Since the URA is buying Hays Woods and a new park will follow, does anyone know:
1) what biking opportunities are currently in Hays Woods?
2) where the (unofficial) trailheads are located?
The two most easily accessible entry points are at the end of Agnew road & at Glass run near the intersection with Cathell road.
The trails shown on Google maps are a mixture of fire roads, walking trails and goat paths, many of which are not bikable (IMHO).
If it’s your first visit (by bike or car) I’d suggest entering at the end of Agnew. There is some on-street parking there, but it’s residential so please be respectful. From here there are two dirt roads/trails that are bikeable even on non MTB. The road to your left will require a little bit of walking your bike, but it follows the ridge to a spot above the intersection of Carson and Becks run, looking down at Pages Dairy. The Road going straight is the longest and flattest and has more connections to other trails. It will take you out along the ridge where the eagles nest is (please stay on the road to not disturb the nest!) and at it’s eastern end looks down on the Glenwood bridge
It’s not unusual to encounter people on ATVs, walking dogs off leash, burned out stolen cars and even hunters during various seasons. We all seem to get along fairly well and I’ve never felt threatened or anything, just a heads up.
Regarding the flyovers on the Steel Valley Trail (of the GAP), my understanding is that the President (or someone in that arena) of US Steel (which has some rights with the RR there) is/was/liked/… biking/biking/bikers/bikes/… and provided funding/seed-funding/matching-funding/right-of-way/… Until that came out of the sky, the plan for the trail was to go along 837.
I know Jewish health care foundation donated money too. Their name is on one of them. If only there was be a flyover to get from the gap to Hays woods…
There’s a big hill to climb. If there were a flyover from the GAP across the CSX railroad tracks (the low ones) and route 837 and the Norfolk Southern tracks (the high ones), you’d still be at the bottom of a steep slope 200 feet high. The topography makes direct access from the Mon River difficult. To bike to Hays Woods using existing roads it’s basically either Glass Run Rd or Beck’s Run Rd to get to climb the back side of the woods. To climb the front of the woods, the slope that faces the river, you’d need to build a long, sloping trail analogous to McArdle Roadway to climb those 200 feet.
•A five-year, $250,000 grant to the Regional Trail Corp. to help complete the Steel Valley section of the Great Allegheny Passage, a 335-mile hiking and biking trail between Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. The grant, which will fund renovation of the Whitaker Footbridge, represented a way for JHF to build on its own initiatives promoting healthy lifestyles and to support the “Pittsburgh 250 & Fit” initiative that’s being planned as part of the anniversary of the city’s founding. Among other community health and fitness projects JHF has funded are the JHF Riverwalk that is part of North Shore Riverfront Park and Working Hearts, which brings attention to risk factors for women’s heart disease and ways to reduce them.
National Geographic picks Great Allegheny Passage
JUDY D.J. ELLICH | DAILY AMERICAN REPORTER | August 23, 2012
National Geographic travel editors picked the Great Allegheny Passage as one of the 10 best places to get away this fall. The hiking and biking trail, which curves through southern Somerset County, is among a group of destinations that include Milford Sound in New Zealand, one of the wettest places in the world; Alba International White Truffle Fair in Alba, Italy; and Devil’s Pool, a natural rock formation on the edge of Victoria Falls in…
New article about Hays Woods
“Documents filed with a state agency reveal that the city plans to develop about 75 acres of the land as housing and another 8 acres as two new access roads from Becks Run and Agnew roads.
Questions remain over the scope of any future housing development and its ecological impact. Several community leaders and nearby residents PublicSource spoke with were surprised by the emerging plans.”
It’s sad they’re thinking of extra housing in there *that should be PARK*.
I’m curious about the entrance on Beck’s Run…. I really hope they add USABLE bike/walking infra from the trail up to the park and give Beck’s Run a road diet.
In other words, take the only part of the property amenable to suburban sprawl? That’s bullshit.
The interesting thing is that the housing would be in Pittsburgh city proper but part of the Baldwin Whitehall school district.
Public meeting on the development of the Hays Woods area:
Hays Woods Task Force Public Feedback Meeting 4/3
Please join us for an update on the Hays Wood Task Force’s Draft Findings and Recommendations Report, and provide us with your input towards future park master planning efforts and first steps.
Hays Woods Task Force Public Feedback Meeting
Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30 PM Holy Angels Parish 408 Baldwin Rd, accessible by 56 bus
Contact Lisa Ray for accessibility accommodations at Lisa.Ray@pittsburghpa.gov or 412-255-2219.
More project information can be found at: http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/hays-woods
Stupid question, but how would I get there on bike, if I biked there? I do not know this part of town well at all. I think my choices are to either hop the tracks opposite Becks Run Rd or take the lane on 885 past Hot Metal.
Correct. All terrible options. I think there is an entrance off of glass run but to get to that it is 885 or Beck’s Run.
Having never bikes it before my guess is that Beck’s run is less scary. But I think I remember ZZ saying it was very narrow and curvy.
Holy Angels is very easy to get to by bike.
Take the GAP trail to just past the eagles viewing area. When you go through the gates at the scrap yard turn right and go across the RR tracks. Stay on this road and the church is only a half mile away. The church doesn’t have any bike racks, but the parish house next door has a nice metal railing that I have locked to many times without issue.
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