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35,53 km

97 maal bekeken, 1 maal gedownload

in de buurt Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania (United States)

I started this moderate trek at the corner of Forbes & Murray Avenues in Squirrel Hill at 40.43803°N and -79.92303°W. From here a couple options exist. For the adventurous you can start walking along Murray Avenue. You can also start biking from this point. Or the third alternative is to get the city bus (Port Authority) route #61D (Murray – Waterfront) or the #64 (Lawrenceville – Waterfront). The buses are equipped with bike racks but the one way ride cost $2.75 U.S.D. which I find is steep.
Murray Avenue ends at Hazelwood Avenue at 40.41972°N and -79.92814°W. You’d take Hazelwood Avenue only for a few metres onto Browns Hill Road at 40.41958°N and -79.92720°W. Small sections of Browns Hill Road do not have a sidewalk if you’re walking and the traffic moves pretty quickly along this corridor. This leads directly to the Homestead Grays Bridge. This offers pretty good views of the Waterfront.
As you exit the bridge you must cross at the traffic lights to recover the sidewalk to head along West 5th Avenue at 40.40746°N and -79.91419°W. You can make a quick stop at “The Stacks” located at 40.40477°N and -79.91799°W. You pick up the Great Allegheny Passage Trail just beyond the corner of Waterfront Drive and West 5th Street at 40.40349°N and -79.91970°W. You’d be following the section of the trail that’s heading due east. The trail heads toward Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh in the opposite direction. That leg is a fairly easy approximately 10 mile trek.
You can opt to walk through the Waterfront Shopping Area and pick up the Pedestrian Bridge over West Waterfront Drive at 40.40833°N and -79.91770°W. The better part of this trek along the banks of the Monongahela River begins on the opposite side of that pedestrian bridge at 40.40885°N and -79.91837°W. Along the trail there’s a lot of restaurants and pubs. Most interesting are the views of the river. It’s not unusual to see Canada Geese about the river.
The walking trail exits onto the sidewalk along East Waterfront Drive at 40.41440°N and -79.89960°W. It’s only a very short walk to the Homestead Labyrinth at 40.41421°N and -79.89825°W. There’s a lot to see, do, and reflect upon at this spot. If you’re lucky you may even see the train go along the labyrinth. The Great Allegheny Passage continues heading along East Waterfront Drive to the Rivers of Steel Pump House & Water Tower located at 40.41298°N and -79.89631°W. This was the site of the 1892 Battle of Homestead.
The Rivers of Steel Section of the Great Allegheny Passage begins just past Bristol Metal at 40.40754°N and -79.88854°W. This trail is very clearly marked and unfortunately it’s paved. It is also a shared trail so you would encounter many cyclists, walkers, joggers, and people walking dogs. I’ve been fortunate to see a few birds of prey, rabbits, and deer along this section of the trail.
The trail goes under the Rankin Bridge at 40.40461°N and -79.88212°W. Unusually, there’s a bench placed there looking out at the river. You’re walking next to a very busy railroad at this point. The trail crosses the railway lines at the Whitaker Bridge at 40.40176°N and -79.87805°W. On the other side of this bridge you’d be crossing from the Munhall area into the West Mifflin area. Additionally you’re now some distance away from the banks of the river. Along this section of the trail there are a few picnic tables, benches, and a memorial for someone who died along the trail possibly. The upper banks are loose and when I traversed the trail this evening a section had given way sending very large rocks down the incline onto the trail.
You get a relatively good view of the Braddock Locks and Dam further along the trail. There are a couple of very small waterfalls along this section of the trail as well. The trail continues past the Kennywood Park Amusement Park at 40.38933°N and -79.86316°W. Just beyond there you’d find a martialling area for trail volunteers. It contains a water pump, air pump, and a portable washroom. In addition it has a small picnic area with a view of the river. The trail continues running just below but parallel to Commonwealth Avenue in the City of Duquesne. There is another railway crossing bridge located at 40.38259°N and -79.85376°W. There is a major road crossing at Grant Avenue at 40.37386°N and -79.84451°W. The trail then continues along what’s labelled as Braddock Historic Road past mostly warehousing facilities along South Linden Street. There’s a small picnic table just off the trail beyond the South Linden Street tunnel at 40.36356°N and -79.84200°W.
This trail continues under the South Duquesne Boulevard Bridge at 40.25998°N and -79.84522°W. The trail has its own crossing via the McKeesport Connecting Railroad Bridge at 40.35832°N and -79.84745°W. This is a lovely structure spanning the Monongahela River and affords very good views of the South Duquesne Boulevard Bridge, South Duquesne, and McKeesport. The bridge makes landfall on the McKeesport side of the Monongahela River at 40.35555°N and -79.84764°W. It continues onto Industry Road and connects to the McKees Point Trailhead at 40.35445°N and -79.86876°W. Today I stopped just past 40.35544°N and -79.84973°W because of fading daylight and made the long trek back to Squirrel Hill mostly following the same path. However, the trail through McKeesport is relatively simple and well marked. Within a few minutes it's easy to get to the Youghiogheny River and the McKees Point Trailhead. The only real diversion was through the East Waterfront Drive area I chose to use the sidewalk back to the Waterfront and not the trail because of icy conditions.
The Great Allegheny Passage goes along to Washington D.C. and is an approximately 342 mile one way journey. This is highly recommended as a summer hiking trip or biking adventure. On my trek back through Braddock this evening I bumped into a backpacker calling himself “Bloom” [trailname as is common in the hiking fraternity] and his dog. He said they’ve been trekking for just over a year now from the West Coast. Hats off to you and your dog Bloom! You've emancipated yourself from a world of abstraction, false security and material excess. I certainly hope that our trails cross again. Godspeed.

