop is also suitable for climbing.
Only did the Wolf Rocks Trail (not the connectors to Beam Rocks).
It's a great loop just over 4 miles and the overlook at the end is rewarding (and great spot to stop for lunch!). Took a little under 2 hours for the entire trail at a moderate pace. Very flat, and especially on the loop side there's quite a bit of rocks, but they make for an interesting terrain. I'd like to see it in the summer when everything is growing - looks like it would be beautiful! Hiked both on a frigid below zero day, and an unseasonably warm January day - both enjoyable.
If you're parked at the trailhead, be sure to take a quick walk to the bog as well while you're there (past the picnic area).
Rough terrain but I had a rich and rewarding experience being the longest trail I've conquered to date.
Very pretty view about 2.3 miles out. The trail is relatively flat as well which makes it an easy hike. There are sharp rocks and roots throughout the path, so wear something sturdy!
I don't know who or how the directions were made on how to get there from the "directions" option through the app I don't know but it is nowhere close to the trail
Many of the surrounding roads aren't well paved or are completely unpaved. We were short on time, so we parked at the gate on Rector Edie Road, which is the end of vehicle access on that road. From there, we walked on the "old" Rector Edie Road for about a mile before entering the smaller trail. (This route is much faster than entering Wolf Rocks Trail less than 1/4 mile up that same road.) The scenic point of the trail was a little less than a half mile from that entrance.
Pleasant view, even though all the trees were bare when we went. Our entire hike took about 1 hr and 45 mins to about 2 hrs.
A really cool trail! Liked it a lot.
easy and flat -- Beam Rocks fun to explore above and below the outcropping
nice easy loop 1/2 way is rock outcropping with pretty view
Beautiful and very exciting hike.
Very nice trail, some mud in spots when rainy, A good place to get away from noise and traffic.
This is a nice, easy trail that can be shortened with a topo and a little creativity. The trails cover rolling terrain on the ridge top, through mixed second growth forest and dense stands of rhododendron that are fantastic in the late spring. The vistas at the overlooks are spectacular, and sometimes accordingly popular and crowded--this is not a place to be alone; you will almost certainly see other parties on weekends. Autumn foliage is predictably beautiful. The hardest part of the hike is uneven portions--rocks and roots--on the Wolf Rocks sides, especially in autumn when those rocks and roots are covered in wet, fallen leaves. Finally, kids come out here and party at night, especially at beam rocks--do like we do, take a grocery bag with you and pick up the one of two pieces of trash you'll find. We do this on most hikes, anyway.