Laurel Highland Hiking Trail: Grindle Ridge to Rt. 31

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Forbes State Forest

Laurel Highland Hiking Trail: Grindle Ridge to Rt. 31 is a 14.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rockwood, Pennsylvania that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 14.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,316 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

This was such a fun but challenging trail. Went 6 miles in and 6 miles out. Around mile 3 you come across an awesome rock wall maze almost, then the lookout makes the hike all worth it!

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snow
3 months ago

We sort of stumbled on to this trail while waiting for people. We did the section that included signs for the shooting area. The trail itself was beautiful. The snow was still laying nicely on the branches. The hike was easy. A few elevation gains made it a little more fun for us. The only downfall to this section of the trail is the gun fire. You are completely safe but the sound takes away from the experience a bit. All in all a great hike. We are very excited to explore more of this trail in the future.

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snow
3 months ago

Lovely trail fairly gentle elevation change. It was particularly nice with an inch or so of fresh snow. The only negative was the snow blowers in the face while crossing seven springs resort.

hiking
8 months ago

Well maintained and mostly flat. There is one view at a spot 4.7 miles in from seven springs. Dogs do not need to be leashed.

backpacking
Wed Aug 01 2018

Nice hike for an overnight backpacking trip. Trail can be pretty muddy in wet weather, especially around Seven Springs where morons tear it up on bicycles despite the signs saying not to. The steep descent and equally steep ascent around the 6 mile mark is pretty tough.

hiking
Mon Nov 07 2016

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.

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