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Distance:
0.7 Miles / 1.1 km
Type:
Out-and-Back
Difficulty:
Easy
Time to Hike:
~21 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
Heth's Run
Town:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Directions:
1321 King Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
40.479679, -79.925781
Added:
July 12, 2016
Updated:
July 12, 2019
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77 '

Total Change
176 '

Ascent
151 '

Descent

The King Estate Trail in Pittsburgh, PA connects King ave to N Negley, just south of the Highland Park Reservoir #2.

This trail has 3 exit points and some interesting crumbling old architecture directly behind the estate. The northwest section of the trail is interesting, but can be a bit dangerous hiking up and down the steep hillsides. It leads down to the small creek and up the immediate hillside, passing along the fence until you reach a section of the hill that juts out above the Zoo's overflow parking lot. There's a small bushcraft shelter and a small overlook section looking down into the gorge below near the powerlines.

In the Fall, you can see the wooden bridge structure for the PGH Zoo's train, which curves through a section of the woods adjacent to the trail. In the winter, you can see large ice formations hanging from the gorge's ledges further down the hill as well.

Note: you can mountain bike through the eastern portion of this trail; however, on the west portion is a small staircase and the trail becomes more narrow. There are sometimes downed trees on the western portion as well.

Parking: The parking marker provided here is located along King Ave in Highland Park, Pittsburgh, at the trailhead; however, you can also park at the opposite side of this trail along N Negley Ave. There are two trailheads along N Negley Ave - one located at the park in between N Negley and Elgin St and one located at the corner of N Negley and Mellon Terrace.

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  1. Parking

    40.479679, -79.925781
  2. Main Trailhead

    40.47968, -79.925461
  3. Back side of the King Estate - possibly an old barn foundation

    40.479206, -79.924125
    Back side of the King Estate - possibly an old barn foundation
  4. Bushcraft shelter on the ridge

    40.48055, -79.925247
    Bushcraft shelter on the ridge
  5. On the ridge next to the edge of the zoo

    40.480697, -79.925164
    On the ridge next to the edge of the zoo
  6. On the ridge by the edge of the zoo

    40.480567, -79.925003
    On the ridge by the edge of the zoo
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0.7 miles / 1.1 km
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July 12, 2016
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