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Rachel Carson TrailPittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Hiking8.80 Miles 1,608 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   3 Hrs   58 Mns   2.22 mph
1,608 ft AEG
 
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Back in PA again and got a chance to do another segment of the Rachel Carson Trail. This was the shortest drive yet being only less than a 10 minute drive from my house. The trailhead isn’t really a trailhead, but more of a park and ride lot. I got there late morning to find the entire lot packed and no one on the trail. I kind of put things together from there.

The weather was a little cooler and much less humid than on previous trips this time of year, which I was grateful for. This section of trail was originally just following the road and then cut across some fields and into the woods. Now, the trail immediately heads into the woods and pretty much stays there. That was nice to have shade the entire time. Some signs are posted along the trail that mentions that this section of the trail was possible through land purchase from donations, but doesn’t mention it being a newer section of trail. Glad I waited a few years before I did this.

There’s one steep climb to start, then pretty level for a half mile or so before a big descent. Just past the two mile mark is a crazy steep ascent with look footing and no switchbacks. Soon after there’s a ravine to cross that has similar crazy steep and loose footing. After that, things mellow out. The trail follows roads along some power lines and then into the woods again. It finally comes out to a road that it just follows, which is dicey in spots as there is no berm on this 2 lane road and several dump trucks seem to be using it on a regular basis. I think I was about a little over a mile from the east terminus at Harrison Hills Park, but since I was about to hit 9 miles for the entire hike, had to negotiate the steep sections again and was already drenched in sweat, I decided to call it a day.

On the way out I saw a turkey pop out from the high grass along the powerline and quickly run off. Soon after I saw doe and its fawn. All of them were gone before I could even get my camera out. The only wildlife pics I had to settle for was a puddle of tadpoles along a section of the trail.

The hike was very nice, mostly easy to hike and in the shade with breezes every now and then. The original forecast called for rain, but I was again lucky enough to miss that. Nice to get out of AZ this time of year and get a different kind of hike in.
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