1 comment. Hot New Top. I highly recommend this trail network to riders of all skill levels and abilities. Along the way (about 1.5 miles from the airport) the Connector travels a short distance on Clinton Rd, so people who just want to start a road tour don't need to go all the way over to the Montour Trail. Come into town on W-Main (Nobelstown Rd) Switch over to E-Main and after you go under the parkway bear left -Bell Ave. this intersects with Idlewood then jog over to onto Chartiers where there is a bit of bike path. Pittsburgh to DC on the Famous GAP & C&O Canal Rail Trails Conde Naste magazine included this unique trail system in its “most beautiful rail-trail list” and you’ll quickly see why. I ride from McKeesport PA to McDonald PA in this video. Click here to login. You will then take a right on River Road, which will lead you up to a stop light where you will take a left on 5th Street. The new Montour Trail Airport Connector connects the Enlow Ball Park (aka Five Points) trailhead of the Montour Trail to the Airport, a distance of a bit over 6 miles. Advertise Your Business to Trail Travelers! It is amazing to see the progress made over the last 5 years. Information. Be prepared for ruts, tree roots, mud and mosquitos. Going strong for 25 years, the Montour Trail has proved its merits from its littlest rider on a set of training wheels to top government officials. This 185 mile trail will lead you into Washington D.C. JF, It exists already. Accessibility: The trail surface is part asphalt/part gravel and typically at least six feet wide. Montour Trail By Jesse Mestrovic Trail User. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable by law. Once you ride the GAP approximately 150 miles, you will meet the C&O Canal Towpath. Pittsburgh to DC on the Famous GAP & C&O Canal Rail Trails Conde Naste magazine included this unique trail system in its “most beautiful rail-trail list” and you’ll quickly see why. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. This will take you on a 46 mile ride to Clairton Pa. That is where you can meet the GAP trail. You must be logged in to reply to this topic. If you are flying to Pittsburgh with your own bicycle, you may opt to begin the ride as soon as you land and assemble. For access to GAP trail: Unfortunately, the trail is incomplete past South Park. I keep looking for loop routes around PGH that do not involve suicidal highway sections and it occurred to me that the GAP and Montour trails almost meet at two places: Mckeesport and West End Bridge. Go Right on Crafton where you hit Highway 60 Which runs into E. Stuben St and then to W End Bridge. card classic compact. The GAP is a multiple purpose, non-motorized trail from Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD where it will join the C & O Canal Towpath to Wash-ington, DC. And by the end of 2020, new trail mileage is expected in eight of 12 states along the route, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana and Washington. You should see signs for the Steel Valley Trail and Share the Road. GAP Closure mm 120 - 131 starting Nov 16. The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) rail-trail offers 150 miles of hiking and biking between Cumberland, Maryland, and Pittsburgh. The trail is nearly level with the average grade of less than 1% Once you ride the GAP approximately 150 miles, you will meet the C&O Canal Towpath. Be considerate when you chain your bike. There was a discussion of other possible route changes for the connector that others might want to elaborate on. Montour Trail - VIDEO TOUR 1 - Mile 0 to Mile 6 - Duration: 31:59. bigkill1 1,506 views. Those wanting to take a guided group tour of both the Montour Trail and the GAP can register online for the trip, which will take place this June 21-26. Town streets are not bike trails and cyclists are encouraged (by law!) Project Scope. The Montour Trail begins near Neville Island and also connects up to the Great Allegheny Passage via the Clairton Connector (at last check, the connector contains a few miles of surface roads). On your way from Pittsburgh, PA, to Washington, DC, the multitude of natural, cultural and historically significant sites will astound you. I commute from Downtown to Moon Twp a few days a week and I take the route Mikhail notes as a #1. When you're traveling with group, please call ahead to the restaurants in our small trail towns so that they will be prepared to serve you in a timely manner, which will ensure that you have a great dining experience. Fishermen take the trail to favorite fishing spots. Friends of the Riverfront is working with partners to determine the best and safest route down the Ohio valley to connect with our neighboring trail, the Montour Trail. 1. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4424428 I continued on the Montour Trail until it joined the Steel Valley Trail that connects to the GAP. It’s called the Clairton Connector. You then have to pass through the borough of Glassport before reaching McKeesport. Assuming you survive that crossing, the trail to Clairton is nice and you must get to the waste water treatment plant. 