New Kensington and Arnold Hike June 18

10 06 2016

New Kensington and Arnold are anything but new (the first settlements appeared in the 1700s), but if they’re new to you, then you’re in for a treat because these neighboring towns are packed with surprises!

We don’t want to give too much away in advance, but in case you need a hook we’ll divulge a little. This hike features everything you’d expect in a Pittsburgh community (river views, picturesque aging industrial buildings, and at least one good hill). It also has church built with materials salvaged from Pittsburgh’s “Millionaire’s Row” and a beautiful former Alcoa research lab with aluminum details that is actively being converted into its next use (we’ll get the scoop from the owner on the hike). And that’s not all… but we want to save some surprises for the hike!

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As always, come prepared for a true hike. Bring a water bottle, comfortable walking shoes, and whatever the day’s weather requires — we hike rain or shine! The route will be 4.25 miles and mostly, but not entirely, flat.

We’ll begin at Coleman’s Catering, a new local business where — if you arrive early — you can grab a drink, a snack, or even eggs & sausage in case you need some energy for the hike. On-street parking is not enforced, nor is the parking lot on the 1000 block of Barnes Street just nearby.

And speaking of food, we encourage you to join us for a beer and bite after the hike at the highly-recommended House of 1000 Beers.

New Kensington is an easy drive out Route 28 and a hop across the Allegheny River. Click on this Google Maps link to Coleman’s Catering to create your own directions.

The hike starts at 10:00 a.m. and we expect it’ll last around 2.5 hours. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, June 18th!

First Urban Hike of 2016 on May 7th: Manchester & Chateau

3 05 2016

Come learn about these great neighborhoods filled with history! New and historic buildings will be highlighted on the hike. We’ll see before and after images of the neighborhoods and learn about both old and recent housing developments along the way. We’ll also roll by Bicycle Heaven! The hike is about 3 miles long and it should last between 2-3 hours. Bring water and snacks, if you wish. The hike will end near the Western Avenue business district with multiple points available for lunch.

This hike is part of an 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 Manchester and Chateau were once a connected neighborhood that was severed by highway expansions. The thriving Beaver Street business district was completely demolished to make way for the Route 65 highway.

As always, we hike rain, shine, or cold, so be sure to bring the appropriate gear. This hike will be mostly flat, with a set of steps near the West End Bridge as the one exception.

Please consider taking public transportation to the hike. The starting location is a short walk from the Allegheny T Station that provides free service from Downtown. If driving, please be advised to parking restrictions on the streets and in parking lots.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, May 7th at 10:00 a.m.!

Starting location: Meet at the small parklet just to the west of the intersection of Allegheny and North Avenue.

Ready for a fall hike in Springdale?

15 10 2015

Join Urban Hike on Sunday to enjoy a fall urban hike in a town surrounded by leafy green (and, hopefully, red, orange, and yellow) hills – Springdale, PA! Of course, we’ll visit the Rachel Carson Homestead and Glen’s Custard, but we’ll also stop at a few lesser known places too, like the PPG plant.


This hike will be a bit shorter than usual (3.3 miles, a little under 2 hours if you don’t stay for lunch) so yinz can get home for the Steelers game! If you’re not in a hurry, stick around and grab some pumpkin pie custard at Glen’s or some pumpkin beer and a warm bowl of soup at Ladle’s.

As always, we hike rain, shine, or cold, so be sure to bring the appropriate gear. This hike will be entirely on sidewalk (no city steps or dirt trails), so if you can handle pushing uphill it will be stroller-friendly.

Although we’re meeting at Glen’s, please do not park in their lot. There is on-street parking on Porter Street (the side street next to Glen’s) above and below Pittsburgh Street and in the neighborhood nearby.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Hike recap:
Sunday, October 18
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Park on Porter or another nearby street by Glen’s Custard (just not in Glen’s lot!)

Save the date for Springdale

4 10 2015

Our next hike will be on Sunday, October 18 in Springdale! We’re finalizing speaker plans, but expect to start hiking somewhere between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. We’ll send out the final details as soon as they are set!

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!