Laurel Highlands Ultra

Crew Information - 70.5 Mile Race

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Crews are responsible for their own food and drink. Please do not litter. As is true with most trail races, our ability to continue this race depends on the conduct of the runners and crews. We are given permission each year for the use of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. With more participants each year, we need everyones help to avoid parking, driving and littering infractions. Crew infractions may be attributed to your runner and result in disqualification.
Race management is not responsible for lost crews.

Pacers are required to inform the checkpoint captain if they are going to accompany a runner. Pacers are subject to the same rules as runners and crew. Pacers, please stay behind your runner and carry only your own food and drink. Pacers are not allowed to carry food, water or supplies for the runner ("no muling"). Pacers are also not allowed to help propel their runner along. At night, make sure you and your pacer have reliable flashlights with extra batteries.

We hope that you enjoy your experience on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.


Here is a Google Map of the course.

Driving directions for the Laurel Highlands Ultra


To Finish (Seward) from downtown Johnstown:

Take Route 56 North/West through Johnstown toward Seward. Stay on Rte. 56 (do not take Rte. 403 when the two roads split past Johnstown). Approximately 6 miles past Johnstown the trail parking will be on your left. You have gone too far if you reach the intersection of Rte. 56 and Rte. 711.
Remember, the bus leaves promptly at 3:30 A.M.


To Ohiopyle (start):


GPS 39°52'6.47"N, 79°29'38.84"W


From PA Turnpike:
Exit turnpike at Donegal. Take Rte. 31 South or East. turn right on Rte. 381/711 at Seven Springs sign. Follow approximately 9.5 miles to "T" intersection at Normalville. Turn left on Rte. 381 toward Mill Run. Follow for 10 miles to Ohiopyle. Parking lot is the first one on the right.

From Johnstown:
Take Rte.219 South to Rte. 30 West to Ligonier. Take Rte. 711 South to Donegal (approx. 12.5 miles). Take Rte. 381/711 East/South to turn for Seven Springs. Take Rte. 381/711 South for 9.5 miles to Normalville. Turn left on Rte. 381 toward Mill Run. Follow for 10 miles to Ohiopyle. Parking lot is the first one on the right.
Map of start parking area


Driving directions to the Checkpoints and Aid Stations


Maple Summit Road aid station - 11.6 miles on the trail:

GPS: 39°53'30.44"N, 79°22'34.47"W


Left out of parking lot at start. Drive 1.9 miles and turn right at Dogwood restaurant. Drive 4.1 miles and turn right (Maple Summit road/Jersey Hollow Rd). Drive 1.8 miles to where the trail crosses the road. Park in the parking area on the left just past where the trail crosses the road. This is not a checkpoint, just an aid station.
PARK IN THE DESIGNATED PARKING AREA ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE ROAD. Local traffic uses this road, and they tend to drive fast, so be very careful here.


Checkpoint #1 (Route 653) - 19.3 miles on the trail:

GPS: 39°57'18.77"N, 79°22'11.49"W


Turn around on Maple Summit road, drive back 1.8 miles to the intersection and turn right. Drive 4.1 miles to intersection with Rte. 653. Turn right on Rte. 653 and drive .8 miles to trail parking lot on right. Hike access trail out of parking lot (1/4 mile) to LHHT.
Map of Route 653 parking area

Alternate - directly from Ohiopyle:
Turn left out of parking area at the start. Take Rte. 381 North 10 miles to Normalville. Turn right on Rte. 653 (before intersection of Rte. 381/711). Follow Rte. 653, 5.4 miles to trail praking on right. Hike access trail out of parking lot (1/4 mile) to LHHT.


County Line Road crossing - 28 miles on the trail:

GPS: 40° 2'18.27"N, 79°17'26.96"W


Return to Normalville. Turn right on Rte. 381/711. Drive 3.2 miles to Indian Head. Turn right, drive 4.2 miles to "T" and turn right. Drive 2.7 miles to where the trail crosses the road. If you get to the main entrance to Seven Springs, you have gone to far.
Park on shoulder, (caution, it is soft) or look for dirt road on the left and drive approx. 1/10 mile to trail crossing.


