So I moved to Pittsburgh pretty recently but so far I haven’t found trails I really like. Back home in Alaska right near my house was a ski area attached to a ton of trails. You could ride back there for hours.
I realize Pittsburgh is not AK but I have been hoping to find something kinda similar since Pittsburgh is so hilly.
Here is one of my favorite areas to ride back home:
Welcome to Pittsburgh! Like the bear bell, which you won’t need here, but might still be a good idea as I suspect our trails are more crowded. I believe there is an active trail riding group, but don’t know anyone in it or have contact info. Call any local shop and I suspect they can help you with contacts.
Not trail related, but Bicycle Heaven is open. Go.
MTB Project / Trailforks are a great resource around here.
Personally check some of the trails Flying Squirrel / Country Club at Alameda park (butler, pa), Iron Gate in Frick, Dr J / Koto buki in north park.
For road trips to some riding destinations within 3 hours or so, head up to new trails at Jakes Rocks in Allegheny National Forest, Some fun techy riding down at Big Bear WV, or awesome smooth flowy trails at Allegrippis trails @ Raystown Lake.
Dr. J freeride in North Park has some good features, and its a full fledged downhill run. Frick Park’s Iron Gate is about the same difficulty, but twice as long as Dr. J and twice as far down vertically. 276 (also in frick) has some climbing, but some good features on the way down.
If you don’t mind a good amount of climbing on singletrack, you can go to the slags just south of Frick Park. Legally this is a gray area, and personally I avoid it because it can be dangerous. Stay on the western side of the creek down there, where there aren’t many trees and a lot of tall grass. There’s a flowy loop over there that most people who avoid the slags will still be fine on. If you go on the other side, there’s a dirt jump track and a trail on a cliff. Both are sketchy and there’s no access road if you get hurt.
Boyce Park has White Blaze, which is a 2 mile loop with 3 downhill sections. Isn’t really that hard but it’s a beautiful park and never crowded. Boyce Park also has Blue Blaze Red Dot. Start at the Dog Park and work your way toward the Log Cabin. (Just go on trailforks).