Troy Hill Thanks

28 07 2015

Thank you to all who came out Saturday for our Troy Hill hike — we hope you had a good time!

During the hike, on the Route 28 walkway, we passed a grotto and several murals. There wasn’t time to stop and share then, but you can visit now for more information on the artist and the individuals, places, and periods she depicts in the murals.

To read more about the history of Troy Hill in general, visit the Troy Hill Citizens, Inc. website.

We look forward to seeing you on our next hike!

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Trying out Troy Hill

23 07 2015

Could Troy Hill be the most diverse urban landscape in Pittsburgh? It’s got an island, a leafy riverfront trail, a major highway, steep hills, historic homes, modern lofts, a plateau with breathtaking views, and much more! We won’t walk past all of it, but we’ll cover some of it and take you to great vantage points to see the rest on an urban hike of Troy Hill!

We’ll begin at the parking lot under the 31st Street Bridge on Washington’s Landing (yep, that’s part of Troy Hill) and end at 2:00pm at Scratch food & beverage, a restaurant coming to Troy Hill in August, but holding a special event the evening of the hike and opening early just for us! In between, we’ll take in the murals along the new Route 28 walkway, visit a unique bookstore and gallery space, climb some city steps… we could go on, but we’d rather save it for the hike!

So, join us on Saturday, July 25th and bring some scratch for Scratch (they’re still cash only at this point). Other necessary items? A water bottle, comfortable shoes, and whatever the day’s weather requires – we hike rain or shine!

We look forward to seeing you Saturday!


Saturday July 25
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Meet under the 31st Street Bridge on Washington’s Landing

Hazelwood hike: past, present, and future!

12 06 2015



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!

Hill District recap

3 05 2015

Thanks to all who attended this weekend’s Hill District hike. You can find a pdf of the map on our Past Hikes page.

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Urban Hike heads up into the Hill District

26 04 2015

Did you know that “The Hill District” isn’t actually a City of Pittsburgh neighborhood? It’s five! Visit four of them (Middle Hill, Terrace Village, Crawford Roberts, and Bedford Dwellings) with Urban Hike to learn about some of the past and future of this storied “district.”

We are excited to offer this hike as part of Jane’s Walk, an international movement very much aligned with Urban Hike. On the first weekend in May, hundreds of citizen-led walking tours will take place around the world inspired by Jane Jacobs, a community activist who promoted walkable communities (and opposed urban renewal projects, including the one that removed blocks of houses and businesses in order to build the Civic Arena). For more info, visit

We’ll meet Saturday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m. in the community room of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Hill District branch. There should be plenty of street parking available in the immediate vicinity, as well as a small lot behind the Library.

The hike is about 4 miles long. As the neighborhood’s name suggests, there are plenty of hills and a healthy set of steps — so it’s not the easiest hike for kids in strollers. Or for the adults pushing them. Bring your hiking shoes, water, and whatever the day’s weather requires – we hike rain or shine! The hike will last around 2.5 hours.

We look forward to seeing you on May 2nd!



Saturday May 2
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Meet at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Hill District Branch
2177 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Urban Hike makes a beeline for Brookline!

4 09 2014

Urban Hike is excited to be a part of the festivities of Brookline Unveiled, a celebration of Brookline timed with the unveiling of the recent Brookline Boulevard makeover. We will begin with a walk along the Boulevard, venture into the hilly residential area, and end at the Brookline Unveiled celebration where hikers will have their pick of great food options and live music. Along the way, we’ll visit a couple of unique neighborhood spots and walk (down) the longest set of steps in the city (378!) Of course, if we lose elevation we have to gain it somewhere else, so this hike will not be for the weak-kneed (pun very much intended).

We’ll leave from Cannon Coffee at 10:00 a.m., so arrive early if you want to grab a pre-hike refreshment. Other Brookline Unveiled festivities also begin at 10:00 a.m. and a block of the boulevard will be closed, so if you’re arriving by car and need to park, leave extra time for that too.

The hike is a little under 4 miles — with hills and stops we’re estimating it will take 2 to 2.5 hours. Come prepared for whatever weather we’re facing as we hike rain or shine. Given the steps and hills, this probably is not a good hike for strollers (again, both meanings intended!) If you would like to visit the famed Las Palmas taco stand or any of the food trucks in for the Unveiled festivities, make sure to bring cash.



Saturday September 6th
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Meet at Cannon Coffee
802 Brookline Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15226

Over hill and over dale, it’s a thrill to hike Millvale!

17 07 2014

Join us for a 4-mile walk in Millvale this Saturday, July 19th. The hike begins at 10:00 a.m., but we suggest you arrive early to grab a treat from the highly regarded Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery. As we hike, we’ll catch a couple of highlights in the business district, peak in on the Max Vanko murals, speak to some Franciscan nuns about their peaceful and eco-friendly Millvale home, and, as always, walk on residential streets to get the real feel of the neighborhood.

This hike is a bit flatter than most, but it’s still Pittsburgh, so there will be some hills and city steps. Come prepared with your walking shoes, a bottle of water and, if needed, an umbrella. We hike rain or shine.

Don’t let the parking meters on North and Grant Avenues fool you, they are free on weekends. Park wherever you can find a spot near the bakery.

Deer in MillvaleIf you have time after the hike, stick around for lunch at Sidelines Bar and Grill with the Urban Hike crew or brunch on your own at the original Pamela’s — the P&G Diner — which is within a block of our starting spot at Jean-Marc’s.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!