Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Touring
Reload this Page >

Montour Trail Pittsburgh Pa

Notices
Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

Montour Trail Pittsburgh Pa

Old 04-02-18, 09:27 PM
  #1  
Hondo Gravel
Viking Berserker
Thread Starter
 
Hondo Gravel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Hondo,Texas
Posts: 1,868

Bikes: Too many Motobecanes

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1323 Post(s)
Liked 1,222 Times in 792 Posts
Montour Trail Pittsburgh Pa

I am considering started at mile 0 on the Montour Trail then connecting to the GAP trail. Any insight would be greatly appreciated

My main question is the sections that are shared with automobiles being safe or not?
Hondo Gravel is offline  
Old 04-03-18, 08:22 AM
  #2  
spinnaker
Every day a winding road
 
spinnaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 6,540

Bikes: 2005 Cannondale SR500, 2008 Trek 7.3 FX, Jamis Aurora

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3391 Post(s)
Liked 62 Times in 45 Posts
The Montour is excellent in my opinion. There are very few places now where you will even touch a road. Most of that is right here in Robinson where you will be crossing roads. The most concerning is the road that goes up to the mall. You just need to be careful crossing the road there.

The next place you will contend with roads is down past Library, PA much of that is roads but they are back roads with very little traffic. They just completed a new section there that bypasses much of the road and that section is absolutely beautiful.

The next danger part is crossing Route 51. When you come to the intersection of Oak Rd and Route 51, there is the old Wall Hotel on your right and a park on your left. Cross through the park, into the Dick Corp parking lot. Go to Route 51 and there will be a crosswalk right in front of you. The Montour Trail is directly across the street.

You will be on a bike path again for a while and it is unbelievable. If you look close you will see tons of turtles, cranes (and if you are lucky) river otters. You are just a few miles from one of the once most polluted towns in the country.

When the trail ends, you will make a left onto Route 837. The traffic is very light and slow here as well as going across the bridge. After crossing the bridge and making a left, the traffic picks up a bit but just for a short distance.

The "trail" will tun to the left off of the "busy" road and take the back streets. Once you reach the Youghiogheny, the signs will want to take you across the bridge into McKeesport. Ignore the signs and just stay on Creek Road because you will only be crossing back again.

There is a new hostel on the other side of the river but I have never been there and not sure if I would want to stay there considering the high crime rate in Mckeesport. Instead I would stay at the Yough Shore Inn. The road to the Inn is a bit busy but not too bad and worth the ride. PM me for my real name and tell Lin I sent you. There is also camping in Dravo that is free.

An alternate would be to take the Montour to Library, PA then take the light rail into town where you can see the city which is well worth seeing. You would miss the awesome new section of trail and the section with all of the animals but I think that is a fair trade.

PM me. If I am around I can act as tour guide if I have the day off. That lower section of the trail can be a bit confusing.
spinnaker is offline  
Old 04-03-18, 10:06 AM
  #3  
motorapido
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: harrisburg, pennsylvania
Posts: 351

Bikes: 1976 Schwinn Super Le Tour, tricked out with modern components. Shimano Alfine 11 internal gear hub. Dynamo hub. Titanium racks and bottle cages. Mercier Kilo Wide Tire dropbar singlespeed

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 43 Post(s)
Liked 4 Times in 1 Post
Riding it from airport?

Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
The Montour is excellent in my opinion. There are very few places now where you will even touch a road. Most of that is right here in Robinson where you will be crossing roads. The most concerning is the road that goes up to the mall. You just need to be careful crossing the road there.

The next place you will contend with roads is down past Library, PA much of that is roads but they are back roads with very little traffic. They just completed a new section there that bypasses much of the road and that section is absolutely beautiful.

The next danger part is crossing Route 51. When you come to the intersection of Oak Rd and Route 51, there is the old Wall Hotel on your right and a park on your left. Cross through the park, into the Dick Corp parking lot. Go to Route 51 and there will be a crosswalk right in front of you. The Montour Trail is directly across the street.

You will be on a bike path again for a while and it is unbelievable. If you look close you will see tons of turtles, cranes (and if you are lucky) river otters. You are just a few miles from one of the once most polluted towns in the country.

When the trail ends, you will make a left onto Route 837. The traffic is very light and slow here as well as going across the bridge. After crossing the bridge and making a left, the traffic picks up a bit but just for a short distance.

The "trail" will tun to the left off of the "busy" road and take the back streets. Once you reach the Youghiogheny, the signs will want to take you across the bridge into McKeesport. Ignore the signs and just stay on Creek Road because you will only be crossing back again.

There is a new hostel on the other side of the river but I have never been there and not sure if I would want to stay there considering the high crime rate in Mckeesport. Instead I would stay at the Yough Shore Inn. The road to the Inn is a bit busy but not too bad and worth the ride. PM me for my real name and tell Lin I sent you. There is also camping in Dravo that is free.

An alternate would be to take the Montour to Library, PA then take the light rail into town where you can see the city which is well worth seeing. You would miss the awesome new section of trail and the section with all of the animals but I think that is a fair trade.

