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Forbes State Forest: Laurel Summit-Wolf Rocks Overlook Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Wolf Rocks Overlook offers a spectacular 180- degree view, and the hike to it is just as spectacular as the overlook itself. If you’ve parked in the first parking area near the restrooms, turn left and walk through the second parking area, looking left for the trailhead sign for Wolf Rocks Trail. The first 0.6 miles of this trail, although signed here as the Wolf Rocks Trail, is actually the Spruce Flats Trail, according to a sign later found at an intersection at 0.6 miles. In this write-up and on the map, it is referred to as the Spruce Flats Trail. The confusion of the signs and the fact that one-half of the Wolf Rocks Loop is called just that while the other half is named just Wolf Rocks Trail likely stems from the fact that the eastern portion was added later to create a crosscountry skiing loop."
--Donna L. Ruff, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh (Menasha Ridge Press).
This is a great trail for those without much hiking experience. It's flat and easily identifiable, with lots of roots and rocks to walk over. So you definitely feel like you're on a trail, but it's nothing too strenuous. The overlook is a great place to stop for a break and to take in the view midway. Otherwise, the trail is very shaded, with lots of ferns and other greenery under the canopy of trees.
We saw rattlesnakes sunning on the rocks at the far end of the overlook, but don't let them keep you from the trail. I doubt they would come out where people are around. Just take a minute to scan the rocks before you venture out onto them.
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