Wolf Rocks Trail

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Wolf Rocks Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lincoln Twp, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
255 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

This 9.9-mile hike follows several trails of the Laurel Highlands Trail System in Forbes State Forest. The hike includes Wolf Rocks and Beam Rocks, which are rock outcrops with scenic views. The hike is rated as moderate because trails in Forbes State Forest are often rocky and overgrown. From the trailhead in Laurel Summit State Park, the hike follows the Fish Run Trail westward. The route then turns eastward at the Hobblebush trail. From the end of the Hobblebush trail, the route heads northwest along the western leg of the Wolf Rocks Loop, which leads to the scenic overlook at Wolf Rocks. After backtracking from Wolf Rocks, the route follows the eastern branch of the Wolf Rocks Loop to the Spruce Flats Trail. The route follows the Spruce Flats Trail to J. E. Miller Road and then turns right onto the road. The route briefly follows the road before turning northeast on the Silvermine Trail. From the Silvermine Trail, the route continues northeast on the Black Bear Trail. About 0.5 miles along the Black Bear Trail, the route follows an unmarked trail for about 100 yards to Laurel Summit Road. A parking area is on the other side of the road with a short trail leading to the Beam Rocks scenic overlook. From Beam Rocks, the route follows the Laurel Highlands Trail. The route then turns northeast on PW&S Grade Road. PW&S Grade Road turns into Laurel Summit Road, which returns to the trailhead. Scenery along the trails is typical of Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands and includes hardwood trees, rhododendron, mountain laurel, and sandstone boulders. The area is remote enough, and trail traffic is light enough that wildlife sightings are possible. The Wolf Rocks and Beam Rocks overlooks are large sandstone outcrops that provide sweeping views of the stream valleys below. The Beam Rocks outcrop is also suitable for climbing.

3 months ago

Nice easy hike after the initial rocky start. Better view and spirit than Beam Rocks.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice, mostly flat hike to a fantastic overlook. Roads to the trailhead parking lot are rough. I entered the GPS coordinates for the trailhead into my car's GPS, and it ended up taking me down a series of gravel roads until the road became someone's private driveway. I had to turn around and try a different direction until I was rerouted onto Laurel Summit Rd.

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of rocks but a nice little trail with some great views

hiking
4 months ago

It was a serene hike and not very busy great view to hike to but be careful once you get to the rocks no safety net watch where you step lots of tree roots and rocks

hiking
5 months ago

Fantastic in and out hike. This is my go to option when I have a few hours on a weekend or something. The view from the rocks is beautiful year round and the actual hike is very doable. Long stretches of laurel and rhododendron tunnels. Long stretches of ferns which look beautiful in the fall when they change to yellow. Grab a book and head out for a few hours on the rocks, but be careful for rattler snakes in the colder months, they sun themselves on the rocks!

backpacking
5 months ago

Awsome view

5 months ago

Great trail! The loop is pretty rocky however, so be prepared to watch where your feet are falling, but the trail portion is well groomed and significantly less full of rocks, and the view at the overlook portion is absolutely fantastic, maybe one of the best overlooks in West PA and it blows away Beams Rocks for sure!

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike - went with kids (6 and 8 yr old) and they did great. If you are going with kids, recommend you go counter clock-wise (keep on wolf rocks trails and on the way back come thru wolf rocks loop). If you start out on wolf rocks loop, its a climb and would be difficult with younger kids.
Also while at Wolf Rocks keep an eye out for rattle snakes! You are in the wild and be alert!

5 months ago

I did this trail over the weekend it was very well marked, and easy to follow the loop. The trail itself is rocky in parts, but its nothing to rough at all mostly its a nice wide trail easy for anyone to hike. When you get to Wolf Rocks the view is nice and there are rocks you can climb on if you want to get a better vantage point. I would hike this again it was easy, fun, and worth the view.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike. Nice scenery.

9 months ago

the views were amazing alot of wildlife

10 months ago

not too difficult. rocky path most of the way. great view

hiking
Monday, January 23, 2017

Only did the Wolf Rocks Trail (not the connectors to Beam Rocks).
It's a great loop just over 4 miles and the overlook at the end is rewarding (and great spot to stop for lunch!). Took a little under 2 hours for the entire trail at a moderate pace. Very flat, and especially on the loop side there's quite a bit of rocks, but they make for an interesting terrain. I'd like to see it in the summer when everything is growing - looks like it would be beautiful! Hiked both on a frigid below zero day, and an unseasonably warm January day - both enjoyable.
If you're parked at the trailhead, be sure to take a quick walk to the bog as well while you're there (past the picnic area).

hiking
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Rough terrain but I had a rich and rewarding experience being the longest trail I've conquered to date.

hiking
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Very pretty view about 2.3 miles out. The trail is relatively flat as well which makes it an easy hike. There are sharp rocks and roots throughout the path, so wear something sturdy!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

I don't know who or how the directions were made on how to get there from the "directions" option through the app I don't know but it is nowhere close to the trail

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Many of the surrounding roads aren't well paved or are completely unpaved. We were short on time, so we parked at the gate on Rector Edie Road, which is the end of vehicle access on that road. From there, we walked on the "old" Rector Edie Road for about a mile before entering the smaller trail. (This route is much faster than entering Wolf Rocks Trail less than 1/4 mile up that same road.) The scenic point of the trail was a little less than a half mile from that entrance.

Pleasant view, even though all the trees were bare when we went. Our entire hike took about 1 hr and 45 mins to about 2 hrs.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Beautiful hike

hiking
Monday, November 02, 2015

A really cool trail! Liked it a lot.

hiking
Friday, October 09, 2015

easy and flat -- Beam Rocks fun to explore above and below the outcropping

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