North Park

4.42 out of 5
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↑ 2,600 ft
↓ 2,500 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Excellent Singletrack close to the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh! These
Trails are rated as some of the best in the entire area, and it's very easy to
get a good 20 mile ride in. Theres plenty of fun xc style singletrack, as well
as some fireroads, but the majority of the trails in the park are singletrack.
The trails are not continuous and any comprehensive loop will be separated
by very small sections of road. The many branching and spurs can also
make these trails difficult to follow but the recent blazing (marking) of trails
has done a lot to help.

If you are a first timer to the park picking a section and riding part of the
North Park Outer Loop is a good way to get you started. (Link below)
added by Rag00dollGranny Gear
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions


Q: Hi, I'm curious about riding the Outer Loop trail this weekend or next, but this link leads to an error... Any help would be appreciated, I'm awful at navigating when it's my first ride in a new spot. hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=113716565662172425640.00046dbbee5c65 b332268&ll=40.606394,-80.012913&spn=0.042225,0.057421&t=p&z=14 -MTBrody

A: -you need the central, southern and northern section maps. tape them together to see how to piece together a loop around lake. Riding clockwise loop is best. The Red-blue trail on Central Map is the best. I like to park near lake spillway and ride outer loop from yellow, purple-black, orange, green, orange, and save red-blue for the finish).

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Q: I'm not exactly a beginner, but I havent rode an intermediate trail. I rode Fern Trail at Seven Springs fine. IS this gonna be too hard? -bike777

A: you'll be fine.. make sure its dry conditions and you wont have any issues. There are a lot of nice flowy downhill sections as well as a few gruesome climbs that go right back in to regular singletrack. I always favor this trail to some of the other local trial systems due to to its length. usually I track about 14 to 17 mile depending on what complete loop I do. but there are bailouts all over the trail system that take you to the road and you can just make ur way back to the car from there.

Matthew Cable answered on May 31, 2017. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Reviews (24)

Bunny Hop

April 1, 2018
Review: Really fun trail. There is probably enough single track to keep you going for days. I rode in the winter and the trails were in great shape. The free ride trail and the jump park are closed from December to May.

Granny Gear

September 22, 2017
MTBcaliBOY Granny Gear  
Review: Not clearly marked. Not sure where the 40 miles are. Super easy. Did not enjoy. Nice scenery.

July 25, 2016
Review: Love this place!!!
perfect day no dust, mud, snow, ice.
for sure I can spend more long days riding here.

July 21, 2016
Review: Best trail system in western Pa

Granny Gear

March 26, 2016
Review: Very fun flowy single track. Loop everything together for over 20 miles of riding. To loop everything there will be a little bit of road riding, but the park has bike lanes.

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November 27, 2015
Review: Had the park to ourselves to work off Thanksgiving dinner! Saw many deer as usual, an owl and a fox. Had fun again moonlit night!

Granny Gear

September 23, 2015
BKehoe05 Granny Gear  
Review: About a week and half ago my wife, 8 year old daughter and I rode the Red Bridle Trail from the Pearce Mill/Babcock Blvd parking lot to the access at North Ridge Lane. There were some technical uphill sections that my daughter on her new Cannondale Trail 24 struggled on however the rapid fire shifting and custom granny gear helped her to get up most of them. It was a very pleasurable trail however on the descent coming to North Ridge Lane there are a few small root drops that can give a less experienced rider fits, as my wife found out (she typically has at least one seat-cleaner per ride) and this trail was did not fail to disappoint.


September 20, 2015
Review: Great trails! A little bit of everything--some roots, rocks, log-overs, and some steep climbs and descents, but mainly fairly smooth and flowy trails. Optional lines that include some more tech mixed things up a bit. There is also an extensive skills park area, pump track, and downhill free ride course and jumps. I went with someone who knew the trails, which was helpful. Some of them are blazed but they aren't labeled. Overall really great trails with lots of variety! Stop at OTB after for a burger and beer.


September 7, 2015
Review: Great trails fast hard packed trails. Haven't road hear to much but it is a great place to ride. Defiantly will be back. There are a lot of trails and the markings are excellent. Lots of activity in the area and the deer are really friendly. They just watch you ride by.


August 12, 2015
sconnor412 Gramcounter  
Review: Great ride. Little bit of everything to keep your attention.

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North Park MTB Trail 4.42 out of 5 based on 24 ratings. 24 user reviews.
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