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Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail: Ohiopyle to Bidwell

HARD 83 reviews
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Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail: Ohiopyle to Bidwell is a 11.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, bird watching, and backpacking 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: 2,749 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

bird watching

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
rocky
27 days ago

Great trail. A lot of strenuous uphill climbs, but worth it!

hiking
blowdown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Great hike, it’s pretty much up hill the whole way to the look out (3 miles in). But worth the climb!

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

definitely a hard trail... it's the start of the LHHT and to the first shelter it's all straight up hill until a creek.... really nice challenge but hard I didn't have a lot of training and I did it so you can too!

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

I loved this trail. It is a great hike to do if you are training. Most of it is uphill. I only hiked to the lookout point and turned around. It was beautiful. Definitely will go back and hike more.

hiking
5 months ago

a little muddy with recent rain. wear good shoes as the trail is uneven a d rocky. Great water flows from the mountain.

hiking
5 months ago

Very good workout. The trail was well managed, but possibly mismarked, distance wise. The map on alltrails shows 11.2 miles, but the turnaround point at the campsite is not until 6.3 miles (and a couple hundred feet more), making it about 12-13 miles total out and back. The miles markers on the trail support this, but the map and my phone's GPS dictated closer to 11 miles (possibly inaccurate due to lost signal and cloud cover). Who is right? Unsure, but it was a heck of a workout either way. Nice scenery, bring good hiking boots. Only one or two places for a good lookout. I was warned about snakes, but did not see any.

backpacking
Fri Oct 19 2018

Holy moly - what a hard trail - so fun though! Great hike into the shelter area, camp overnight, and hike back out the next morning. THERE IS NO DRINKING WATER AVAILABLE AT SHELTERS! There is a nice stream very close by though, lots of water available just make sure you bring tablets or a filter and you’ll be good to go :)

hiking
Sat Sep 01 2018

I just did this trail yesterday and it was definitely a challenge! Felt like a bada** mountain hiker. And the overlook at around 2.2 miles in was sooo worth it! Stopped there on the way back for a few mins to rest & recharge before finishing the last leg. Met some cool people along the way and made for a fun day trip at Ohiopyle.

Mon Jun 25 2018

I did this hike out to Mile 0 after starting at 70 the week prior. The hills are rough, but some beautiful views. The coming down to the shelter from mile 7 is brutal! An awesome hike! These last 6.5 miles, in my opinion, aren’t as a beautiful walk as the rest of the trail but still beautiful. Be sure to wear good shoes and carry water!

Sat Apr 07 2018

Great challenge. As a beginner it was very tough. But we made it to the 6.4 mile spent the night then back out for some burgers and icecream at a great little place by the viewing spot. Took everything we had to get back. Not a good beginner trail but great views none the less!

backpacking
Sat Nov 25 2017

Amazing trail, amazing views. Definitely challenging on the hills and not too much flat hiking except up in the ridge. Hiked in to the shelter area for an overnight and back the following morning. I think the first big climb on the return hike is the worst..."switchback mountain".

hiking
Fri Aug 11 2017

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
Thu Jul 13 2017

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
Tue Jul 04 2017

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!

Mon Jun 05 2017

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

hiking
Thu Nov 03 2016

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
Wed Oct 26 2016

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
Tue Oct 25 2016

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

hiking
Sun Sep 04 2016

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
Sun Aug 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
Tue Jun 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.

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