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Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail

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The 70 Mile LHHT is a beast full of steep ascents and relentless technical terrain.


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69.1

Miles

111.2

KM

92%

Runnable

2,966' 904 m

High

1,241' 378 m

Low

8,652' 2,637 m

Up

8,603' 2,622 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Rocks, boulders, roots, creek crossings, and changing weather any stretch of this trail tough on the legs. Trail Running

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.

Description

The 70-mile hiking trail stretches along Laurel Mountain from the picturesque Youghiogheny River At Ohiopyle, Pa. to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown, Pa. The trail features overnight trail shelters that must be reserved in advance. Seasoned backpackers challenge themselves on the steep, rugged areas of the trails. Casual hikers and runners enjoy areas that are reasonably level and pleasant for walking.

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.

Trailheads
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.

Contacts

Land Manager: PA DCNR - Main Office

Shared By:

Kevin Ketchman

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  4.4 from 29 votes

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  4.4 from 29 votes
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Photos

Serene waters on the Laurel Highlands Trail
Sep 7, 2016 near Ohiopyle, PA
Overlooking the Youghiogheny River on a snowy day - Laurel Highlands Trail
Apr 23, 2015 near Ohiopyle, PA
Great view of the Youghiogheny River valley
Mar 30, 2015 near Ohiopyle, PA
Just off the trail, a cemetery is maintained and still visited. A piece of history of the area.
Jun 13, 2015 near Ohiopyle, PA
Gorgeous vista at Laurel Ridge
Sep 7, 2016 near South C…, PA
Part of the trail route
Oct 16, 2019 near Ohiopyle, PA

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Sep 26, 2020
Nathan Sylvester
Phew! 70.5mi — 16h 10m
Jun 8, 2019
Adam Dyas
Laurel Highlands Ultra 70.5mi — 17h 01m
Nov 23, 2018
Britton Crum
Water features, some steep ascents, boulders to navigate. 3.5mi
Mar 1, 2016
Kevin Ketchman
good trail conditions 4mi
Jun 13, 2015
Kevin Ketchman
Wet conditions, no mud from mile 12 to 19. 13mi