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Distance:
1.0 Mile / 1.6 km
Type:
Out-and-Back
Difficulty:
Hard
Time to Hike:
~30 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
Barking Slopes Conservation Area
Town:
Verona, Pennsylvania
Directions:
40.52908, -79.791944
Added:
October 07, 2017
Updated:
June 06, 2018
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163 '

Total Change
270 '

Ascent
164 '

Descent

The Easement Trail at Barking Slopes Conversation Area near Verona, PA (just outside of Pittsburgh) is a difficult 1 mile out-and-back hike. The trail immediately shoots up a steep grade slope before leveling out. At the top of the hill you can see the skyscrapers of downtown Pittsburgh along with the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. This trail's difficulty is set as "hard" because of the elevation grade on both sides of the hill.

Follow the small white signs with the Allegheny Land Trust logo on them to stay on the proper trail. On the far side of the hill, you'll start hiking downhill again. Watch your step as the trail consists of what looks like baseball-sized volcanic rock and makes it easy to roll your ankle.

At the end of the trail you'll start the Uplands Trail which leads to an overlook to the west end of the trail.

Explore 214 trails near Verona, PA
  1. Parking

    40.52908, -79.791944
  2. Main Trailhead

    40.529107, -79.792167
  3. Heading uphill near the trailhead

    40.529156, -79.792039
    Heading uphill near the trailhead
  4. View of Pittsburgh, PA from the top of the hill

    40.530692, -79.793097
    View of Pittsburgh, PA from the top of the hill
  5. Trail junction - take a right hand turn

    40.530734, -79.793925
    Trail junction - take a right hand turn
  6. Vista toward Harmar, PA

    40.531434, -79.794068
    Vista toward Harmar, PA
  7. Vista of Cheswick, PA

    40.531907, -79.794602
    Vista of Cheswick, PA
  8. View of the powerlines and fields at the top of the hill

    40.53095, -79.793942
    View of the powerlines and fields at the top of the hill
  9. Vista toward Pittsburgh, PA

    40.530719, -79.794206
    Vista toward Pittsburgh, PA
  10. Got lost and came across view of Cheswick Generating Station. Coal barges!

    40.530942, -79.792045
    Got lost and came across view of Cheswick Generating Station. Coal barges!
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1.0 mile / 1.6 km
Trail added
October 07, 2017
Hiked on
October 07, 2017
Updated on
June 06, 2018
1.0 mile / 1.6 km
August 09, 2020
The loose rocks make this pretty treacherous, I had a number of close calls on both sides of the hill. It was worth it for the off-trail view of the coal power plant across the river - take a right to go uphill/east when it levels out.
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0.4 miles / 0.6 km
September 01, 2017
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0.4 miles / 0.6 km
September 01, 2017
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