Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail
ElevationAscent: 8,652' 2,637 m
Descent: -8,603' -2,622 m
High: 2,966' 904 m
Low: 1,241' 378 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)
Popular runs nearby
Laurel Highlands Trail: Ohiopyle State Park
10.5 mi 16.9 km • Out and Back • 2,139 ft Ascent 651.88 m Ascent
Ohiopyle Falls & Trails Trilogy 10k
6.8 mi 11.0 km • Out and Back • 933 ft Ascent 284.37 m Ascent
Ragnar Relays WV Green Loop
3.6 mi 5.9 km • Loop • 311 ft Ascent 94.67 m Ascent
Fork Run Loop
8.0 mi 12.9 km • Out and Back • 951 ft Ascent 289.81 m Ascent
New Germany Outer Trail Loop
5.2 mi 8.4 km • Loop • 696 ft Ascent 212.11 m Ascent
Cool Spirit Loop
5.7 mi 9.1 km • Loop • 525 ft Ascent 160.02 m Ascent
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“The 70 Mile LHHT is a beast full of steep ascents and relentless technical terrain.”— Kevin Ketchman
The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is popular with trail runners due to the diverse terrain and unmatched beauty. Run a portion of the trail for a workout, or run the whole trail in one day. Some of the most challenging trail runs in the eastern United States are the Laurel Highlands Ultra Races, which are held the second Saturday in June.
The trail traverses state parks, state forests, state game lands, other public lands and private lands. The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is a major segment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, a network of trails between the mouth of the Potomac River and the Allegheny Highlands. Click here for more info.
The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is open year-round and is blazed approximately every 100 feet with 2-inch and 5-inch yellow blazes. Connector trails lead to and from trailheads and shelter areas and are marked with blue blazes. Mileage monuments are every mile. Yellow bands around trees mark the trail at every major road crossing.
A runner's guide to the Laurel Highlands Trail is available from the Sierra Club Allegheny Group. The guide describes the trail and aids in planning outings. Included in the guide are detailed topographic maps plus information on geology, climate, plants and wildlife.
Six trailheads provide 30-car parking lots, overnight parking and trash receptacles.
Voluntary day use registration mailboxes are located in each of the trailheads for day hikers to fill out information cards for vital park attendance data and for use in an emergency. For overnight use of the trail see the LHHT Regulations section.
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