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Level: Intermediate
Length: 43 mi (69.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +802/760 ft
Total: 149 riders
 

Mountain Biking North Park

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#13 of 293 mountain bike trails in Pennsylvania
#649 in the world

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)

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?
hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=113716565662172425640.00046dbbee5c65
b332268&ll=40.606394,-80.012913&spn=0.042225,0.057421&t=p&z=14

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
Starting from Commonwealth Pl
1 Head south on Commonwealth Pl toward Liberty Ave - go 0.2 mi
2 Slight right to merge onto I-279 N - go 3.9 mi
3 Take exit 11 to merge onto McKnight Rd/US-19 Truck N - go 7.1 mi
4 Exit onto E Ingomar Rd - go 1.1 mi
5 Turn left at Kummer Rd - go 177 ft
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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. http://maps.google.com/maps/ms? hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=113716565662172425640.00046dbbee5c65 b332268&ll=40.606394,-80.012913&spn=0.042225,0.057421&t=p&z=14
A: http://www.alleghenycounty.us/parks/resources/maps -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).

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?
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.

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  • $ingleTrackMac
    *****

    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.

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  • MTBcaliBOY
    **

    Not clearly marked. Not sure where the 40 miles are. Super easy. Did not enjoy. Nice scenery.

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  • Richard A Mazzocca
    ****

    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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  • Corsedrummer
    *****

    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!

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  • BKehoe05
    *****

    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.

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  • Helena Kotala
    *****

    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.

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  • sportsfan317
    ****

    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.

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  • 32 Teeth
    ****

    XC, freeride, downhill and mini DJ track... can't beat it for public parks.

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  • DBone
    ****

    Great park. Lots of hills. Lots of fun. I love that I can ride a few hours and not run the same trails and end with a burger with bacon and peanut butter at the OTB cafe. This is my regular ride spot. Love it.

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  • lolo77
    *****

    The best place to mountain bike in the Pittsburgh area by far. There is a skills course in one section of the park. The free ride area you much check out! It has jumps, drops, and skinnies built into the trail all going downhill. The trails are well maintained and well marked, perfect for new people who have never been to north park before, and it doesn't get boring for people who have ridden there dozens of times.

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  • Dave Hunt
    ****

    Killer fast well maintained east coast single track. All skill levels.

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  • rattler
    ****

    Orange blazed trail this morning at 6am....the trail is great shape with only a couple, very small wet spots. Some of the roots are slick and off camber, which will keep you focused!

    Orange trail out and back with the V-8 trail added on.

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  • rattler
    ****

    Rode the Reds trails, starting with maybe black dot on red, to the blue dot on red (skipping the short cut where you can take a yellow triangle on red). Trail was muddy. very muddy in a number of spots and overall ride was long due to walking the bike around these problem spots.

    Hopefully this dries out here in the next few days. Likely hitting the golf course trail soon.

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  • rattler
    ****

    I have ridden two areas of this park, the blue dot on red blaze, where you can park by and start from the Olympia shelter. The other area is the bike skills park, where I have ridden the free ride trail and other area trails.

    Best trails so far in this park are the blue dot on red blazes...this starts out with a serious hill, though there are multiple switch backs to get you there, rather than by the skills park where the hills essentially go straight up.

    Excellent single track, and I will be back for more.

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  • *****

    My last review does not do these trails justice . The section of trail that is blazed red and blue and runs along Pierce mill road is the best 3 to 4 miles of trail I have seen. I like to enter up behind the Olyimpia shelter across from the skating rink. The trials are cut into the hillside so perfectly it has to be experienced. The section of trail up around the pool is also very good. There is a professional down hill track and bmx park up that way as well. All the trails are blazed and very well maintained. There are trails that can be accessed atop of parish hill and run along the golf course that offer a great workout. There is water throughout the park

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  • *****

    So far still my favorite trails. Has is all. Parish hill. Is great. Trails cut into hillside.

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  • PanzerTrekk
    ****

    Awesome trails here. Easy to get a little lost though. Orange trail was seriously fun. I highly recommend giving this park a try or three!

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  • malva
    *****

    Excellent trail! Don't know why it hasn't gotten much credit. Very well mantained, some trails have been blazed to mark them. Nonetheless no maps around the park to tell you where you are, but its very doable to ride them without ever been there. I went there without a clue and was able to find my way around. Fun singletrack with some ridge riding areas and steep ups/downs on some sections. There is a ridge ridign area that is more rooty and with some rocks, very fun for the ones that live something more technical. Loved it! Give credit to it people! I've ridden is several stats and its a very good one.

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  • rushhowe
    *****

    This is a really really good trail. It is easy to put together a 12 mile loop that has good climbs and downhills. It is mostly singletrack with a few small sections of access road or old overgrown fire road. Water is available all over the park.

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