Barb Peterson Memorial Trail Orientation Hikes

Rachel Carson Trail Challenge - Saturday June 18, 2022

COVID-19 Changes

To avoid stranger carpooling, this year all hikes will meet at the start location at 8:15 AM. If you do not have a ride share, you can meet at the start and hike as far as you want then turn around and hike back to your car.

On this Barb Peterson Memorial Trail Orientation series of hikes, we will prepare for the Challenge by tracing the route just as you will encounter it on Saturday June 18.
  • Everyone is welcome; you do not need to be entered into the Challenge to participate.
  • These hikes can be strenuous. The objective is to acclimate you to the trail and get you accustomed to following it in the direction of this year's Challenge. Leaders will be maintaining an average pace of about 2.4 miles per hour, or a little over 25 minutes per mile.
  • You don't need to notify the hike leader that you plan to attend. Simply show up on time.
  • Please bring at least a quart of water (more if the temperature will be warm) and some energy snacks (e.g. Powerbar).
  • All hikes will meet at the hike start. It is your responsibility to arrange a car shuttle with safe friends or family members beforehand so that you can be at the hike start at 8:15 AM.
  • Although dogs are wonderful, please don't bring them on these hikes.
  • All hikes meet at the start at 8:15 AM. Plan for later hikes to take up to nine hours (including sign-in, announcements, car shuttling, and so forth).
  • The hikes are free. A suggested donation of $3 per person may be given to the hike leader on the day of the hike.

Saturday May 28
North Park Harmar to Emmerling Park
10.5 miles
03:57 duration
Climbing 1581 ft Descending 1948 ft
This hike begins at the Harmar Shelter in North Park, climbs up and over the park, down into Crouse Run valley and Hampton Nature Preserve, up to one of the highest points in Allegheny County, passes Hidden Pond, and finishes with some road-walking, ending in Emmerling Park.Meet at the Harmar Shelter in North Park. Take I279 north to the McKnight Road exit and travel 6.4 miles north. Take the North Park/Ingomar Rd. exit east and turn right at the third traffic light onto Babcock Blvd., then take the next left onto Hemlock Drive, then left again into the swimming pool lot. Follow the perimeter drive all the way back and bear right. The Harmar Shelter is ahead on the left, behind the guardrail. Map
Sunday May 29
Emmerling Park to Freeport Road
8.6 miles
03:25 duration
Climbing 1749 ft Descending 1810 ft
This hike heads up and out of Emmerling Park, up Rich Hill, Lefever Hill and Log Cabin hill, heading towards Springdale. We end at Freeport Road in Springdale.Meet at the Emmerling Park lot. Take Route 28 to Exit #11 and follow Route 910 (Yellow Belt) west about 4 miles and turn right on Cove Run Road. Travel about 0.5 mile to park entrance on the right. Map
Saturday June 4
Freeport Road to Bull Creek Road
9.4 miles
04:14 duration
Climbing 2627 ft Descending 2588 ft
This hike begins in Springdale and follows the picturesque bluffs along the Allegheny River, then tackles Murray hill, Crawford Run hill, and more. It ends at Bull Creek Road near Tarentum.Meet at the Springdale Veterans Association Hall parking lot in Springdale. Take Route 28 to Exit #12A (Pittsburgh Mills). At the end of the ramp, turn away from the mall on the main entrance road, then turn left onto Tawney Run Road. After about 1/2 mile turn right on Riddle Run Road. Follow this road until it ends at Freeport Road and turn right. The Springdale Veterans Association Hall entrance will be on your right in about 1/4 mile. Park on the right side of the building, on the gravel portion of the lot. Map
Sunday June 5
Bull Creek Road to Harrison Hills Park ELC
7.8 miles
03:11 duration
Climbing 1891 ft Descending 1580 ft
This hike begins at Bull Creek Road near Tarentum with a steep climb up to a nice view of the Bull Creek valley. Soon we hit Burtner Hill, one of the biggest and toughest hills on the Trail, followed by some easy and pleasant terrain along the bluffs over the Allegheny River and ending in Harrison Hills Park.Meet at the parking area at the intersection of Bull Creek Road and Ridge Road. Take Route 28 to Exit #14 (Tarentum). Turn north on Bull Creek Road for a very short distance, turn right on Ridge Road, then immediately turn into the parking area on the right. Map