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Old 10-30-13, 08:26 AM
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GAP & Pittsburgh??

I know that the trail is complete but was wondering what the route is through Pittsburg? It would be great if someone had a RideWith GPS route!!
This is a last minute trip from Pittsburgh to DC so I cannot order a map.
Thanks!
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Old 10-30-13, 09:12 AM
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I believe you can find maps and any other info you need on the GAP/C&O trails at this website:

http://www.bikecando.com/
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Old 10-30-13, 11:25 AM
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You can check out these routes:

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6126677 This takes you on-street through the downtown section of Pittsburgh for 6 blocks.

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6126686 This alternative route stays on trail the whole way.

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6126704 This route (shown in satellite view) takes you out of Point State Park, under Interstate 376 through the parking lot known as the Mon Wharf. You exit the parking lot via the ramp and then briefly ride on the sidewalk for a block or so and then re-enter the trail.

Take your pick, depending on your comfort level. If you are using a tandem as your screen name implies, I'd probably pick either the first or third option. The second option is a little tight on the Ft. Pitt Bridge, but I would think it is definitely doable on a tandem, you just need to be a little careful on the clearances with panniers.
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I did the GAP last month. Started at the Point in PGH. I wish I could tell you how to get to the portion that's actually a trail. I asked a local who was nice enough to guide me. We cut through a parking lot and went on a sidewalk for a block or so (along with a bunch of other riders) until we reached a car-free trail. Once you are on that, it's easy. Follow it to the Hot Metal Bridge, which takes you to the South Side. From there, you make a left and continue on.
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Old 10-30-13, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Altair 4 View Post
You can check out these routes:

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6126677 This takes you on-street through the downtown section of Pittsburgh for 6 blocks.
This is close to the way I was guided, although I did not get onto Second St. as there is a direct connection from the TR Heritage Trail to the bike part of the Hot Metal Bridge.
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Old 10-30-13, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
This is close to the way I was guided, although I did not get onto Second St. as there is a direct connection from the TR Heritage Trail to the bike part of the Hot Metal Bridge.
Yes, you are correct - stay on the trail until you get to the Hot Metal Bridge. That's my fault for not checking the entire route on the mapping website.
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Old 10-31-13, 06:38 AM
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We did the GAP with our tandem this summer and rode to the point from our hotel in Homestead. We rode to the Hot Metal bridge and crossed to the north side of the river and followed the trail until we hit the end which I believe was at a traffic light, as other have said its a couple of blocks to Fort Pitt. Since it was a Sunday we just rode the two blocks on-road, it wasn't too scary, but there is a sidewalk if you'd rather. I think you can also go up a couple of blocks where there is a bike lane. After the visiting the point we crossed the Ft Pitt bridge, the bike/pedestrian path leaves right from the park (no issues with a tandem), and headed back on the south side of the river, it made a nice 18 mile loop. So which ever way you go from the point it can be done with a tandem

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Contact spinnaker on these boards as he is a native of Pittsburgh and knows the biking routes well.
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I'm a native Pittsburgher, as well, and have ridden all three ways that I mapped out many times.
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Originally Posted by Altair 4 View Post
I'm a native Pittsburgher as well.
Well then I could make a snide remark about my Cardinals knocking off your Pirates but unfortunately, somebody lurking will surely be from beantown.
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Well then I could make a snide remark about my Cardinals knocking off your Pirates but unfortunately, somebody lurking will surely be from beantown.
I thought the series between the Cardinals and the Pirates was great, especially considering the dry spell that Pittsburgh has endured. As long as we aren't talking football this year....
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When I rode the route this past summer, we rode #2 . We got dropped off in front of a hotel across from Pt. State Park, rode down to the point then back across the bridge then on to the trail. Nice ride. The GAP trail surface is much nicer than the tow path surface, but it is a nice ride.
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Originally Posted by Altair 4 View Post
I'm a native Pittsburgher, as well, and have ridden all three ways that I mapped out many times.
Already responded on a PM. I hope that happened after this thread was started.

Here is my answer for others.

The path from Pittsburgh to Mckeesport is now 100% open.

You have two options from Train Station to Boston.

Option #1 . A tiny bit more complex but far more pleasant

http://goo.gl/maps/19qJw

Option #2 . A little more straight forward but the bike path takes you between two highways. Lots of noise and graffiti. If you will be riding early morning then I would not recommend this route. In fact you really should wait till first light before you get on the trail. Trail passes through Duquense and Mckeesport. Not horrible sections of town but I would rather not be there are dark either.

http://goo.gl/maps/KFzGd


Assuming you are going with option #1

Once you cross the Smithfield Bridge, just head for the parking lot below the bridge, don't bother with the bike path there. Cut through the parking lot, go to the other end near the gas station. There will be a gate there that leads to the street, Follow the cobblestone street and the signs to the path.

Street takes a sharp left, cross the train tracks and the path will be in front of you.

If you have not done so already, detour halfway across the Hotmetal Bridge and back. There is an excellent view of the city from there.
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