The other side of the South Side

19 09 2017

Join Urban Hike this Sunday, Sept. 24, as we explore the other side of the South Side! We’ll hike from river’s edge to the base of the slopes, and all the way down to Station Square. Along the way, we’ll visit historic buildings and learn about future developments. And, although we’ll be hiking the South Side Flats, we’ve still found a way to fit in some steps!

This hike will be 4 miles and, besides the steps, fairly flat. As always, we walk rain or shine, so come prepared for whatever the weather may hold. Parking in the South Side is free on Sundays, but public transportation, biking, and carpooling are always recommended.

Meet outside Beehive Coffeehouse at 10:00 a.m. or come early for breakfast or coffee at this South Side institution.


Photo credit: Ally Ruggieri / 90.5 WESA


Shuffle off to Charleroi, August 12

7 08 2017

Charleroi, PA is a small town along the Mononaghelia River in Washington County. The community has a rich history and we will only be scraping the surface during the hike. There will be a couple of steep hills that we will be climbing, so the difficulty of the hike could be rated as medium.

The starting location is Perked Up Cafe, 530 McKean Ave, so you will be able to get a coffee/tea or a snack before we start the hike. We shove off at 10:30am, rain or shine, on the approximately 3.2 mile route.

Lunch options:
Come hungry! Support local businessses! (Detailed list coming soon)

Please park in the large lot right off of Fifth Avenue where a business plaza is located. There will be plenty of free spaces.

It is about a 45 minute drive from Pittsburgh. The most convienent way to get to Charleroi from Pittsburgh is to use Mon Fayette Expressway 43 (make sure to bring toll fares). For those who want to explore a new transit company, the Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority has buses that go from Pittsburgh to Charleroi. Expect the trip to last an hour and half.

Pop-up Urban Hike this Sunday, July 16!

13 07 2017

Join Urban Hike this Sunday, July 16 at 10:00 a.m. for a pop-up hike in the Upper Hill and North Oakland areas.

We’ll meet at the cross section of O’Hara St./Parkman Ave./Bigelow Blvd. (Yes, the streets change name mid intersection!) It’s also the northmost corner of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and plaza, if that helps.

From our starting point, we’ll wander east through Schenley Farms Historic District and hear about Schenley High School from our favorite alumna ;). We’ll then hike north into the Upper Hill and circle back south past the VA hospital, the Fisher House and through the University of Pittsburgh’s campus. The loop is a short, but hilly, 3 miles. We are planning fewer speakers than usual, so we expect to finish in a relatively quick two(ish) hours.

Right now, the forecast for Sunday is 85°F and mostly sunny, so make sure to pack your water bottle and sunscreen. Of course, we hike rain or shine or anywhere in between. We look forward to seeing you Sunday morning!


This Saturday: Urban Hike + Jane’s Walk all over Allegheny Center & Deutschtown

2 05 2017

The first Urban Hike of 2017 is Saturday, May 6 in the Allegheny Center and Deutschtown neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. Meet at Arnold’s Tea at 502 East Ohio St. by 9:30 a.m. to start our hike (or 15 minutes early to grab tea or coffee at Arnold’s!)

This hike will be part of the international event called Jane’s Walk, which commemorates Jane Jacobs, the author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities. The hike will feature how large parts of Allegheny Center and Deutschtown were demolished due to urban renewal and highway building. For example, the business district of the former Allegheny City (the third largest city in PA in 1899) was completely demolished in 1966 to make way for the Allegheny Center mall, office buildings, and residential high rises. East of Allegheny Center, Deutschtown / East Allegheny was cut in half by a highway. Before and after pictures will be shown at the hike.

The hike is about three miles long and should last between 2-3 hours. We have a few stops planned including City of Asylum’s Alphabet City, Alloy 26 in Nova Place, and sculptures in Deutschtown. The hike will end at Arnold’s Tea, which has sandwiches for lunch.

As always, we hike rain, shine, or cold, so be sure to bring the appropriate gear. If driving to the hike, there is 2-hour parking on East Ohio St. and 4-hour parking alongside the park on Cedar Ave. We also recommend walking, biking, taking public transportation, and carpooling!

We look forward to seeing you on May 6th!

Fancy a walk in Wilkinsburg?

26 10 2016

Then join us on October 29th for the last Urban Hike of 2016!

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Wilkinsburg is a small municipality (only 2.3 square miles) that was actually a part of the City of Pittsburgh for a few years until the residents voted to separate in 1871. The town’s rich history is further influenced by its strategic location along the historic Penn Lincoln highway, its remarkably high concentration of churches, and being the birthplace of both Scholastic Magazine and the first commercial radio broadcast.

This too-often passed over urban suburb of Pittsburgh has many impressive improvement efforts underway. On our walk we’ll learn about some of the great things happening in town including the local art scene, small business growth, historic preservation efforts, and much more!

We will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot next to Nancy’s East End Diner at 616 South Ave. Biking should be easy for those living in the East End. Multiple bus options are available (P1, 86, 71C/D and 61A, among others). If driving, the lot next to Nancy’s is open to the public, along with other lots available nearby. The route is relatively flat compared to other hikes and is about four miles long. We hope to have the hike finished before 1:30 p.m. and invite people to stay for lunch at Nancy’s.

See you on October 29th!

Urban Hike Allentown

19 09 2016

Allentown is far from the city’s newest neighborhood (it was incorporated into the City of Pittsburgh in 1872!), but it’s certainly going through a renewal. There’s a recently dedicated greenway, businesses and artwork popping up, an innovative co-working space, a portion of the city’s newest major park (Emerald View), and more! So, where do we find all this, you ask? Just head uphill from the South Side or east from Mt. Washington and you’ll be in Allentown! Meet us at the parking lot at Allen St. and Manton Way at 12:00 noon on September 24th and we’ll show you around! (Big thanks to Alla Famiglia for letting us park in their lot!)

The hike will be approximately 3 miles, but we’ll traverse many hills and some steep city steps, so this hike isn’t for the ‘faint of calves’. A significant portion of the route will be on dirt trails, some of which have roots, rocks, and overgrowth, so hiking shoes and bug spray are recommended. As always, bring whatever else you need for the weather — water bottle, hat, sunscreen, umbrella, etc. We hike rain or shine. We estimate the hike will take about 2 hours.

After the hike, we invite you to join us for a much-deserved brunch at Breakfast at Shelly’s. They’d appreciate a heads up on how many will be coming, so please let us know in the comments or via Facebook if you plan to stay for brunch. Thanks!


We look forward to seeing you in Allentown!

Bloomfield beckons on August 6

25 07 2016


For this hike we are going to be in Bloomfield! You may be familiar with Pittsburgh’s “Little Italy”, but there are some hidden gems in this tightly packed neighborhood that even locals might be surprised to find! We’ll hike down below the Bloomfield bridge, up along Penn Ave, and everywhere in between.

Hikers, meet us a block up from the Saturday Market at Bloomfield Development Corporation’s office (BDC) by 9:15 a.m. We’re starting a little earlier than our other hikes this season to avoid some of the summer heat as well as leave some time to visit the Saturday Market afterwards. Parking at the public garage next to BDC’s office or along Friendship Park is encouraged over Liberty Ave since the meters allow longer parking.

The hike is a little under 4 miles. Though Bloomfield is mostly flat, we will be going down the hill towards the busway and up steps. Be prepared for the summer heat and bring water and possibly a hat. We will hike rain or shine.

See you bright and early at 9:15 a.m. on August 6th!