LHHT-Rt. 653 to Grindle Ridge

MODERATE 9 reviews
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LHHT-Rt. 653 to Grindle Ridge is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rockwood, Pennsylvania that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.7 miles
554 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


trail running


Fairly level trek along ridge w/ several overlooks and rock mazes. (5 miles) The yellow-blazed Laurel Highland Hiking Trail covers 70 miles from Ohiopyle State Park north to Seward. This review covers the 5.2 mile section between PA Route 653 and the Grindle Ridge Shelter Area. The two most interesting features of this section of the trail are the rocky overlooks of Middle Fork and a Rock Maze. The broken geology is damage done during the last Ice Age when this section of Pennsylvania was tundra and subjected to freeze-thaw cycles that 12,000 year later make the trail rocky and tough on the feet. The trail designers take some delight in the terrain by running the trail through these huge cracks in the stone rather than taking the easier route around them.When the trail is hot, these rocky corridors can be significantly cooler although they also harbor colonies of mosquitos. The cross trail's marked with orange disks are for cross-country skiing. The consession at the 653 parking area is open during the weekends during the winter.

2 months ago

Very nice section of the LHHT. Mild variations in elevation and the shelter area is well laid out.

11 months ago

There is plenty of parking at trailhead. Trail is well marked and easy to follow. There are a lot of rocks on this trail. You will be stepping over/on them the entire hike. We started the hike at 8:30am and got to the shelter area around lunchtime. We ate our packed lunches in the shelter area and then headed back. It was a great day hike for November.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Great views from lookout

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Monday, April 13, 2015