Cross Country Skiing along Laurel Run Road

The conditions in Rothrock made for some solid cross-country skiing last week, and whenever conditions are optimal, sometimes taking a minute away from what’s in front of you to snap a pic can be a chore. The path taken on this adventure begins on Laurel Run Road–a common place to cross-country ski that is equipped with a convenient parking lot and various routes to take–and covers sections of the Lonberger Path, the Black Gum Trail, and some distance along Galbraith Gap Run, a beautiful tributary to Spring Creek. Just under 2 miles were covered and the snow was both enjoyable to ski in and made the perfect setting for a trip with man’s best friend.

Where to begin and end: Laurel Run Road

Relive ‘Laurel Run Road’

A map of the route that was covered.

Getting ready in the parking lot, and boy is Ruffwear’s Lumenglow Dog Jacket the perfect addition on cold days in lower light conditions.

Like all outdoor activities, cross-country skiing is something that you want to be prepared to do safely and comfortably, and despite each of us having our own requirements, here are a few things that should be brought along: a map of Rothrock State Forest, a good pair of ski socks, a water bottle, a headlamp for after dusk, and proper clothing for the day’s conditions. And if you’re looking to rent a pair of cross-country skis before committing, we offer a rental service.

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