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Level: Intermediate
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,523/1 ft
Total: 87 riders
 

Mountain Biking Frick Park

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#37 of 293 mountain bike trails in Pennsylvania
#1536 in the world

This is the largest of Pittsburgh's regional parks and is 561 acres. It is located in a populated area. It is known as Pittsburgh's woodland park for its extensive trails through steep valleys and wooded slopes. It has a network of unmarked single track mountain bike trails.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
Parkway East to Braddock Ave exit towards Regency Square. Straight until you see the tennis courts. If coming from Rt 28 get on Highland Park Bridge and follow signs to Washington Blvd. Merge onto Washington Blvd . Continue on to Fifth Ave. Trun left on Penn Ave. Turn right onto S. Braddock Ave. Pass Ryan's Pub on the left. Park at tennis court parking on the right.
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Q: I'm coming next week. My inlaws house backs up to the park. I went before but just ran and walked. Never seen any riders. Are the trails that I saw with walkers the same trails that we ride on?

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  • baz0157
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    Happy with this park.. Enjoyed the downhills and the technical areas.. I not quite in the shape I used to be, so climbing up some of the hills are difficult.

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  • edgar V.
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    great trails systems here!! the bottom side by the river is a great, fast single track. I really like this place I do!!!

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  • Helena Kotala
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    So much fun! It's amazing how much singletrack there is in such a small area, in the middle of a city no less. You can barely tell that you're in an urban area. The trails are really fun, a mix of everything. There are some steep sections, rocks, roots, rollers, and some extra built-in features and alt lines. Most of the bigger climbs are on doubletrack, with descents on singletrack. I didn't have time to explore the whole park, so I'll definitely be back next time I'm in Pittsburgh!

    The only con: I'm not sure if there's a map or not but without one it might get pretty confusing. I was with some locals, which seems to be the way to go if you're not familiar with the park.

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  • Nathan LaValla
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    Miles and miles of fun and/or technical singletrack in the middle of a large city!!!! its set up kinda like a small enduro/dh park with wide gravel paths for the long steep climbs then twisty tight fast down hill trails to rip on. There are no big rocks or jumps so suspension is not required, just bring your reflexes for all the tree dodging. There are areas that are a little more c/x oriented across the stream at the bottom of the park. This is a very popular park with many hikers and dog walkers so please be careful and respectful to everyone.

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  • Dave Hunt
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    The best trails within the city limits. Respect it and it will respect you. True east coast bliss. One hell of a workout.

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  • Bhatman10
    *****

    Definitely a true gem to have such a great park chock fulla trails. Since I was just visiting I did not have lay of the land and how to connect all the trails more seamlessly. That being said I still had a great time exploring and finding new stuff. There is some decent climbing involved and a mix of roots and rocks to keep things interesting. Lots of fun..

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  • lolo77
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    Frick is a nice place to ride if you don't want to travel far. You can literally be in town one minute, ride a few miles of trails, and come out of the park in an entirely different neighborhood of Pittsburgh in 15-20 minutes. I would recommend riding longer than this, however. Many of the trails are unmarked so it is tough to navigate if you are new to the park. Not to mention the trails don't connect up to each other like you would like. Oftentimes you have to ride on doubletrack (look out for the dog walkers) to get to a different section of singletrack. There are some pretty solid downhills. And the whole place isn't too difficult. Perfect for beginner to intermediate riders.

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  • moorhead14
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    I was lucky enough to be shown some great trails at Frick and nearby areas. I was especially impressed by the trail called "276". This has a real nice design and a number of challenging obstacles. It definitely is worth going out of your way to ride.

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  • PanzerTrekk
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    Check this link out for help in finding some amazing trails here: http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/1752479

    My suggestion is to start by the baseball fields where the photo of the trail head is.

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  • PanzerTrekk
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    RIDE THIS TRAIL. Just don't forget to keep a spare tube with you because having to walk it out if you blow a tube or pop a tubeless tire off the rim really sucks.* Review edited 7/11/2012

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  • PanzerTrekk
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    I have ridden these trails a couple of times. Fun if you have a friend with you. Fun if you're alone. Can be VERY MUDDY. Beautiful place though. Lots of very technical sections. One particularly well built section runs along the ridge of Falls Ravine but it's not for beginners or the faint of heart. A good place to ride for sure.* Review edited 5/30/2012

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  • malva
    *****

    Nice trail, some technically challenging areas of the trail. Hard to get lost since you will always end up on one of the main gravel roads in the park nonetheless it can be tough to connect all the trails if you don't know the park. Reminded me of some of my Puerto Rico mountain bike trails...specially Monagas

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  • Matt_Graver
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    Chuck, not sure which trail(s) in Frick Park you are referring to, however, there are a number of trail combinations that can be selected to get you on a long, adventurous ride down. Frick has a lot of technical sections. This time of year is great because of the added challenge of the fallen leaves.

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  • moorhead14
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    I don't know all the trails at Frick, but I get there about once a year. Once you do know the trails you could easily put together a very challenging swoopy ride. The downhill trail that I believe was built by PTAG (Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group) is great fun and can be ridden pretty fast. It is also a nice challenging climb from the bottom.
    There are lots of people who use this park, and many of them are walking dogs. Everybody seems to have a great attitude and the bikers and walkers are showing each other courtesy. I have noticed that this might be a place to avoid when muddy, but like many places, I'm sure if you know it well you can avoid most of the mud. I hope to learn these trails better on future visits.* Review edited 11/5/2011* Review edited 11/5/2011

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