PM me. If I am around I can act as tour guide if I have the day off. That lower section of the trail can be a bit confusing.
If you're flying in to the airport, that's a great way to get to the GAP. If you're starting there after driving in with a bicycle and are seeking a rental car drop off, consider that there is an Enterprise rental office in the downtown Pittsburgh train station, which is just a few blocks from where the GAP begins. You can drive a rental there, unload your bike, leave the rental and then ride the whole GAP. If going through to DC, on the C&O You can finish in Georgetown and ride the bike path to Reagan national airport and get a rental car there. Very easy. Less hassle than the limited bicycle service by train.
motorapido is offline  
Old 04-03-18, 10:37 AM
  #4  
spinnaker
Every day a winding road
 
spinnaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 6,540

Bikes: 2005 Cannondale SR500, 2008 Trek 7.3 FX, Jamis Aurora

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3391 Post(s)
Liked 62 Times in 45 Posts
Originally Posted by motorapido View Post
If you're flying in to the airport, that's a great way to get to the GAP. .
You weren't real clear there. I will clarify. You can ride from the airport to the Montour Trail on a spur that starts right in the airport parking just off of the indoor walkway from parking lot to the terminal. There is a rental car drop off at the airport. You don't need to fly in to use it or the trail.

There is a campsite at Boggs, in case you get in late. Campsite is just a few miles where you enter the main train. Be sure to bring water as there is no water on site. The camp site does have shelters.

P.S. I don't find the bicycle service on the CL limited at all. You just need to plan ahead. Where they can do better is improvements on the schedule of the train.
spinnaker is offline  
Old 04-03-18, 04:13 PM
  #5  
Hondo Gravel
Viking Berserker
Thread Starter
 
Hondo Gravel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Hondo,Texas
Posts: 1,868

Bikes: Too many Motobecanes

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1323 Post(s)
Liked 1,222 Times in 792 Posts
[QUOTE=spinnaker;20261316]The Montour is excellent in my opinion. There are very few places now where you will even touch a road. Most of that is right here in Robinson where you will be crossing roads. The most concerning is the road that goes up to the mall. You just need to be careful crossing the road there.

The next place you will contend with roads is down past Library, PA much of that is roads but they are back roads with very little traffic. They just completed a new section there that bypasses much of the road and that section is absolutely beautiful.

The next danger part is crossing Route 51. When you come to the intersection of Oak Rd and Route 51, there is the old Wall Hotel on your right and a park on your left. Cross through the park, into the Dick Corp parking lot. Go to Route 51 and there will be a crosswalk right in front of you. The Montour Trail is directly across the street.

You will be on a bike path again for a while and it is unbelievable. If you look close you will see tons of turtles, cranes (and if you are lucky) river otters. You are just a few miles from one of the once most polluted towns in the country.

When the trail ends, you will make a left onto Route 837. The traffic is very light and slow here as well as going across the bridge. After crossing the bridge and making a left, the traffic picks up a bit but just for a short distance.

The "trail" will tun to the left off of the "busy" road and take the back streets. Once you reach the Youghiogheny, the signs will want to take you across the bridge into McKeesport. Ignore the signs and just stay on Creek Road because you will only be crossing back again.

There is a new hostel on the other side of the river but I have never been there and not sure if I would want to stay there considering the high crime rate in Mckeesport. Instead I would stay at the Yough Shore Inn. The road to the Inn is a bit busy but not too bad and worth the ride. PM me for my real name and tell Lin I sent you. There is also camping in Dravo that is free.

An alternate would be to take the Montour to Library, PA then take the light rail into town where you can see the city which is well worth seeing. You would miss the awesome new section of trail and the section with all of the animals but I think that is a fair trade.

PM me. If I am around I can act as tour guide if I have the day off. That lower section of the trail can be a bit confusing.[/QUOTE


Thank you for the information. I lived in Pittsburgh when I was a sprout my sister was born there in 1970. Iím not sure as of right now if I will make it this summer but Iím trying to get the time. The road sections donít seem so bad no worse than rural gravel roads here with the rattlesnakes, cactus, skunks, gravel trucks and drunks I will PM you if I do make it to Pa. The Montour looks as you said beautiful as the GAP trail.
Hondo Gravel is offline  
Old 04-03-18, 06:00 PM
  #6  
spinnaker
Every day a winding road
 
spinnaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 6,540

Bikes: 2005 Cannondale SR500, 2008 Trek 7.3 FX, Jamis Aurora

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3391 Post(s)
Liked 62 Times in 45 Posts
Pittsburgh has changed a lot since 1970.


Yeah except for crossing Route 51, there is nothing to worry about especially if you take the detour across the grass in the park.

And I agree that the Montour is every bit as nice as the GAP.
spinnaker is offline  
Old 04-06-18, 12:49 AM
  #7  
tcarl
tcarl
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 557

Bikes: Roark, Waterford 1100, 1987 Schwinn Paramount, Nishiki Professional, Bottecchia, 2 Scattantes, 3 Cannondale touring bikes, mtn. bike, cyclocross, hybrid, 1940's era Schwinn

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 5 Posts
I spent a night in the McKeesport Hostel last summer. The people running it are very friendly, helpful and love to have visitors. I found the hostel was completely equipped with everything you'd need. Regarding the crime in McKeesport they told me several things: don't go up into town; staying down near the shelter, in the park, by the marina and on the (GAP) trail would be okay/safe. There is a restaurant right down the bike path from the hostel, across from the Marina that is good, safe to get to and open most (but not all the time). And lastly they said, especially for the night and sleeping, lock the door, keep the windows shut (it is air-conditioned) and don't go outside. (Basically no one will know/don't let anyone know you're in there.) I'd stay there again and I felt safe there, but I'd follow their suggestions.
tcarl is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
TheRef
Touring
19
03-29-19 07:44 AM
coney462
Northeast
5
02-26-17 11:05 AM
spinnaker
Touring
46
02-11-12 08:57 PM
Venturous
Northeast
3
08-27-10 10:30 AM
ScottNotBombs
Great Lakes
12
04-15-10 06:39 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.