Hey guys, I’m trying to get to Swissvale from South Side tonight and taking Greenfield Ave > Beechwood > Forward > Commercial > Church > Braddock. But then on Google I see this green line indicating a trail between Old Browns Hill Road and Commercial St. It cuts through a little extension of Frick Park it appears…I’m guessing Nine Mile Run?
What is the name of that trail and does anyone know the condition of this trail? I have somewhere to get to so I don’t want to go and then have to turnaround part way. I’m just really curious and can think of nothing better on a nice spring day than to take a car-free ride through the woods.
i went through last summer. if you can find the start of it from commercial, you should be fine heading along it. it was actively maintained last summer, with a grassy dirt road (fine on 23mm tires) heading from commercial to the new (as of last year) bridge over 9 mile run. from there, it was paved with something that looked like gravel, but didn’t slip at all up the steep hill leading from the bridge. and it was a clear shot to the parking lot in duck hollow, at the bottom of old browns hill road.
from there, you can head along some guerrilla trails to braddock, or up old browns hill to where that comes out on browns hill.
Thanks guys… HV, I’d be going the other direction, from Old Browns toward Commercial…figured it would a nice detour from the Beechwood “Parking Lane”. So I guess I’ll have more downhill than what you experienced?
If you’re on Browns Hill you will have a steep downhill to the “entrance” of the trail which wasn’t marked last time I was there and if you overshoot it and ride to the river you have a steep uphill to get back to it. If you find the entrance it’s fairly flat until you hit the valley and you have to head down and over the bridge then back up. It’s nothing crazy but the gravel is fairly loose so be careful.
Thanks rsprake, I’m thinking I might just stick to the streets this time and go exploring when I don’t have anywhere to be. Good intel for later.
Rankin? Doesn’t that require going toward the Waterfront first? I’ve never gone that way since the trail isn’t yet finished in that direction. Is there a way around that doesn’t require too much “off-roading” or getting on a highway on-ramp?