Laurel Highland Hiking Trail: Maple Summit Rd. to Rt. 653

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Laurel Ridge State Park

Laurel Highland Hiking Trail: Maple Summit Rd. to Rt. 653 is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Confluence, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,896 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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The yellow-blazed Laural Highland Hiking Trail covers 70 miles from Ohiopyle State Park north to Seward. This hike covers the 7.6 mile section between Maple Summit Road and PA Route 653. This section of the trail always seems to be near water. There is a small unnamed lake near Cranberry Glade Lake. Mile marker 15 is right beside a bridge across Harbaugh Run and is an excellent place to soak your feet.

Exceptional trail! But be prepared if you plan to go down to the shelter at mile marker 6, because you have to come back up. It’s worth it though! Brink trekking poles if you’ve got them. Fairly well travelled, but still enough seclusion. Look down near creek crossings—you may see an eastern newt.

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1 month ago

Started the trail early. The first half mile is a quiet forest. then downhill to a pine forest and a beautiful creek. some mud. some larger rocks and the down hill again to another creek. Mile 13 takes you uphill again to a large grouping of trees down across the trail. The pup handled it like a trooper. then onto the beautiful lake. After the lake its uphill again. Mile 14 you can see the windmills then it's downhill through a small wooded area. As you climb up to a relatively sparce area with a lot of jaggers. then down through a quiet forest. Mile 15 was beautiful. Water crossings. wooden bridges, rock passages, and another steep incline. levels off then I turned around right before a road.

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muddy
Mon May 27 2019

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Thu Apr 04 2019

Out Ridge running ... removing gallen brush from the winter.

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Thu Mar 28 2019

I love the rocky cliffs north of mile 18 and near mile. Some places like mile 17 look magical. Was Ridge running clearing debris from 653 to mile 16 ... and sending a report about areas needing attention.

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Thu Feb 07 2019

Maintenance

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Sun Aug 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.

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Sun Jun 26 2016

Decent trail. Plenty of beautiful creeks. No view of a large lake as someone's photo shows.

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Tue Aug 28 2018