Laurel Highland Hiking Trail – Where Does It Start

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There is a 70 mile hike that goes from Ohiopyle, PA to Johnstown, PA. I’ve had a couple people ask where the trail starts, so here is a quick guide. If you drive through town, past the general store, under the bridge and over the railroad tracks. You will be able to make a right turn just past the railroad tracks. You will see an outfitter on the right side of the road and the Fall City Pub on the left. Park your car right across the Fall City Pub.

You will then see:

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If you are staying overnight, make sure you deal with the forms and phone in your information. You will walk up this road for a little bit and you will then see this sign:

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At this point, you are going to be going up for about 2 miles, you will see mile markers acknowledging your progress:

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The steep hike pays off with a nice view:

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Along the way, you pass several of these little bridges. The trail is marked with yellow paint (painted tree + bridge seen below).

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If you plan on hiking the whole thing, or just want to stay the night, the shelters are really nice. The floor is wood, so bring some padding! The fireplaces are a very nice touch. The 6 miles to get here were tough, but I’ve heard that the hike flattens out considerably after this point. Hiking back from the shelter in the same day was pretty brutal.

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Benny multitasking by cooling off and drinking:

We also went to the Aviary this weekend, it is amazing how close you get to amazing birds:

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