Intro to Laurel
ElevationAscent: 545' 166 m
Descent: -545' -166 m
High: 2,790' 850 m
Low: 2,579' 786 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
Popular rides nearby
Best of Laurel (Advanced)
20.4 mi 32.9 km • Loop • 1,128 ft Ascent 343.7 m Ascent
Que Trail - Full Loop
16.1 mi 26.0 km • Loop • 1,129 ft Ascent 344.01 m Ascent
Rich's Recommended Ride
13.1 mi 21.2 km • Loop • 914 ft Ascent 278.63 m Ascent
4.8 mi 7.7 km • Loop • 329 ft Ascent 100.14 m Ascent
2.9 mi 4.7 km • Loop • 321 ft Ascent 97.97 m Ascent
OP Singletrack Sampler
9.1 mi 14.6 km • Loop • 988 ft Ascent 301.16 m Ascent
“Easiest trails in Laurel linked to introduce newcomers to the area with successive/independent loops”— LHORBA MTB
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
Be alert for rattlesnakes in warmer weather.
The overall length is 13.9 miles, but the shortest alternative is just 2.9 miles with the longer northern loop being 5.9 miles. The middle and southern loops add 3.2 and 8.0 miles respectively, and can be done separately as independent 3.2 mile and 5.4 mile loops.
Need to Know
The land manager recommends the following trails for winter fat biking (and snowshoeing) to avoid conflicts with cross country skiers - Grove Run Trail, Fish Run Trail and Hobblebush Trail of the Laurel system and Additionally, Rocky Gap, Outcrop Trail and Rector-Eddie Road of Laurel are recommended if accessed without disturbing the xc ski tracks on the trails used to access these locations. Alternatively, DCNR suggests use of the Mountain Streams, Mount Davis, or Quebec Run trail systems, which present a lower potential for user conflicts.
Continuing across Loop Trail instead to follow Bill Alberts, West takes you on a gradual rockier downhill to Locust Trail and Locust Camp Road. The rockiest areas have been smoothed out from years past for grooming as xc ski trails. Locust Camp Road provides a more gradual but steady climb to the intersection with Silvermine Dirt Road. You can stay with the next shortest northern loop by jumping to * below (but left instead of right) for the 5.9 mile ride.
Staying with the overall ride, you would turn right onto the doubletrack Silvermine Dirt Road, which turns into Silvermine singletrack bearing left at the gas well field. Short walkable rock gardens and boulder areas will allow you to experience increased challenges. The overall ride turns right onto Rector-Eddie Road and through the gate, but if you are just doing the middle loop you would want to turn left instead and then left again onto Black Bear.
The open section of Rector-Eddie Road ends at Bobcat Trail, which leads to Wolf Rocks Trail. The last section of Wolf remains very rocky for a beginner so you may want to leave your bikes out of the way at the end of Bobcat and walk to the overlook. Watch out for snakes on hot days.
Retrace your tracks on Bobcat and the first portion of Rector-Eddie Road to a short interconnector back to Wolf Rocks Trail. This section of Wolf Rocks Trail to the Spruce Flats intersection is smoother with some rock, but no more difficult than Silvermine Singletrack. You'll continue past Spruce Flats to the Laurel Summit State Park parking area.
Turn left by the restrooms and ride out the Bog Trail to the overlook of the unique vegetation in this area. This would be the entry point if you are just doing the southern loop. This trail experiences heavy foot traffic, so be prepared to yield. Then double-back and turn left onto the Picnic Area Trail.
Turn left onto the doubletrack Rector-Eddie Road. This road segment is technically open to vehicular traffic, but traffic is infrequent.
Turn right onto Black Bear, South. If you are doing just the middle loop, you'll be approaching this intersection from the opposite direction. This is relatively smooth, level singletrack. Bear right at the end to dump you out on Laurel Summit Road to avoid the extensive rocks on Black Bear North.
To avoid those rock ride Laurel Summit Road to the left to Locust Camp Road. This road is gravel and open to traffic that kicks up a lot of dust.
Locust Camp Road will take you to the intersection with Silvermine. (*) Turn right and quickly bear left onto Towhee. This section includes a short steeper hill but is otherwise fairly level.
Turning left onto the Lippos Loop and a quick second left will take you around the opposite side of the loop than you already did. Taking the next left to exit Lippos will put you back on just plain Loop Trail to retrace your route back to the warming hut.
Land Manager: PaDCNR - Forbes State Forest