Barb Peterson Memorial Trail Orientation Hikes

Rachel Carson Trail Challenge - Saturday June 19, 2021

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 19.
  • 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 29
Harrison Hills Park Bobwhite to Bull Creek Road
7.4 miles
03:04 duration
Climbing 1539 ft Descending 1770 ft
This hike begins at Harrison Hills Park, skirting the bluffs over the Allegheny River, covering some easy and pleasant terrain. Then we hit Burtner Hill, one of the more infamous hills on the Trail. A nice view of the Bull Creek valley appears before a rapid descent to the finish.Meet at the Bobwhite Shelter in Harrison Hills Park. Take Route 28 to exit 16, turn east (right if exiting northbound) at the end of the ramp, then right again at the T-intersection with Freeport Road. The park is about one mile down on the left. Take the left fork of the Park entrance road and follow it 1/2 mile to the shelter parking lot on the right at the Bluejay sign. Map
Sunday May 30
Bull Creek Road to Freeport Road
9.4 miles
04:16 duration
Climbing 2598 ft Descending 2640 ft
This hike starts on Bull Creek Road near Tarentum and hits Bakerstown Hill, Bailey's Hill, Creighton Hill, and Murray Hill in short order. We will hike along the bluffs over the Allegheny River across from New Kensington and finish in Springdale.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
Saturday June 5
Freeport Road to Emmerling Park
8.6 miles
03:26 duration
Climbing 1810 ft Descending 1746 ft
This hike begins in Springdale and follows paved roads, traverses Log Cabin Hill, LeFever Hill, down Rich Hill, and then up to Emmerling Park and back down. Plenty of hills on this one.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 6
Emmerling Park to North Park Harmar
10.5 miles
03:59 duration
Climbing 1956 ft Descending 1589 ft
This hike begins in Emmerling Park and starts with some road hiking, follows Deer Creek, heads up Myers Hill, passes Hidden Pond, into the Hampton Nature Reserve, Crouse Run Valley, and finally enters North Park, ending at the Harmar Shelter.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