No Frills Fineview

29 10 2013

We’re trying a new style of hike. We’re returning to a neighborhood we hiked years ago, but this time with no map, no speakers, and no frills. Just a big group of friends out enjoying a Pittsburgh hike — steps, views, old houses, paper streets, and some fresh fall air.

We’ll start in Allegheny Commons, hike up into Fineview, and return to East Allegheny for some optional after-hike refreshments. The hike should only take about an hour and a half, so plan to warm up afterwards at the historic James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy.

Besides James Street, we won’t be going inside at all, so this is a great hike for dogs. We will be going up and down lots of steps however, so it is probably not ideal for strollers.

Urban Hike’s No Frills Fineview Hike
Sunday, November 3 at 1:00 p.m.
Meet at the northwest corner of E. Ohio Street and Cedar Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212


Greenfield and Friends

26 09 2013

Thanks for coming out for our hike! Rain like we had helps put the “green” in Greenfield. ;) Our small but hardy group walked nearly five miles, handling the hills and steps in stride. Along the way, we:

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Finishing out the summer in Greenfield

16 09 2013

September 21st is the last day of summer — get out and enjoy it with Urban Hike! We’re headed to Greenfield; Despite the tranquil-sounding name, we won’t find many flat fields here. Winding streets, steps, hills and heights are more this neighborhood’s style.

But we know you can handle it! Come prepared for whatever the late summer weather brings … we’ll hike rain or shine. We are starting and ending at 201 Saline St.  (Right in front of Big Jim’s restaurant in “The Run”.) There should be plenty of street parking available in the immediate vicinity, with additional parking near the Junction Hollow Trail.

From there we’ll head up and down Greenfield’s hills, taking in the sights and hearing from a few local speakers along the way. The hike is just under five miles long. We’ll begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. The hike will last around three hours, and we’ll end with an optional lunch at Big Jim’s afterwards. We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

View of downtown Pittsburgh from Greenfield

View from the corner of Lydia and Bigelow streets

Here’s the recap:

What: Urban Hike’s Greenfield hike
When: Saturday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Meet outside 201 Saline Street in Greenfield.
Why: Winter is coming. Get outside while you still can.

West View wrap up

31 07 2013

Thanks for coming out to our West View hike! We (poorly) dodged raindrops, hiked hills, covered over five miles, met new friends, and generally had a great time. Follow our route here. Hike highlights include:

Stay tuned for our next hike … details to come in a few short weeks!

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West View Urban Hike is July 27th

24 07 2013

Join us this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. as Urban Hike heads north to West View (hey, it’s west of something, right?)

We’ll take in residential streets, pleasant valley views, and at least one cool old church. This will be a longer hike — almost 5 miles. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water, and be ready for a workout — this hike’s got plenty of hills and a couple sets of steps along the way.


We hope to finish in about two and a half hours. Right near the end of the hike we’ll visit a wacky pinball warehouse — if you’d like to stay and play, bring $5.00. We’ll then conclude the hike right down the street at an ol’time I.s.a.l.y.’s diner. (Meet here for the hike start too.) Yinz want some chipped chopped ham?

For parking, there’s a lot behind the businesses on 19 as you head north (look for the green P sign). There are also options south from our starting point and along Center Ave. All-in-all, there is quite a lot of parking available, so you’ll find something. Signs say it’s a two-hour limit, but they don’t enforce on Saturday — we asked!

See you Saturday!

Urban Hike heads to West View next!

21 07 2013

Urban Hike heads to West View

Save the Date! Next Urban Hike is Saturday July 27th at 10:00 a.m. in West View.

A hike in pictures: Harmony and Zelienople

30 06 2013

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Big thanks to the great speakers and to all the hikers who came out! Check out our route here.


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