Laurel Highlands Trail Hike 35

U.S. 30 to PA Route 271

The Laurel Highlands Trail follows a gentle path high above the isolated valley of Mill Creek. The views here to the northwest of the trail are especially nice during the winter months. During the summer blooming mountain laurel is a constant companion. Close to Route 271 the trail passes through a series of rock formations worthy of exploration. Note that the Route 271 shelter is about 0.7 miles off the trail near the parking area.


Trip Planner

Start: U.S. Route 30
End: PA Route 271
Miles: 11.7 (The section is only 11.0 miles excluding a visit to the shelter or parking lot)
Points of Interest: Card Machine Run, Mill Creek Valley, rock formations
Parking: U.S. Route 30 (0.0 mi.), PA Route 271 (11.7 mi.)
Water: US Route 30, U.S. 30 Shelter, Route 271 Shelter, PA Route 271
Restroom or Privy: U.S. 30 Shelter, Route 271 Shelter
Provisions: None
Camping: U.S. 30 Shelter, Route 271 Shelter


Hike Data

Mile Navigation
0 U.S. Route 30.
0.7 U.S. Route 30 Shelter.
2.2 Card Machine Run. There is a wonderful bog and spring here.
4.7 Mill Creek Valley.
10.2 Rock formations.
11.0 Route 271 crossing of Laurel Highlands Trail.
11.6 Route 271 Shelter (via side trail).
11.7 Route 271 parking lot (via side trail).


Explore the PHT

Laughlintown, PA
This is a village full of history. Attractions here include a fort which dates to the French & Indian War. The Compass Inn dates to 1799 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Inn was a stagecoach stop from 1820-1862 on the route which later became U.S. 30.Today it is fully restored and includes a museum and offers tours.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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