Laurel Hill Lung-Buster

Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania

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This ride combines incredible scenery and killer terrain. Beginning in Ohiopyle, you embark on the arduous climb out of the valley. Be careful as you ride on Pennsylvania Road 2012; the river tour buses scream up and down this hill! Once on the singletrack climb, the solitude of the woods and the great forest scenery are a pleasant distraction from the constant grind to the ridge tops. Atop the ridge, the trail takes you to the high point at 2,892 feet, just below the old fire tower that once stood on the true summit. An out-and-back trip to the southwest corner of the park will lead you to a maze of old park trails and illegal ATV trails. Make sure you have a map, compass, extra water, and a lot of daylight if you choose to explore this spider web. On the return trip you can explore new singletrack before dropping down the steep, long, and somewhat sketchy descent back to the river. Highlights: highest vertical climb in Pennsylvania; quad-burning climb with a brake-smoking descent; nice vista; best whitewater location in Pennsylvania, great little outdoor town. Tread: mostly great, hardpacked singletrack with a few road and paved road sections mixed in.

Laurel Hill Lung-Buster Professional Review and Guide

"This ride combines incredible scenery and killer terrain. Beginning in Ohiopyle, you embark on the arduous climb out of the valley. Be careful as you ride on Pennsylvania Road 2012; the river tour buses scream up and down this hill! Once on the singletrack climb, the solitude of the woods and the great forest scenery are a pleasant distraction from the constant grind to the ridge tops. Atop the ridge, the trail takes you to the high point at 2,892 feet, just below the old fire tower that once stood on the true summit.

An out-and-back trip to the southwest corner of the park will lead you to a maze of old park trails and illegal ATV trails. Make sure you have a map, compass, extra water, and a lot of daylight if you choose to explore this spider web. On the return trip you can explore new singletrack before dropping down the steep, long, and somewhat sketchy descent back to the river. Highlights: highest vertical climb in Pennsylvania; quad-burning climb with a brake-smoking descent; nice vista; best whitewater location in Pennsylvania, great little outdoor town. Tread: mostly great, hardpacked singletrack with a few road and paved road sections mixed in."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ohiopyle
Distance: 16
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 3 - 5 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 1,250 feet
Top Elevation: 3,000 feet
Local Contacts: Pennsylvania State Parks 888-PA-PARKS
Local Maps: USGS Ohiopyle; DCNR Ohiopyle State Park map
Driving Directions: Directions to Laurel Hill Lung-Buster

Recent Trail Reviews

5/4/2003
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This trail is nice. I have done it before and I will go back again. In the past, I have rode up and around and back down. "Lung Buster" is an appropriate name. Just recently we drove up to the sugarloaf area and parked and rode down and then continued onto the Yough Rail trail for awhile. That was good enough for me this time. From the parking lot off of Sugarloaf Rd. Ride to the right on the grass following the road for about .25 mile and you will eventually find sugarloaf Trail. There is a lot of trail markers and if not trees are marked with Orange paint. Don't ride on Baughman Trail (Marked with Red). Sugarloaf trail is not exactly a beginners trail going down, but with caution it can be. It goes down about 6 miles or so and dumps you out onto the Yough Rail Trail. Take a left to head into town or Right to head up along the Middle Yough toward Confluence. Great Ride. At this point, you will either need to ride back up the trail of up the Sugarloaf road (4 miles exact). Or you could hitch a ride up. Riding back up the trail is tough and long especially in the wet. Have Fun and be safe.



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