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Wolf Rocks Trail

MODERATE 156 reviews
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Wolf Rocks Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Somerset, Pennsylvania that features a river 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: 272 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

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.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Beautiful lookout!! Slightly muddy right now but well worth it!

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Good trail, very well marked. Extremely rocky on the Wolf Rocks loop side, but gentler on the Wolf Trail side. Highly trafficked- almost as many people as there are rocks! Great view at the end though. As other reviewers have stated, wear good footwear! Very nice overall area.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Great trail for a brisk hike

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
bugs
rocky
3 months ago

Trail was very muddy and rocky and not well marked. Lots of spiderwebs and bugs as well, which isnt bad compared to all the graffiti on the rocks and trees. But it was quiet and green and a nice escape from town.

ran into a timberwpod rattlesnake. Be careful.

hiking
muddy
rocky
5 months ago

Beautiful day! We went to the left to start the loop. It was rocky but doable and the moss was very pretty. We did the hike in 2 hrs. which included a 10 min. stop 1/2 way to enjoy the rocks/view. In a couple of weeks it will be beautiful with the Mountain Laurel in bloom. We took the opposite loop back and it was quite muddy that is why I am giving this a 4 out of 5. We did not see any rattlesnakes, bears or any wildlife but it was a very nice hike.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

Very nice loop. It took 2 hours for us. We took a wrong fork and actually took the bobcat trail and logging road back for a bit but it was a nice open view. A quiet hike with limited traffic on a beautiful Saturday. Recommend hiking boots for the mud. No bears or rattlesnakes for us but the latter were said to be by the rocks at the lookout. We saw a deer and lots of flowering bushes/ferns/etc.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail just down the road from Raven Cliff Falls. Great view from the ridge line. Walked up on a bear (unintentionally) that bolted from the scene as soon as he saw us. The trail markers were white. I assumed that when they turned blue, we had reached the end. Will 100% be back.

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked this trail this past weekend. Recommend, as others have said, going left at the Y (clockwise loop) and doing the harder, rockier half first. The second half is much more muddy than the rocky first half. (Although the mud was not an issue when I went, it was beginning to dry and firm up--it had been ~5 days since the last rain.) The moss-dappled rocks themselves were quite beautiful. Pretty trail and nice outlook at the midway. Views are not breathtaking in my opinion but nice. Ran into about half a dozen other groups of people making this moderate traffic to my mind. Many greenbriers along the trail as others have mentioned. Also what looked to be some baby raspberry plants. Personally they did not cause issues for us. Of course they may get out of control later in the season. Mountain laurel currently in bloom at the overlook and in a few spots along the trail. Laurel at the overlook is further along than that in the woods as they get near full sun. Many many ferns throughout. Rhododendrons stretches, of which there are multiple, not even budding yet. Overall, this is an easy trail with a rocky, watch-your-step first half.

hiking
muddy
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Loved this trail! Did it while snow was still on the ground and it made a really nice wintery hike

hiking
6 months ago

Very pretty trail. I recommend it for an easy to moderate two hour hike. Wear boots as it is muddy in places. If I were to do it again, I’d go to the left on the “loop trail” first as this direction is a little rockier and up and down than if you start off to the right. That’s just a personal preference though. Both directions make the loop so it really doesn’t matter. The overlook at the halfway point is probably gorgeous, however, rattlesnakes were blocking my access, so be on the lookout! All in all, nice trail. Beautiful ferns and not a tough trail at all.

hiking
6 months ago

Really, nice quiet trail over rocky trail that made the hike more interesting, but not too difficult. Moderate is a good description.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 months ago

Busy, but nice and easy quick loop trail. Perfect for leashed dogs, beware the sides of the trail are all jaggerbushes. Nice parking lot and beautiful drive through the state park. Definitely recommend this one but not sure I’d do it again.

I would recommend this trail to anyone looking for a two hour hike with a good view halfway through. The left-hand branch marked with red blazes will have overgrown sticker bushes as the season progresses. It is also more technical with a rocky base. Was a great hike.

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 months ago

9 months ago

Short but nice

hiking
Wed Oct 31 2018

Love this trail. Spots are muddy, some hills and part of the path you walk over lots of rocks. Lots of things to see, definitely not a boring trail. Love the view from Wolf Rocks. Spots can be a little overgrown with thorn bushes and some spots you have to walk through mud so wear good boots.

hiking
Mon Oct 15 2018

Very clear and well kept trail. Incredible views from the top!

hiking
Thu Sep 20 2018

Wolf rocks is a great place for a 2-3 hour loop trail hike and looking for a great view at the end of it! It’s perfect for a mild to moderate hike. Just be prepared to climb around on the large rocks at the end. Wear good footwear and be sure to have good footing! Nothing to catch you if you fall!

running
Wed Jul 18 2018

10/10 trail run. 100% runnable. Rooty and craggy, be careful. Fell 1x and tripped 6x. Beautiful fern forest, diverse and well marked / cleared trail. Top views and rocks at the end. Be careful timber rattlers here at the rocks overlook please check your surroundings before taking in the views. If you choose to scramble on the rocks check hand and foot placements carefully. 4.4 miles minimal elevation change. Perfect perfect perfect.

Fri Jun 15 2018

beautiful overlook. watch for Timber rattlesnakes. can get muddy but still a favorite.

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