Trail

North Park - White Blazes - South Ridge Loop

Pittsburgh, PA
Length: 2.60 mi.
Type: Loop

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This loop in North Park is located in the section of the park near the swimming pool, off of Hemlock Drive.  It takes you up and down some hills, through various types of terrain and vegetation. It’s primarily shaded, though there are a few open patches. Follow the white blazes, keeping in mind that a double blaze indicates a turn. The park maps and the county park app can help you identify any crossings with other trails and keep on your way. The loop begins from the Deer Browse shelter side of S Ridge Dr (on your right when driving in from the pool) and will drop you off on the other side of the road (near Harmar Pavilion – on your left as you entered from the pool.)

To find the trailhead, enter the park, and follow signs onto S Ridge Dr towards Pie Traynor field. There is plenty of parking along the road near Harmar Pavilion (on your left) and in the Pie Traynor Parking Lot (on your right). Look for the red-topped Deer Browse shelters on your right as you head to park. The trailhead is straight back into the woods from there (for reference, Pie Traynor fields will be on your left, the parking lot along the pool/large playgrounds on your right). You’ll see the first white blazes as you enter the woods.

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Trail Features

Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, Shelter, and Wildlife Viewing

Following this loop allows you to experience varying terrain and vegetation. You’ll pass over a creek via bridge, through some evergreen forests, walk past some lovely large rocks, and through a meadow section. This trail loops you a little further out from the park road, so it tends to be a bit quieter than the other trails in this section of the park. As you continue on, you’ll come closer to the road, giving you access to alternate trails if you’d like to vary your route, including the paved walking lane along the road should you need to cut your trip a bit shorter.

The county parks app will allow you to pick a trail and follow along via your GPS.

Trails are also used by mountain bikers, so please remember to keep alert so you can step aside and let them pass.

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Julie has been an Ambassador for Hike it Baby since summer 2015. She and her husband, Andrew, started hiking with Hike it Baby in January 2015, when their daughter was just 6 months old.