Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail: Ohiopyle to Bidwell

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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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3123 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This trail is on the other side of the Yough River Trail. Trailhead is right next to the Pub. Great scenery, good challenge.

hiking
12 days ago

I've been hiking this portion of the LHHT for years. If you start on the trailhead behind Falls City Pub and go about 2 1/2 miles, you'll come to an absolutely beautiful lookout. This trail is definitely not for a new hiker and sturdy shoes are a must.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I've been hiking this trail -- and this portion of the trail -- for 20 years. It's a great work out, with lots of uphills and downhills, and an occasional spectacular view. Definitely not for a new hiker and I recommend good hiking shoes, though I've seen folks out there barefoot. (Amazing.) Bring some water. If you have knee or heart issues, this is probably not the hike for you.

hiking
1 month ago

Greatly enjoyed this trail! I only went to mile 5 and ended up running from 4-10. Couple steep parts but nothing too bad, just don't be silly and wear improper shoes. Enjoy!

2 months ago

I made it to mile marker 5 before heading back. This trail literally took everything I had to finish.

backpacking
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backpacking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

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?

hiking
9 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

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

10 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

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.

backpacking
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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.