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The 13,625-acre Laurel Ridge State Park stretches along Laurel Mountain from the picturesque Youghiogheny River At Ohiopyle, PA to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown, PA. This large park spans Cambria, Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties. The main feature of the park is the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, which features trail shelters for overnight camping.

hiking
14 days ago

Love this trail. Spots are muddy, some hills and part of the path you walk over lots of rocks. Lots of things to see, definitely not a boring trail. Love the view from Wolf Rocks. Spots can be a little overgrown with thorn bushes and some spots you have to walk through mud so wear good boots.

hiking
30 days ago

Very clear and well kept trail. Incredible views from the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Wolf rocks is a great place for a 2-3 hour loop trail hike and looking for a great view at the end of it! It’s perfect for a mild to moderate hike. Just be prepared to climb around on the large rocks at the end. Wear good footwear and be sure to have good footing! Nothing to catch you if you fall!

hiking
1 month ago

Overall it was a nice trail, nothing spectacular when we went but could see the views being better in early spring or late fall. Typical PA trail with lots of "rocks" embedded in the trail which makes taking your eyes off the trail in order to appreciate the surroundings harder. Some spots it was easy to get off trail but nothing you can't easily double back on to correct the situation. There's a really nice clearing about 1.5 miles in with great wind. This section takes you to the camping site around mile 65 which allows you to stop and eat/drink before doubling back to the trail head.

Very nice section of the LHHT. Mild variations in elevation and the shelter area is well laid out.

This is to be an awesome place to take novelist mountain bikers and to go horse riding. It had a little bit of everything. Then somebody with their Infinite Wisdom decided to make it off limits to everybody except hikers. This caused all the trails to get overgrown with weeds and jager bushs. Very sad.

This is to be an awesome place to take novelist mountain bikers and to go horse riding. It had a little bit of everything. Then somebody with their Infinite Wisdom decided to make it off limits to everybody except hikers. This caused all the trails to get overgrown with weeds and jager bushs. Very sad.

trail running
3 months ago

10/10 trail run. 100% runnable. Rooty and craggy, be careful. Fell 1x and tripped 6x. Beautiful fern forest, diverse and well marked / cleared trail. Top views and rocks at the end. Be careful timber rattlers here at the rocks overlook please check your surroundings before taking in the views. If you choose to scramble on the rocks check hand and foot placements carefully. 4.4 miles minimal elevation change. Perfect perfect perfect.

4 months ago

beautiful overlook. watch for Timber rattlesnakes. can get muddy but still a favorite.

We make this hike yearly to picnic on the rocks. Gorgeous hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Took about two hours at moderate pace. Make sure you have some water and hiking shoes preferable but sneakers are ok. Take a left at the loop to do more difficult section first. View worth the trip!

Nice easy hike after the initial rocky start. Better view and spirit than Beam Rocks.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice, mostly flat hike to a fantastic overlook. Roads to the trailhead parking lot are rough. I entered the GPS coordinates for the trailhead into my car's GPS, and it ended up taking me down a series of gravel roads until the road became someone's private driveway. I had to turn around and try a different direction until I was rerouted onto Laurel Summit Rd.

There is plenty of parking at trailhead. Trail is well marked and easy to follow. There are a lot of rocks on this trail. You will be stepping over/on them the entire hike. We started the hike at 8:30am and got to the shelter area around lunchtime. We ate our packed lunches in the shelter area and then headed back. It was a great day hike for November.

hiking
Monday, October 23, 2017

I did part of this as a day hike. Highway 30 to a mile south of I-76, out and back, about 10 miles each way. Trail is like most PA trails with a lot of small rocks to step on, over, and around. Only good view is on top of Beam Rocks. Not much elevation gain. Lots of shade. Several connector trails along the way in case you don’t want to do it all.

hiking
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Lots of rocks but a nice little trail with some great views

hiking
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

It was a serene hike and not very busy great view to hike to but be careful once you get to the rocks no safety net watch where you step lots of tree roots and rocks

hiking
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fantastic in and out hike. This is my go to option when I have a few hours on a weekend or something. The view from the rocks is beautiful year round and the actual hike is very doable. Long stretches of laurel and rhododendron tunnels. Long stretches of ferns which look beautiful in the fall when they change to yellow. Grab a book and head out for a few hours on the rocks, but be careful for rattler snakes in the colder months, they sun themselves on the rocks!

backpacking
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Awsome view

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Great trail! The loop is pretty rocky however, so be prepared to watch where your feet are falling, but the trail portion is well groomed and significantly less full of rocks, and the view at the overlook portion is absolutely fantastic, maybe one of the best overlooks in West PA and it blows away Beams Rocks for sure!

hiking
Monday, August 28, 2017

Great hike - went with kids (6 and 8 yr old) and they did great. If you are going with kids, recommend you go counter clock-wise (keep on wolf rocks trails and on the way back come thru wolf rocks loop). If you start out on wolf rocks loop, its a climb and would be difficult with younger kids.
Also while at Wolf Rocks keep an eye out for rattle snakes! You are in the wild and be alert!

hiking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

This is a nice hike with interesting features of laurel (!:)), rock formations, crossing of small streams on wooden bridges. It's the LHHT so it's well blazed and maintained. Only saw one other person on the trail. You hear turkeys. Plenty of fungi this time of year with the rain we've had. Also, on this hike I didn't see a lake ....I think the lake folks see is towards mile marker 12 and 13.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

I did this trail over the weekend it was very well marked, and easy to follow the loop. The trail itself is rocky in parts, but its nothing to rough at all mostly its a nice wide trail easy for anyone to hike. When you get to Wolf Rocks the view is nice and there are rocks you can climb on if you want to get a better vantage point. I would hike this again it was easy, fun, and worth the view.

backpacking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

I hiked this section out-and-back as my first solo backpacking trip. It was lovely and there was plenty of stream crossings to get water. I went after multiple consecutive days of rain which means long stretches of the trail were flooded. (One part of the trail looked like a waterfall there was so much water streaming down it!). With all the rain and water in the highlands, I recommend gaiters! Beautiful trail. I hammock camped at the Turnpike shelter area. The group camping sites have plenty of space for multiple tents and enough trees to string up some hammocks. Highly recommend!

Great views from lookout

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

Trail is becoming overgrown in July 2017. Had to beat back brambles and other jagger bushes with a stick before taking steps. Not a very pleasant hike in shorts.

Possibly nicer in early spring or fall when there is less vegetation, but in summer time this trail is an exercise in frustration.

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

Visited the trail over the first week of July 2017. Lots of ankle-knee high weeds, grass, jagger bushes. Also lots of wildflowers and butterflies flying around.

I suppose you have to take the good with the bad but I would advise wearing long pants if you are planning to hike this in mid summer. I bet in early spring or fall the trail is clearer with less vegetation growing over it.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Great hike. Nice scenery.

Monday, May 15, 2017

the views were amazing alot of wildlife

backpacking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Awesome trail! Started in Seward and stopped at the turnpike shelters. One thing to note is that the hand pump at Rt. 31 shelter area needs to be pumped quite a few times to draw water. We walked out to Rt. 31 and got water at Wallops before realizing this.

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