“It should not be denied... that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations, with absolute freedom, and the road has always led West.”
Wallace Stegner (1909 - 1993).

Happy Trails.
Waypoint

Forbes & Murray Avenues

This waypoint marks the start of the trek at Forbes & Murray Avenues in Squirrel Hill.
Bevoorrading

Waterfront

This waypoint was placed at the Waterfront Shopping area.
Brug

Pedestrian Walkway

This waypoint sits at the pedestrian walkway over West Waterfront Drive
Waypoint

Trailhead

This waypoint sits at the start of this riverfront section of the trail.
Rivier

Homestead Labyrinth

This waypoint sits at the Homestead Labyrinth
Museum

Pump House

This waypoint sits at the Pump House.
Waypoint

Great Allegheny Passage Trailhead

This waypoint sits at the Rivers of Steel Section of the Great Allegheny Passage.
Brug

Rankin Bridge

This waypoint sits directly under the Rankin Bridge
Brug

Whitaker Bridge

This waypoint sits at the pedestrian and cycling crossing along the Whitaker Bridge
Picknick

Picnic Tables

This waypoint sits at one of the many picnic tables scattered along this section of the trail. This one overlooks the Swissvale and Braddock areas
Waterval

Waterfall

This waypoint sits at one of the few small waterfalls along this section of the trail.
Waterval

Waterfall

This waypoint sits at one of the few small waterfalls along this section of the trail.
Waypoint

Trail Memorial

This waypoint sits at a small memorial along the trail in memory of someone fallen.
Waypoint

Kennywood Park

This waypoint sits at the back of Kennywood Park
Uitkijkpunt

Braddock Locks

This waypoint sits at a spot on the trail that overlooks Braddock Locks along the Monongahela River.
Picknick

Picnic Tables

This waypoint sits at a small picnic site along the trail.
Brug

Pedestrian Bridge

This waypoint sits at the pedestrian bridge crossing the railway tracks outside Duquesne
Waypoint

Duquesne

This waypoint sits just outside the City of Duquesne at the major road crossing at Grant Avenue
Picknick

Picnic Tables

This waypoint sits at a small picnic table just off the trail beyond the South Linden Street tunnel
Brug

McKeesport Connecting Railroad Bridge

This waypoint sits at the McKeesport Connecting Railroad Bridge
Waypoint

McKeesport Turning Point

This waypoint sits at the Great Allegheny Passage trail signpost on the McKeesport side of the McKeesport Connecting Railroad Bridge.
Uitkijkpunt

River View

This waypoint sits at a metal platform offering good views of both bridges that span the Monongahela River.

1 reactie

  • Foto van Trini Hiker

    Trini Hiker 26-feb-2021

    Ik heb deze route gevolgd  Bekijk in detail

    It's worth doing. The most interesting part of the trail was the leg between the Waterfront in Homestead right to the crossing at the McKeesport Connecting Railroad Bridge into McKeesport.