Hazelwood hike: past, present, and future!

12 06 2015

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A lot has changed in Hazelwood since hazelnut trees covered the river bank and resident John Woods was drafting the original plan for the City of Pittsburgh. And more changes are coming soon. Join Urban Hike as we get to know Hazelwood past, present, and future the best way we know how — on foot!

We’ll begin and end at a new amenity in Hazelwood — the Summer Marketplace on the 4800 block of Second Ave. We’ll depart from the market at 10:00 a.m., but Mee Mee’s Tis So Sweet, a resident-owned business, is setting up early just for us! Bring some cash and join us at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and unique baked goods. And stay after the hike for grilled lunch specials from Elite Treats & Specialty Feasts, including smoky mac and cheese. Yum! (Note: both businesses are cash only.)

Worried about all those calories? Don’t be! This hike is 5 miles long and Hazelwood is full of hills and steps, so you’ll be burning them off. Really. This will be a challenging hike! In addition to length and elevation, we will face uneven terrain and, if weather permits, dirt trails. This hike is not appropriate for beginning hikers and we suggest that attendees of all abilities bring water and comfortable shoes.

Other things to know:
Parking is available on both sides of Second Avenue, but please leave space in front of the market for regular customers. There are also some informal parking lots off of Gloster St, one block towards the river from Second Ave.

The last leg of the hike is on private property, so all hikers will have to sign a waiver to proceed. Those who do not wish to do so may end the hike early.

We hike rain or shine, so bring your sunscreen and/or umbrella accordingly!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, June 20th!

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