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Brian Kelly
(Brik9876)
Hiking laurelhighlands trail, pa in winter? on 10/30/2012 14:21:29 MDT Print View

Ok so i am not sure this is even in the right section but here goes and if it isnt right plz move me.
To all those who hike western Pa in winter in particular the laurel highlands trail what do you do when you get to the seven springs area?

Christopher Taggart
(PennDude)

Locale: Western PA
LHT on 10/30/2012 14:33:03 MDT Print View

I hiked ~50 miles of the LHT in the winter of 2001. When we started the trail, there was no snow. As far as I can remember we hiked in January. As we got closer to Seven Springs, it started to snow and by the time we entered the resort, we were hiking an unbroken trail through thigh deep snow. We had a group of 5 so we took turns up front. It was absolutely exhausting but I was in good shape so it was no big deal.

We slept in the Adirondack shelters each night. They were stocked well with firewood which helped keep us a little bit warmer. It was still bitter cold though. If I were to do it again, I would probably sleep in a tent. It was very windy in the shelters.

I forgot to mention, at one point you'll be hiking across the ski slopes. Keep your eyes open!

Edited by PennDude on 10/30/2012 14:34:43 MDT.

Brian Kelly
(Brik9876)
hiking across the slopes on 10/30/2012 16:39:42 MDT Print View

Ok that was what i was asking i just did it very poorly. When i get to seven springs am i allowed to hike up the slopes do i have to pay for a ski lift ticket or etc etc . I guess i am asking am i allowed there or do i have to hike around it?

Christopher Taggart
(PennDude)

Locale: Western PA
We just walked right across the slopes. People may look at you funny but it's no big deal. on 10/30/2012 22:39:06 MDT Print View

We just walked right across the slopes. People may look at you funny but it's no big deal.

Brian Kelly
(Brik9876)
_ on 10/31/2012 09:08:09 MDT Print View

Ok thanks

Mark Olah
(gorgar3141)

Locale: New Mexico
LHT on 11/06/2012 01:37:12 MST Print View

I have done several trips on the LHT through the seven springs section in winter. Make sure to stop at the Seven Springs lodge on top of the mountain to warm up by the fire. The trail goes right by it. You can buy food in the upstairs, or eat your own downstairs at the picnic tables, although you should head out back if you want to use your stove.

Hang your food in the shelters. On one trip we brought a mouse trap. I caught 7 in one night.

I've never done that section with snow shoes but on one trip in particular they would have been worth it to take.