Checkpoint #2 (Route 31) - 32.3 miles on the trail:

GPS: 40° 4'4.04"N, 79°16'13.54"W


Re-trace 2.7 miles, stay to the right at the "Y" intersection. Follow 3 miles to the intersection with Rte. 381/711, turn right. Drive 1.2 miles to Jones Mills. Turn right on Rte. 31 East and drive 4.7 miles to grass parking lot on the left near intersection with Camp Run Rd.
Park in the grass field and walk to the checkpoint. Do not block the access road.
Map of Route 31 parking area

Alternate from Checkpoint #1 (Route 653): Return to Normalville. Turn right on Rte. 381/711. Drive 9.5 miles to Jones Mills. Turn right on Rte. 31 East and drive 4.7 miles to parking lot on the left.


Lynn Run road & railroad grade aid station - 39 miles on the trail:

GPS: 40° 6'56.93"N, 79°10'31.65"W


Turn right out of parking lot on Rte. 31 West. Go to Rte. 711 North at Donegal. Follow Rte. 711 North for 11.3 miles. Turn right toward Rector. Drive 1.3 miles, turn right. Follow signs to Linn Run. Drive 7 miles to Laurel Ridge State Pavilion.
Park at the pavilion, go left and walk to the checkpoint on dirt road past gate.


Checkpoint #3 (Route 30) - 46.4 miles on the trail:

GPS: 40°10'30.04"N, 79° 7'19.15"W


Turn left out of pavilion parking area. Follow Summit road to where it ends at Rte. 30. (the road is dirt and then changes to asphalt near the Laurel Ski area). Turn right onto Rte. 30 East, trail parking is on the right.
Map of Route 30 parking area

Please note, the actual timing area is on the North side of the road, in previous years, parking was available near the timing area. Because of construction, only the trail head parking area is available for us. Park at the trail head and walk to the timing area.
Alternate from Checkpoint #2 (Route 31): Turn right out of parking lot on Rte. 31 West. Go to Rte. 711 North at Donegal. Follow Rte. 711 North to intersection with Rte. 30 in Ligonier. Turn right on Rte. 30 East, drive to the summit of Laurel Mountain. Trail head parking is on your right as you start down the hill.


Checkpoint #4 (Route 271) - 57.3 miles on the trail:

GPS: 40°16'35.38"N, 79° 3'29.61"W


Turn left out of trail head parking area. Follow Rte. 30 West to Ligonier. Turn right on Rte. 711 North, following it through the Ligonier town square. Continue on Rte. 711 North, at the Sheetz, bear right on Rte. 271. Drive to the top of the mountain and turn right on the dirt road just past the summit of the mountain. (there will be a sign for the summit.) Park on the dirt road, checkpoint access is approx. 2/10 mile on the left.
Map of Route 271 parking area


Finish - 70.5 miles on the trail:

GPS: 40°24'47.53"N, 79° 0'10.77"W


Turn left out of parking area, follow Rte. 271 10 miles to intersection with Rte. 711 (Sheetz). Turn right on Rte. 711 North. Follow Rte. 711 North to intersection with Rte. 56. (note: Rte. 711 turns right in the town of New Florence) Turn right on Rte. 56 South/East and drive 1 mile to trail head parking on the right.
Map of Finish parking area

Alternate to finish:
Turn right out of Rte. 271 parking area. Drive 2.7 miles on Rte. 271, bear left at the Pick-n-Chicken. Drive 3.8 miles, look for a blinking light, go up a hill, turn left on St. Clair road. Drive 3.2 miles to a traffic light. Take Rte. 56 for 5.1 miles to trail head parking on the left.
Note: This alternate is shorter, but harder to find if you are not familiar with the area.

All of the parking area maps can be viewed by clicking here: Parking Maps

Special thanks to Chris Garber for providing the GPS information found on this page.

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