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Distance:
1.1 Miles / 1.8 km
Type:
Loop
Difficulty:
Easy
Time to Hike:
~33 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
Barking Slopes Conservation Area
Town:
New Kensington, Pennsylvania
Directions:
40.529071, -79.792073
Added:
October 07, 2017
Updated:
June 06, 2018
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96 '

Total Change
79 '

Ascent
129 '

Descent

The Uplands Trail at Barking Slopes Conservation Area outside of Pittsburgh, PA is an easy 1 mile loop/out-and-back combo hike with a great overlook of the Allegheny River on the west side of the trail.

To get to this trail, you'll need to hike in on the Easement Trail which is 0.5 miles one-way, so plan for a 1.5 to 2 mile hike to the overlook and back to parking. The trail splits into two different directions - east and west - but has a loop in the middle. This GPS data starts by taking the immediate right and heads up two trails to the right side - the first section leads to a gas well which I turned back to get to the 2nd spur. The 2nd spur leads out to the power lines and keeps going for a bit, but I decided to head back to the west side instead.

On your way back to the loop portion of the trail, look to your right to find a small trail - this is the loop. This section of the loop is not well marked and kind of hard to follow in the fall with leaves on the ground, but continue on until you see the main trail again. From here, you'll hike uphill slightly for about 0.2 to 0.3 miles before you reach a small Allegheny Land Trust sign pointing to a nice overlook of the Allegheny River.

You can continue for about 0.1 or 0.2 miles to the west before the Allegheny Land Trust property ends. Here you can turn back and take the remaining portion of the loop back to where the Easement Trail ends.

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  1. Parking

    40.529071, -79.792073
  2. Main Trailhead

    40.531785, -79.797315
  3. Trailhead

    40.531815, -79.797302
    Trailhead
  4. Natural gas well

    40.532097, -79.795589
    Natural gas well
  5. View of Cheswick, PA

    40.532288, -79.794555
    View of Cheswick, PA
  6. Turn to the loop portion of the trail

    40.532339, -79.795684
    Turn to the loop portion of the trail
  7. Foliage along the trail heading toward the western vista

    40.533603, -79.799013
    Foliage along the trail heading toward the western vista
  8. Vista point of Cheswick, PA along the Allegheny River

    40.534017, -79.800917
    Vista point of Cheswick, PA along the Allegheny River
  9. Allegheny River

    40.534024, -79.800825
    Allegheny River
  10. Vista point

    40.540889, -79.800514
    Vista point
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1.1 miles / 1.8 km
Trail added
October 07, 2017
Hiked on
October 07, 2017
Updated on
June 06, 2018
1.1 miles / 1.8 km
August 09, 2020
Eastern part of the trail was pretty overgrown and thorny, Western portion was better kept and had a nice view of the Allegheny
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