Laurel Summit Loop

Ligonier, Pennsylvania

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This loop is a sweet ride in that it offers a great woodland riding experience tucked back in the historical hills of the Laurel Highlands. The history of Laurel Summit dates back to the exploits of timber and mining companies whose sole interest was in taking all they could from the land. After they stripped the hills of their old-growth trees and mined the bluestone, the state purchased the ground to begin building the state forests as we know them today. Outdoor recreation is the only human activity you’ll find now at Laurel Summit, and many folks come here from all around to unwind. Highlights: Beam Run Rocks, scenic vista, rock climbing, remote woodland trail, wildlife viewing opportunities, picnic area with spring water. Tread: The first 3.5 miles are on relatively flat dirt road; the next 7 miles are on grassy doubletrack. The grassy old woods road has two beautifully distinct hardpacked lines. The last mile runs along the flat, wide, hardpacked dirt of the old Pittsburgh, Westmoreland, and Somerset (PW&S) rail grade.
Mountain Biking Pennsylvania

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Mountain Biking Pennsylvania

by Rob Ginieczki (Falcon Guides)

This loop is a sweet ride in that it offers a great woodland riding experience tucked back in the historical hills of the Laurel Highlands. The history of Laurel Summit dates back to the exploits of timber and mining companies whose sole interest was in taking all they could from the land. After they stripped the hills of their old-growth trees and mined the bluestone, the state purchased the ground to begin building the state forests as we know them today.

Outdoor recreation is the only human activity you’ll find now at Laurel Summit, and many folks come here from all around to unwind. Highlights: Beam Run Rocks, scenic vista, rock climbing, remote woodland trail, wildlife viewing opportunities, picnic area with spring water. Tread: The first 3.5 miles are on relatively flat dirt road; the next 7 miles are on grassy doubletrack. The grassy old woods road has two beautifully distinct hardpacked lines. The last mile runs along the flat, wide, hardpacked dirt of the old Pittsburgh, Westmoreland, and Somerset (PW&S) rail grade.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ligonier
Distance: 11.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 - 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 3,000 feet
Top Elevation: 3,000 feet
Local Contacts: Laurel Summit State Park
Local Maps: USGS Bakersville, Ligonier, Laurel Highlands Snowmobile Trail System map; PW&S Railroad Bike Trail map; DCNR Forbes State Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Laurel Summit Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

10/11/2015
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There is nothing moderate about this trail! It is poorly marked, steep hills with huge gravel to navigate and killer hills at the other end. We found trees with hash marks laying on the ground; forks in the road are not marked as well as the beginning of the trail. You are the summit with not one scenic vista. Thank goodness it was a beautiful day!


6/16/2014
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fun trail very cool shady ride. not to hard thought about turning around and going back through. that tought left my mind when my friends bike puked up his derailur. great time at forbes state park there was good mountain biking trails all over the area there.


7/7/2007
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Nice ride. Easy ride. Too much gravel for my taste. Overall this is a great area for mountain biking. Marked OK. Saw some great wildlife including my first ever Timber Rattle Snake—Beautiful creature. We are coming back to explore more trails.


7/2/2005
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Description says start is dirt raod, but it is thick and deep gravel. Downhill section after gravel was technically challenging especially for novices in a few areas. The double track middle part of the ride was very nice and worth the effort. There are a couple steep hills at the end of the ride that were very challenging from a strength perspective, especially with them being at the end.


11/10/2000
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The Trail to Beam Run Rocks are easy to navagate. The Trail see alot of activity. It twist around small rocks down to Beam Rock. This rock formation is a favorite place to take in the fall colors. It provides a long spectacular view. This area is great for rock climbing. Its can be navagated by just about everyone regardless of skill level. Just remember to watch your step its a long way down!



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