Laurel Ridge State Park Laurel Highlands Trail - PA 653 Access To Grindle Ridge

Somerset, Pennsylvania

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This section of the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Trail travels Laurel Ridge, offering the unusual combination of a level hike and an overlook. This choice is a good one for beginning hikers (who can go as far as they wish and turn around) or beginning backpackers. The parking area is circular. To reach the trailhead, park or walk to the northeast section, across from the picnic pavilion and cross-country ski concession, where you will find a sign. Just beyond it are an information board, map, and registration box. All hikers should register. You can sign out at the end of your hike, and park rangers will know you are out safely.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh

by Donna L. Ruff (Menasha Ridge Press)

This section of the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Trail travels Laurel Ridge, offering the unusual combination of a level hike and an overlook. This choice is a good one for beginning hikers (who can go as far as they wish and turn around) or beginning backpackers. The parking area is circular.

To reach the trailhead, park or walk to the northeast section, across from the picnic pavilion and cross-country ski concession, where you will find a sign. Just beyond it are an information board, map, and registration box. All hikers should register. You can sign out at the end of your hike, and park rangers will know you are out safely.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Somerset
Distance: 11.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 5.5 - 6 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 2,800 feet
Top Elevation: 2,850 feet
Local Contacts: Laurel Hill State Park
Local Maps: USGS Kingwood, Seven Springs
Driving Directions: Directions to Laurel Ridge State Park: Laurel Highlands Trail - PA 653 Access To Grindle Ridge

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5/30/2010
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I hiked the Laurel Highlands Trail from Ohiopyle State Park to the Turnpike Shelter (including the current detour) and I highly recommend this trail. It can be steep and rugged in spots, but it is certainly a beautiful trail in a beautiful part of the country. I wanted to recapture some of the magic of being on the Appalachian Trail, and the LHHT not only did that but gave me a massive blister as well!



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