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North Park

Average Rating:    (3.94 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 18

wide open and fast. easy to do 15 miles in 1.5 hours. Not alot of technical stuff but the climbs can be brutal depending on which direction you ride the park. The climbs are always rewarded with a fast downhill.
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Latitude
40.60039879034164
Longitude
-80.01651763916016
Trail Directions
279 north to mcKnight road exit. 3 miles then hang a right onto babcock blvd. follow straight through three lights then park on left past the lake spillway. Trail starts on the other side of the pond in front of the parking lot.
Trail Length
15
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Pittsburgh
   


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Review Date
September 4, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mheary ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
So far north park is the best I have seen in Pennsylvania. But I have a lot more to try. I ride NP about 3x a week. Trails up on parish hill are great, the trails up around pie trainer are very good and the trails up along pierce mill are the best I have ridden. Trails cross over north ridge drive

Recommended Route:
You can Get into trail if you park at the olympia shelter along pierce mill road. An jump on the trail head right behind the shelter. A good 45 minute ride on one of the top trails in the state

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hartwood



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Review Date
March 28, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Jake ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Awesome, fast, technical. Climbs, freeride trail. Skills park with jumps and stuff. There's a lot to do out North Park and some very cool people put a lot of thought and hard work into the trails. Very well done.

Recommended Route:
Well there's the trails up top by the playgrounds and stuff, and the skills park. These are somewhat basic and not too technical or XC-ish. Then there are the trails on the other side of the park that they hold the XC races on - singletrack gold. I wish there were a better way to link the two sides up. Find a map and put together a nice long ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hartwood, Bavington, Frick.



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Review Date
June 18, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: mccartney7499 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Mostly wide open roller coaster singletrack that swoops and slaloms through ferns and pines. There is a fair amount of climbing if you ride the outer loop, but all climbs are greeted with a fast descent. There's not alot of technical features here, the occasional log crossing or some roots to navigate, but if you like going fast this is the place for you. In fact, I think if I were training for a race this is the place I would come.

Recommended Route:
The outer loop from the pool: Purple w/ black dot blaze to Orange Blaze to Green Blaze to Orange Blaze, through a maze of unmarked trails that will bring you down on to Brown Rd, on the road over to North Ridge(the red with blue blazed trail, then loop around the white trail at the end if you still have any juice in your legs.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hartwood Acres, Moraine, Frick, Boyce



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Review Date
June 24, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: bigbox486 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a great trail, as others have said it is a little wider that most "single" track trails. I have rode here a lot and then went over to Hartwood and i felt claustrophobic. There is not a lot of technical stuff on these trails, unless there is a storm that knock limbs and branches on the trail. This is a great trail close to the city of Pittsburgh

Recommended Route:
I like the perimeter trail. I start out at the parking lot by Babcock and Pierce mill road. I then ride along peirce mill road for about 50 yards and then cut up the hill, i follow these trails until it brings me down to pirce mill and brown road, i then cross pearce mill road ride on brown road for about 150 yrds, then cut up the trail to your left. Take that trail up to the top where it comes out at the golf course at Mckinney and kummer road. ride up kummer for about 1/2 mile and then take trail off the right side follow along till you get to the horse stables take trail down that follows kummer and hamilton road. At intersection the trail goes up over the hill at about 11:00 so cross ingamar ad head up the trail. follow along and you'll come out at old ingomar road follow that to babcock and then head back down backcock until you get to your car.

Many other trails spur off of this overall a great ride

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hartwood, Boyce Park, Frick Park



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Review Date
October 7, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: kmoses ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Long, smooth trails a bit wider than "true" single track. It's really not all that technical and the climbs are usually short and moderately steep.
These trails are great. You can haul a$$ and almost never get tired. Great for endurance training. If you like the techny, gnarly stuff you should probably stay away.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hartwood Acres, Frick Park, South Park



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