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“The best Sewickley has to offer. Rocks, roots, and lots of techy terrain mixed with smooth trail”
— Kristine Thorniley
be careful of private property, respect the homeowners. dont be a jagoff. take it easy
This is an incredibly involved yet rewarding ride with sections of trail for any riding style. For a rider to shine on these trails often requires plowing through stream crossings, loose rock, and occasional mud. these trails are excellently maintained by a group of local riders, but they never seem to lose that rough and tumble feel that characterizes the area. With some time getting to know it and finding the right lines, sewickley can be one of the most fun and flowy trail networks in the region without being excessively built up.
Need to Know
bring lots of water. only water is available at the top parking lot at sewickley heights park year round. the technical nature of these trails also make for some of the best winter fat biking around, but come prepared, it can be a long way back to the car after getting lost in the extensive trail network
hold on, and be prepared for the occasional mechanical. These trails are much more spread out than many of the others in the area, which results in covering some serious distances that would be difficult to walk a bike back to the car in the event of a mechanical. For those new to sewickley, the upper parking lot in sewickley heights park and it can be lots of fun to explore the interconnected loops that increase in difficulty the further one gets from the park. Just beware of horses and everything that comes with them. To avoid startling the horses, and more importantly the old money sewickleyites, (the worst part of riding here) please remember to step off to the side of the trails and allow the horses to have the right of way. Another option is to park at the upper parking lot at the ymca and take the fairly inconspicuous gravel climb the center of war memorial park up past a shed and through a large field until you reach a road. Make either a left or right upon arrival at the road at the top of the hill, left to reach the "high maintenance trail" system, a beautiful rocky loop with plenty of other trails to explore. this is some of the most incredible, but difficult, riding that can be found in sewickley. hold on tight, it gets steep. another option is to turn left at the road, and continuing strait for about a mile. after a left turn down pony hollow road, this will lead to a swooping downhill parallel to the road that juts off to the right before the road exits Allegheny country club golf course. This trail is a personal favorite of everyone in sewickley as it offers natural berms and stream crossings through an all around beautiful area. at the bottom, one can continue after the one lane bridge by turning right on fern hollow road and keeping an eye out on the left for a trail called barrasso, which makes a and fun climb into the park. these can also all be linked using the seven road trail systems.
History & Background
a lot of horse trails converted to mtb. but it manages to be pretty incredible