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Elk County Pennsylvania Ski Trails

Laurel Mill Cross County Ski and Hiking Trail System

Allegheny National Forest

Length:  10.7 miles

The Laurel Mill Trail is a system of interconnecting loops totaling 17.2 kilometers (10.7 miles) for cross country skiing and hiking.  The trailhead offers parking, restroom and a warming hut that are accessible to persons with disabilities.

The trails are marked with blue diamonds. Laurel Mill offers challenges to a wide range of skill levels. The Elk Loop and Perseverance Loop are designated EASIEST and are suitable for beginning skiers. The Scout Loop, Hemlock Loop and One Mile Loop are designated MORE DIFFICULT and are suitable for more advanced skiers. The Sparrow Nest Loop is best suited to hiking. "You Are Here" signs are located at trail junctions and other key locations.

The Hemlock Loop offers some scenic views of the Ridgway Reservoir as you go up Spillway Hill. The Scout Loop adds some excitement as you twist down Suicide Slide and Brigg's Dike.  Ski cautiously over Lewis Run Bridge. If you desire solitude, try the trails on the southern side of the system. The scenery and quiet will be well worth the effort.

These trails are for hiking and cross-country skiing.  Mountain bikes, motorized vehicles, ATV's and snowmobiles are not allowed on any of the trails.  Forest trails policy prohibits the use of saddle, pack or draft animals on hiking and cross-country ski trails.  Camping is allowed along the trail as long as your equipment does not block the trail. 


The Laurel Mill Trailhead is located three miles west of Ridgway on Township Road 307, often called the Spring Creek Road.

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