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Offline dreitman

Great allegheny passage
« on: March 22, 2011, 07:34:41 pm »
I plan to ride great allegheny passage/ C&O canal.  I understand the trail between Pittsburgh & McKeesport is incomplete.  Can someone suggest an alternate street route from Pittsburgh to McKeesport?

Offline CharlieR

Re: Great allegheny passage
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2011, 11:37:27 pm »
I haven't ridden it yet, but I'm looking at using the Montour Trail and completely bypass Pittsburgh (and all the traffic). Drops you back out north of Pitt.

Offline BrianW

Re: Great allegheny passage
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2011, 09:09:07 am »
There have been a lot of threads recently on this topic, and the GAP in general, both here on the ACA forums and over on the "Touring Forum" ( Do a search on both sites and you'll find lots of info.

If you are interested, I have a trip journal from my GAP ride last year at

Offline fonsie

Re: Great allegheny passage
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2011, 11:02:02 am »
I ride it every year since it opened in 2007. From McKeesport for about 2 miles there's a series of on a path, in a bike lane. Then your on a trail to RT 837 the signs are marked well. It's kind of finished but, from Kennywood Park to Sandcastle you have a series of shoulder riding on 837. Once you go thru sandcastle you got a path strait to Pittsburgh. I'm taking 2 of my nephews from Pittsburgh to DC when school lets out, ones 8 and the other will be turning 11. Have a good trip.  ;)
It's better to try and fail then not trying at all.

Offline Peaks

Re: Great allegheny passage
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2011, 05:10:44 pm »
Advice given in the GAP tour book is to take a city bus from Pittsburg to McKeesport.  That's what I did last year.  Most buses have bike racks on them.