LHHT-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.
Plenty of streams which means also plenty of hills. (8 miles) The yellow-blazed Laural Highland Hiking Trail covers 70 miles from Ohiopyle State Park north to Seward. This review 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. When I was younger, it was also younger and there were many trees sticking up out of the water. Most have fallen since then but a few remain with bird houses. Mile marker 15 is right beside a bridge across Harbaugh Run and is an excelent place to soak your feet. Of course, with all the streams, one is also often climbing up out of valleys. The terrain isn't very rugged except for the short section between the 653 Shelters and the highway itself which climbs several hundred feet in a tenth of a mile. There are some rock steps to make the climb easier but when you're hiking South, going down those steps at the end of a day can be brutal on the shins.