28 Photos. Note that GAP mileage sign post were placed before the entire trail was completed. Erie to Pittsburgh 3 Rivers Heritage Panhandle Trail Montour Trail Sheepskin Trail Mon River Trails C&O Towpath 911 Memorial Trail Great American RT. The steepest eastbound grade - 0.8% - is from Harnedsville to Markleton and Garrett to Deal. In Cumberland, the GAP joins the C&O Canal Towpath, creating a continuous trail experience, 320 miles long, to Washington, DC. 1 comment. The Montour Trail Council is an original member of the Allegheny Trail Alliance and has partnered with other trails in the Pittsburgh region. 31:59 . The Trail is complete from Mile 0.0 near Coraopolis to Pleasant Street in Library (MP 35.7). . Connecting Pgh to McKeesport was difficult, and eventually, due to a lot of work by Bike-Pgh and various individuals, as accomplished. The GAP spans two states in its 150-mile course along scenic rivers and across mountain passes. Is this something people do ? The GAP and 3 Rivers Heritage Trail people need to start planning some long term connections to these other trails. The road changes names to West 5th Street as you start uphill toward the Mansfield Bridge. United Airlines Landing In Pittsburgh International Airport - Duration: 13:36. Connecting People and Places in the Potomac Heritage Trail Corridor Potomac … The Great Allegheny Passage ® (GAP) rail-trail offers 150 miles of hiking and biking from Cumberland MD to Pittsburgh,PA. Take advantage of towns along the way for water resupply. Bon voyage ! I was thinking of giving it a try tomorrow (4/12) unless someone tells me it is really a bad idea. As existing trails are extended and new trails built to fill in the gaps, a branding and naming process could occur to create more marketable names and unique brands for each corridor. From there, it connects to the C&O Canal Towpath to Washington, DC.. The Clairton-McKeesport connection is decent, though you do have to fight traffic in a few spots. Our itinerary suggests riding the Montour Trail one way, beginning in Coraopolis to its end in Clairton, and the hopping on the Clairton Connector to McKeesport (5 miles), then picking up the GAP trail from McKeesport back to Pittsburgh (15 miles). Road bikes are not advised. On average it takes 2 hours9 minutes to complete this trail. The Montour trail started with a beautiful railroad trestle high above a meandering creek below. For more detail, please refer to the full policy Great place to ride bikes, 2% grade. It’s a … The new Montour Trail Airport Connector connects the Enlow Ball Park (aka Five Points) trailhead of the Montour Trail to the Airport, a distance of a bit over 6 miles. The actual trail follows a number of back streets in town, but it is confusing, some parts have very rough pavement, and there are some mean dogs and rough-looking people back there. Connecting to GAP. Carry at least a quart of water more than you think you need. The Cliff Mine Road stretch featuring the Enlow tunnel discussed in this post begins just off of I-376 before the Pittsburgh airport. McDonald Viaduct on the Montour Trail | Photo courtesy RTC 1 McDonald Viaduct. Hubby and I enjoyed the cooler fall weather by taking a walk on the Montour trail. On your way from Pittsburgh, PA, to Washington, DC, the multitude of natural, cultural and historically significant sites will astound you. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Bicycling and hiking are the two most popular activities. Anyone have a sneak route ? Stay on the main street, Monongahela Avenue, all the way through town. For more detail, please refer to the full policy. Linking them could open a 70 mile loop mostly on trail. I rode it a lot of times during weekends, Wednesdays after work, and during my lunch. The Montour Trail runs just over 60-miles from Moon Township to Clairton and features a mix of paved and limestone paths that covers a varied path that includes a mix of bridges, former rail tunnels, and more. Tun left. Visitors to the trail: Once you leave the trail and enter into the towns, please respect and regard local traffic. From that point going east, the trail drops 1,754 feet in 24 miles to reach Cumberland and, going west, it drops 1,664 feet in 126 miles to reach Pittsburgh. Once you come out of Glassport, you will be entering an area with quite a bit of traffic that isn’t at all suited to bicycle or pedestrian travel. My experience on the Montour Trail was a brief stint of my 420-mile journey from Wheeling, West Virginia to Washington D.C., but it was a rewarding one. It's well-maintained and has markings to alert you to how far you have traveled along the trail. card. I’ve never ridden it, but the map shows a Clearview Park Trail that would let you get off Route 60 (Crafton Blvd) for about a mile. The greenway connects with the 184.5-mile C&O Canal Towpath at Cumberland, Maryland to create a 334.5-mile route between Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. The scenic Montour Trail is a multi-use non-motorized recreational rail-trail near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and