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Gems in Western PA - 1

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gem Favorite Home of the trails namesake, Rachel Carson, conservationist and author.

Rachel Carson Homestead

(2) Springdale, PA

Recommended Routes in Western PA - 17

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Favorite Looking ahead, you can see the next mile of RCT, down the utility corridor, nearing Rt 28, and then heading up Ridge Road, and back into trails at the top of the hill.
Difficult

Rachel Carson Trail

39.1 mi 62.9 km 5,612' Up 1710.46 m Up 5,427' Down 1654.14 m Down

Gibsonia, PA
Favorite Great view of the Youghiogheny River valley
Difficult

Laurel Highlands Trail: Ohiopyle State Park

10.5 mi 16.9 km 2,139' Up 651.88 m Up 2,139' Down 652.02 m Down

Ohiopyle, PA
Favorite Boulder garden on Baughman Trail.
Difficult

Sugarloaf Sled Hill to Falls Overlook

4.6 mi 7.5 km 78' Up 23.82 m Up 1,267' Down 386.06 m Down

Ohiopyle, PA
Favorite Indian Wells Vista
Difficult

Mid State Trail (MST)

325.1 mi 523.2 km 45,161' Up 13765 m Up 44,599' Down 13593.7 m Down

Bedford, PA
Favorite No Photos
Intermediate

Twin Hills Park Loop

0.7 mi 1.2 km 93' Up 28.4 m Up 100' Down 30.45 m Down

Dormont, PA
Favorite Cortinarius iodes which looks better than it tastes.
Intermediate/Difficult

Tour of Roaring Run

14.9 mi 23.9 km 2,080' Up 634.06 m Up 2,079' Down 633.74 m Down

Bear Rocks, PA
Favorite View of Shawnee Lake.
Easy/Intermediate

Lake Shore Trail

3.5 mi 5.6 km 61' Up 18.6 m Up 62' Down 18.84 m Down

Bedford, PA
Favorite Start of Perimeter Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Boyce Mayview Perimeter Loop

7.5 mi 12.1 km 898' Up 273.6 m Up 897' Down 273.52 m Down

Thompso…, PA
Favorite Allegheny Observatory in the snow
Intermediate

Riverview Park Adventure

3.1 mi 5.0 km 386' Up 117.53 m Up 386' Down 117.61 m Down

Millvale, PA

Western PA Hiking

  • 1,770 Miles 2,849 Kilometers of Trail
  • 25 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 116 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 239 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 62 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Western PA - 392

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69.1 mi 111.2 km #1Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail
Difficult
Ohiopyle, PA
Difficult
Ohiopyle, PA 31 
3.8 mi 6.2 km #2McCune Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Ohiopyle, PA
Intermediate/Difficult
Ohiopyle, PA 10 
3.0 mi 4.9 km #3Tom's Run Loop
Intermediate/Difficult
Emsworth, PA
Intermediate/Difficult
Emsworth, PA
1.5 mi 2.4 km #4Pumphouse Trail
Intermediate
Somerset, PA
Intermediate
Somerset, PA
0.7 mi 1.1 km #5Alligewi Rocks Trail
Very Difficult
Derry, PA
Very Difficult
Derry, PA
1.8 mi 2.9 km #6Kim Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Ohiopyle, PA
Intermediate/Difficult
Ohiopyle, PA
1.3 mi 2.1 km #7Hemlock Trail
Intermediate
Somerset, PA
Intermediate
Somerset, PA
0.6 mi 0.9 km #8Memorial Trail
Difficult
Oakmont, PA
Difficult
Oakmont, PA
1.7 mi 2.7 km #9Jonathan Run Trail
Intermediate
Ohiopyle, PA
Intermediate
Ohiopyle, PA
12.5 mi 20.1 km #10Black Loop
Intermediate/Difficult
Ohiopyle, PA
Intermediate/Difficult
Ohiopyle, PA

Photos of Western PA - 241

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Lush greenery!
Jun 1, 2021 near New Bri…, PA
Serene waters on the Laurel Highlands Trail
Sep 7, 2016 near Ohiopyle, PA
Great view of the Youghiogheny River valley
Mar 30, 2015 near Ohiopyle, PA
Overlook in Blue Knob State Park.
Dec 18, 2015 near Beaverdale, PA
Hiker-biker campground at Cedar Creek Park, near West Newton, Pa.
Apr 12, 2018 near West Ne…, PA
Just off the trail, a cemetery is maintained and still visited. A piece of history of the area.
Jun 13, 2015 near Ohiopyle, PA
In between Connelsville and Ohiopyle.
Jan 28, 2021 near South C…, PA
Gorgeous vista at Laurel Ridge
Sep 7, 2016 near South C…, PA