Balanced Rock-Laurel Run Loop Hike
ElevationAscent: 732' 223 m
Descent: -712' -217 m
High: 1,291' 394 m
Low: 853' 260 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“Head to the popular Balanced Rock first before taking a longer route back, connecting a few trails into a four-mile loop”— Zander Göpfert
On the return, stay right onto the Abbot Run Trail to connect to the south with the Ledges Trail for a short, fairly steep climb up the nose of one of the slopes above the creek. Around the 0.65-mile mark, head left (east) onto the Copperas Rock Trail, which descends to Trough Creek Drive. Some trail section aren't marked or blazed so keep an eye on the Trail Run Project mobile app for easier navigation.
Back at the road, turn left (north) to follow the road a few hundred yards looking for the parking area, restroom, and entrance to the Laurel Run Trail to the right, heading north. For visitors looking to shorten this run, continue to follow the road back to the starting trailhead.
The Laurel Run Trail starts uphill gradually, quickly crossing into Rothrock State Forest, following the Laurel Run for much of its length. Just over the 2.5-mile mark, you'll reach the northernmost point of this run and a couple of creek crossings before a quick climb toward Terrace Mountain Road. This road can be taken as another alternative return option to the Boulder Trail.
Continuing on this run, head across the road staying on the Laurel Run Trail to reach the high point of the run. After a slow descent, head left onto the Boulder Trail to begin a steeper descent across Terrace Mountain Road again, back to the starting point.
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Land Manager: PA DCNR - Trough Creek State Park