I live in fox chapel area. Easiest way downtown would be along Allegheny to north shore trail, but the link is missing for about 1-2 miles between the road to 62nd st bridge and where the n shore trail starts about a mile north of the 40th st bridge.
I always thought of riding along the tracks but the closure of the cut through in panther hollow made me worry that riding there during the work day would lead to RR company harassment.
I have jogged there, but typically on a Sunday or Christmas. No one will be out to interfere on those days.
I ride it all the time with no issues. If you don’t want to deal with it, go across the HPB and down Bulter to Inka Dinka Do and then take a right and go down through there. That isn’t bad either. Never had a problem on those RR Tracks. Enjoy.
I’m on 700×32 road tires inflated to 80#. Riding that ballast is not pleasant. But it’s doable. I’ve even maintained a steady 17 mph along there, just like on a road. But expect to give your fillings a workout.
I ride there several times a month and have never seen any RR employees. There is one track crossing, right by the 62nd Street Bridge, and it has a paved road leading right up to it, so while I am not sure if it is technically an “official” RR crossing, it is pretty clearly established, and also seems to be used regularly by fishermen driving down to spots on the river.
I’d say that the path gets gradually smoother as you head from Etna to Millvale, and you can usually notice the line that previous bikes have followed to avoid the rough parts of the path.
Last week I noticed they placed RR ties all along the side of the tracks, which leads me to believe they are going to be doing some serious work at some point down there. I am hoping they aren’t expanding towards the river with another set of tracks, but I don’t know what is going on. If major work is going on, it may not be the best ride down through there.
I saw the ties. There aren’t that many. Pretty sure routine maintenance before winter.
I don’t think this area is patrolled at all. I see a lot of human evidence. Litter. Also in one place a path down to the river. No “no trespassing” signs. And the millvake trail just peters out. No “no trespassing” there either.
My guess is railroad police don’t care. Etna and Millvale don’t either.