Backpacking – Laurel Highlands (PA) Fall Colors Thru Hike

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Backpacking – Laurel Highlands (PA) Fall Colors Thru Hike

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October 12-16 (+ night of Oct 11 to be ready for early shuttle)

70 miles – 5 days – 4 nights (+ 1 night before hike to be ready for early shuttle) 

Complete a thru hike just 4 hours from Columbus! Fall colors, fall views, cool temps, well-maintained established backcountry campsites/shelters with privies, water (requires treatment), fire-rings/fireplaces and plentiful wood. Moderate to advanced, self-outfitted and self-provisioned hikers in good physical shape only.  Limit 8.

Costs = $20 registration fee for COP insurance and approximately $80 for shared cost of shuttle, Ohiopyle SP campsite night before, 4 campsites along the trail.

Leader: Bill Mayr.  Contact information for leader:

Evening BEFORE Hike (Oct 11)

Given early start will need to drive (approx 4hrs) and camp overnight in Ohiopyle state park.

Day 1 (Oct 12)

Early start – park and meet at Wilderness Voyageurs (outfitter in Ohiopyle, PA) at 7:30am for early shuttle 

Shuttle to drop us off at start at PA56 Trailhead (70m)

13.1 miles (including 1500 ft vertical climb over first 3 miles) to Rt 271 Campsite

Day 2 (Oct 13) – 18.7 miles to Turnpike Campsite

Day 3 (Oct 14) – 14.2 miles to Grindle Ridge Campsite

Day 4 (Oct 15) – 17.5 miles to Ohiopyle shelter Campsite

Day 5 (Oct 16) – 6.5 miles to terminus/end at Wilderness Voyageurs (outfitter in Ohiopyle, PA) where our cars will be parked.

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Date And Time

October 11, 2022 to
October 16, 2022

Registration End Date

October 9, 2022



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