Braddock Loop (Frick Park)

Starting and ending with the Braddock Trail, the Braddock Loop is a fun 2.7 mile route through mostly wooded trails that we love. Frick Park has miles of trails, so this is a nice taste of a few of them. Take a peak at the short video below to preview the twists and turns of the trail and see how to access it from our recommended parking spot:

If you have GPS on your phone, you can pull up Google Maps and actually see where you are on the trails! It’s pretty snazzy and very helpful if you are prone to getting lost like we are. Below is a picture of a Google map with the trails and directions color coded to use as a quick reference on your run. We hope this helps! ENJOY and let us know how we can improve these sorts of things.

BraddockLoopMap

Distance: ~2.7 miles

Estimated time: 30 min (jog)/ 50-60 mins (walk)

Parking: Slightly off South Braddock Avenue very close to where you can enter I-376, you will see a business called CLASS on Allenby Avenue. If you turn in there and follow the street to the lower lot (there are train tracks and part of the street is brick), you will see parking. If you continue straight through the lot, you will run into the trail head.

 

Bathrooms: There is a port-a-potty located on the Tranquil Trail not long after you turn onto it. You will see a pavilion and restroom building. There is also another port-a-potty in the parking lot you pass through before turning onto the Fire Lane Trail.

Water: There is no water available on these trails.

Special notes: There are stairs in the trail. There are also picnic tables along the route (near the parking lot/soccer field and the pavilion on the Tranquil Trail) and benches with scenic views!

Work It Out: For this one, we used the benches to work our triceps with dips and chest/shoulders with push ups on the back of the benches (like wall push ups). The stairs are also a great place to get in some calf raises!

We hope you have some fun in the sun!

 

Happy Trails!

Amy + Dominique

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Upper Panther Hollow Trail (Schenley)

This is a fun 2 mile trail around the park. We love the wooded feel and terrain. Plus, it’s beautiful year round. Watch the short video below to see how to access/follow the trail from the recommended parking location and some pictures of what to expect:

 

If you have a phone with GPS, you can actually pull up Google Maps and see where you are at on the trail. I took a screen shot from Google Maps and traced the path that this trail follows as a reference.

UpperPantherHollowTrailMap

Distance: 2.2 miles

Estimated Time: 20 minutes (jog) / 40 minutes (walk)

Parking: I recommend street parking on Overlook Drive. You can enter the address “1 Overlook Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238” into your GPS. Turning onto Overlook Drive from the Boulevard of the Allies, follow the street past the Schenley Oval and park near the end before you get to Bartlett St/Greenfield Rd. Coming from Bartlett St/Greenfield Rd,  park along Overlook Drive as soon as you turn onto Overlook Drive. Greenfield Rd is currently closed at that intersection.

Bathrooms: There is a port-a-potty at the end of the trail (you can see it in the one picture), and if you go up to the Oval, there are bathrooms there open seasonally plus another port-a-potty usually.

Water: There are water fountains seasonably available around the Oval.

Special notes: Watch out for mud if it just rained considerably. Also beware of poison ivy if you stray from the trail into the woods.

Work It Out: For this one, we incorporated some upper body moves to compliment the hills you will be walking/jogging up. You can perform push ups, moving push ups, and tricep dips using the walls of the stone bridges. Pictures (hopefully) coming soon!

Wow! Now that our first trail is posted, we can breathe a sigh of relief. This whole blog thing might not be so hard after all, haha.

Cheers,

Amy + Dominique