Lower Beam Loop

Ligonier, Pennsylvania

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The Laurel Summit day use area is a great place to start numerous hikes and rides that spiderweb out from this ridge-top location. There are restrooms, spring water, and charcoal pits for stoking up some coals for that after-the-ride T-bone! Expect to see a few cars parked here, as it is an outdoor hot-spot. Things change once you’re out on the trail, where there are many opportunities for peace and solitude. Highlights: Great woodland ride for the experienced novice on up to the honed hammerhead, the historic PW&S railroad grade, great wildlife, viewing opportunities. Tread: a fine blend of singletrack, doubletrack, old woods road, and fire roads. The trails are mainly hardpacked dirt, but there is a rocky, loose descent on the Beam Run Road trail. Also, the forest service has laid in some huge ballast rock along a section of the Pittsburgh, Westmorland, and Somersten (PW&S) rail grade that may present an annoying challenge.

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"The Laurel Summit day use area is a great place to start numerous hikes and rides that spiderweb out from this ridge-top location. There are restrooms, spring water, and charcoal pits for stoking up some coals for that after-the-ride T-bone! Expect to see a few cars parked here, as it is an outdoor hot-spot. Things change once you’re out on the trail, where there are many opportunities for peace and solitude.

Highlights: Great woodland ride for the experienced novice on up to the honed hammerhead, the historic PW&S railroad grade, great wildlife, viewing opportunities. Tread: a fine blend of singletrack, doubletrack, old woods road, and fire roads. The trails are mainly hardpacked dirt, but there is a rocky, loose descent on the Beam Run Road trail. Also, the forest service has laid in some huge ballast rock along a section of the Pittsburgh, Westmorland, and Somersten (PW&S) rail grade that may present an annoying challenge."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ligonier
Distance: 8.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1 - 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 2,900 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 Lower Beam Loop

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May 2018