Wolf Rocks Trail

Forbes State Forest, Pennsylvania

Elevation Gain241ft
Trailhead Elevation2,730ft
Elevation Min/Max2652/2734ft
Elevation Start/End2730/2730ft

Wolf Rocks Trail

Wolf Rocks Trail is a hiking trail in Somerset County and Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. It is within Laurel Summit State Park and Forbes State Forest. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 2,730 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 241 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking and restrooms. The trail ends near the Wolf Rocks viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Wolf Rocks Loop, Hobblebush Trail, Spruce Flats Trail and Bobcat Trail.

Wolf Rocks Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A lot of hikes promise to lead to scenic overlooks. Wolf Rocks Trail delivers. It takes you to a rocky outcrop nearly 100 feet wide and offers a magnificent view of the Linn Run Valley that’s particularly stunning in the greens of summer and the reds, oranges, and yellows of fall."

"This hike is in the heart of the Laurel Highlands region of the Allegheny Mountains. There are two highlights: the blooming mountain laurel and Wolf Rocks, an out- cropping of boulders along the edge of Laurel Summit that provides an impressive view of Linn Run Valley and Chestnut Ridge. If you choose, there is also a short side trip—after the hike—to Spruce Flats Bog.

Laurel Summit State Park lies within the 58,000-acre Forbes State Forest. Comprising a mere 15 acres, Laurel Summit State Park basically constitutes the area surrounding Wolf Rocks Trail. Nearby are three other Laurel state parks: Laurel Mountain, Laurel Hill, and Laurel Ridge. The other Laurel parks are considerably larger, and it’s easy to get these parks confused."

"This is a short but “suppa-sweet” technical ride through the rugged flat, atop Laurel Hill. The topography itself is generally flat, but it’s what’s on the trail that presents the ultimate challenge. Large rocks and small boulders test your ability to negotiate through this unforgiving trail. Make sure you have plenty of tubes or a patch kit because you may flat. Tube “snakebites” aren’t the only snakebites to be wary of—Wolf Rocks is home to a number of timber rattlesnakes that occasionally glare at psychotic mountain bikers. Just respect their space and admire their awesome beauty.

Rattlesnakes are a protected species in Pennsylvania and under no circumstances should they be handled or harmed. The chances of getting bit by a rattlesnake are ten times less than of getting struck by lightning, unless of course you dance the funky-chicken in front of its den. Highlights: scenic vista, unique rock formations, killer trails riding, most technical ride in the region, Laurel Summit picnic area amenities. Tread: some of the most gnarly, rideable boulders in Pennsylvania are found here. The trail surface is all boulder, with sporadic splotches of loamy singletrack."

"A lot of hikes promise to lead to scenic overlooks. Often, though, the views are somewhat obstructed by trees. That’s not the case with Wolf Rocks Trail, which leads to a rocky outcrop nearly 100 feet wide that showcases a magnificent expanse of the Linn Run Valley. The view is particularly stunning in summer and fall, but even in winter, when the mountains are blanketed in snow, this is an amazing site.

The trailhead can be difficult to reach in winter. Linn Run Road does not get plowed (for the sake of snowmobilers), and while Laurel Summit Road does get plowed, this area can get a lot of snow."

Wolf Rocks Trail Reviews

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If this trail doesn't have you talking to yourself, no other one up on that mountain will. I've ridden it a dozen times or more in the last couple of years, you just can't get enough of it when your on it, and in the same minute you can't wait to you see the trailhead. Go the straight trail in at the first crossroads, then take the loop trail back. If your feet don't hit the ground at least once, I'll buy you a beer on me! Great ride, too short though. Freebyrd
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Man this trail is addicting. This trail eats me for lunch! My Quads burn but man what a rush!The Trail is almost all rock, bolders and roots. once in a great while you hit a patch of nice singletrack.The veiw at Wolf Rock is awsome! On the way back we took a two track fire road its grass covered and ripping down is very cool. This trail provides a real test of skill & endurance.
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If you'd like to improve your riding over VERY rocky teraine - this is your place! The entire riding experience is awe inspiring. You'll have a great ride, but bring a few bandages!

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Trail Information

Forbes State Forest
Nearby City
Forbes State Forest
Skill Level
Laurel Summit State Park, c/o Linn Run, Rector 15677-0050; (724) 238-6623
Local Contacts
Forest map available by contacting Forbes State Forest; park map available by contacting Laurel Summit State Park; USGS Ligonier
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Nov 2018