will ultimately traverse 46 miles from Moon Township near Coraopolis to Clairton. Well then, that’s pretty much what I would have suggested, that’s the best way I have found, more or less. The C&O Canal towpath is a bit rougher dirt and gravel surface with muddy sections after rainfall. From here's the trail dips and dives, never at more than a 1% grade, through the South Hills. The Great Allegheny Passage was once called the Yough River Trail. Montour Trail Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Get in front of thousands of potential customers by advertising your lodging property, restaurant, shuttle service, tour company, bike shop, craft brewery, or historical site in TrailGuide: The Official Guide to the C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage, the trusted source for cyclists, hikers, and explorers along the Pittsburgh to D.C. corridor. ; the Panhandle Trail — a converted railroad line that stretches from Weirton, West Virginia, to Carnegie. Hot New Top Rising. Those sections are marked as “future trail (not accessible)” on the SVTC map […]. Click on the trail name to download a printable map of the GAP Trail or the C&O Canal Towpath. Montour access to airport will permit riders ont he Montour Trail to directly access the passenger terminal at PIT. It’s called the Clairton Connector. Posted by 15 days ago. For access to GAP trail: Unfortunately, the trail is incomplete past South Park. It covers only the direct route; a future edition will include distances along the Montour Trail to Pittsburgh Airport. The Ohio valley is a critical gap in the Great American Rail Trail, but Friends of the Riverfront is excited to bring focused efforts to this region’s connectivity opportunities. The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) was built on the abandoned rail beds of the West Maryland Railway and the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad, and it was completed in 2013. GAP Closure mm 120 - 131 starting Nov 16. The GAP from here to Connellsville follows the former route of the Pittsburgh, McKeesport and Youghiogheny Railroad, known locally by its initials as the P Mickey. The Montour trail started with a beautiful railroad trestle high above a meandering creek below. highway 60 to the West End Bridge. The trail, which now follows this route, is primarily crushed limestone. Montour Trail By Jesse Mestrovic Trail User. W. In this section the MTC does not own trail right-of-way, requiring this 3.4 mile on-road section. Go Right on Crafton where you hit Highway 60 Which runs into E. Stuben St and then to W End Bridge. Here’s a look at a handful of these exciting projects. From Cumberland to Washington, DC, you drop 625 feet to sea level on the C&O Canal towpath. Coming back up is only 2% harder than going down! card. Still subject to devastating floods, the towpath sees capital improvements by the National Park Service every year. We also make day trips, riding various trail segments between the Heritage & Montour Trails and the GAP Trail, down to about Ohiopyle. It has a mostly crushed limestone with partially asphalt surface, appropriate for bicycling, walking, running, and cross-country skiing. The Great Allegheny Passage trail is open daily, dawn to dusk. Montour Trail Council Steel Valley Trail Council Mon-Yough Trail Council Westmoreland Yough Trail Council Somerset County Rails-to-Trails Association Allegheny Highlands Trail of MD Friends of the Riverfront Conservation Volunteers Parks and Forest Conservancy Whitsett-Fayette Yough Trail Council Yough River Trail Council Mason Dixon Line JOINA TRAIL GROUP HELPCOMPLETE THECONNECTION … Posted by 15 days ago. South: Sheepskin Trail in Fayette County has long term plans to connect the GAP to the American Discovery Trail, a multi-state trail that runs through West Virginia (east-west). I joined the trail from the Panhandle Trail that originates in Weirton, WV. Mile marker 0 is located less than a mile from our old factory location. Don't ride on sidewalks. What I was really trying to say is that the Clairton Connector bit was marked as under development; but that there’s a trial there already. The Potomac Trail … Now that it is connected to the Great Allegheny Passage, bicycle traffic has increased tremendously. Mile marker 0 is located less than a mile from our old factory location. Thanks for the comments. You know, it’s actually the OTHER end of the Montour trail that is the issue. For this particular one, the say: “Gill Hall Road to Large Mile 44 40° 17.574? Montour Trail is a 36 mile moderately popular paved path trail located near Rennerdale Pennsylvania. Within the next few years, 100 miles of trails are in the pipeline to be completed, representing nearly 6% of the gap miles on the trail. We’ve got to get Pittsburgh connected to the Montour Trail and Panhandle Trail to make this happen! Anyone have a sneak route ? This will take you on a 46 mile ride to Clairton Pa. That is where you can meet the GAP trail. Two typical routes PMTCC takes on west rides (while W. 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