Urban Hike Heads to Millvale – Macaroons, Murals and More

Maxo Vanka Murals, Millvale - 1

Maxo Vanka Murals, Millvale – 1 (Photo credit: the justified sinner)

Urban Hike is one of the best ways to check out the city and meet some new folks.  The Urban Hike organizers have mapped out a route, found the best places to eat and lined up some local experts to share some local history.  This hike to Millvale will make a stop to see one of the best kept secrets in Western PA – the Maxo Vanka Murals.

Urban Hike Millvale

Saturday, July 19, 2014

10am – meet at Jean-March Chatellier’s French Bakery, 212 North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15209

Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/1439057913021684/

Join us for a 4-mile walk in Millvale this Saturday, July 19th. The hike begins at 10:00 a.m., but we suggest you arrive early to grab a treat from the highly-regarded Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery. As we hike, we’ll catch a couple of highlights in the business district, peak in on the Max Vanko murals, speak to some Franciscan nuns about their peaceful and eco-friendly Millvale home, and, as always, walk on residential streets to get the real feel of the neighborhood.

This hike is a bit flatter than most, but it’s still Pittsburgh, so there will be some hills and city steps. Come prepared with your walking shoes, a bottle of water and, if needed, an umbrella. We hike rain or shine.

Don’t let the parking meters on North and Grant Avenues fool you, they are free on weekends. Park wherever you can find a spot near the bakery.

If you have time after the hike, stick around for lunch at Sidelines Bar and Grill with the Urban Hike crew or brunch on your own at the original Pamela’s — the P&G Diner — which is within a block of our starting spot at Jean-Marc’s.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

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View of Millvale (Photo Credit: Millvale Bogough Facebook Page)

View of Millvale (Photo Credit: Millvale Bogough Facebook Page)

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Urban Hike Heads to Garfield

Locator map with the Garfield neighborhood in ...

Locator map with the Garfield neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania highlighted. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of our favorite Pittsburgh activites (and its totally free) kicks off the 2013 season this Saturday with a hike around the neighborhood of Garfield. The Facebook event page for the hike is available here.

Calling all urban hikers …
Are you ready for the first hike of the year? Join us this Saturday, April 27th as Urban Hike heads to Garfield! It’ll be a short, sweet, and steep hike — around three miles in total.
We’ll begin at Artisan Tattoo / Gallery at 5001 Penn Avenue at noon. From there we’ll walk up and down the hills of Garfield, and take in some lesser-known vantage points. Following the hike, we encourage you to join us for a buffet at People’s Indian Restaurant. We expect the hike to take around two hours, followed by an hour lunch or so.
As always, folks of all ages are welcome. There will be some step climbing and unpaved trail walking, so pushing a stroller for younger kids could get a bit difficult in spots. If you have any other questions, post a note on our facebook page, or drop us a line at info@urbanhike.com.
We look forward to seeing you this Saturday — rain or shine!
– The Urban Hike crew

Urban Hike Scavenger Hunt – Be There or Be Square

Each year the folks who plan all of the Urban Hikes end the season with a huge scavenger hunt around a Pittbsurgh neighborhood.  I have competed in the past – it is tricky, educational and a ton of fun all at once.  There are some serious competitiors and lots of folks who are just there to explore a new neighborhood.

Previous UH Scavenger Hunts have visited East Liberty, Squirell Hill, Lawrenceville and Bloomfield.  The 2012 Urban Hike Scavenger Hunt will be tackling the neighborhood of Regent Square.  This is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon – plan for at least 4 hours for the hunt and for scoring.

IMPORTANT TRAFFIC INFO – According to PennDOT’s website the Squirrel Hill Tunnel will be closed on Sat. October 20.  What this means is that the traffic going into the tunnel which is slow on a good day will be a complete mess – allow extra time to get to the starting point.  We’ve made a map to show you how close the starting point and the Squirrel Hill Tunnels are to each other.  Forbes and Braddock will likely serve as the detour for traffic.

Here are the details from the Urban Hike folks….

It’s here. The hunt.
Regent Square.Mark your calendars for 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 20. Teams can be up to five people. If you don’t already have teammates picked out, come as you are and we’ll help you find folks to hunt with!Urban Hike will provide you with a map, dozens of clues, and a time limit for wandering up and down the streets of Regent Square. You provide the answers. Some of the clues require taking pictures, so bring a camera with a blank memory card and a cable to download those pictures onto a computer. Bring a pen or pencil too.

The hunt will start in Frick Park at the corner of Forbes and Braddock. The hunt ends at a nearby local restaurant where we will score the answers, announce winners, and hand out prizes from our *awesome* neighborhood sponsors including:
    • Ambiance Boutique
    • Clipps Salon
    • D’s Six Pax & Dogz
    • Dunning’s Grill
    • Glenn Greene’s Stained Glass Studio
    • McBroom’s Beer Distributor
    • Paws-itively Pets
    • Square Cafe
    • Styles by Cardamone
    • Typhoon Lighting
If you have any questions in the meantime, as always, you can find us at info@urbanhike.com.Be there or be, um, square.
Here is the Facebook Event for the 2012 Urban Hike – RSVP and invite your friends to attend too!

The Next Urban Hike Heads to Marshall Shadeland on September 15

If you are new to Pittsburgh or just eager to explore a new neighborhood than this is the activity for you.  Every month from April to September the Urban Hike team plans out a hike around a different Pittsburgh neighborhood.  The hikes are free but the group usually stops for lunch after the hike.

Urban Hike – Marshall Shadeland
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Meet in front of the red LED sign that marks the entrance to the ALCOSAN plant. It’s just past the intersection of New Beaver Street and Tracy St., 15233. Public parallel parking is available on the nearby side streets, so give yourself a few extra minutes to park and join us at the sign.
Facebook Event Link 

This hike will include a tour of ALCOSAN followed by some other sights in the Marshall-Shadeland area.  Here is the description of the hike from the organizers…

Urban Hike loves to explore new perspectives in Pittsburgh and our Marshall-Shadeland hike is no different. Not only will we take in this city neighborhood’s streets and sights from above, we’ll look into what’s below too! Our hike starts early at the ALCOSAN (that’s short for Allegheny County Sanitary Authority) plant that provides wastewater treatment services to 83 communities including the City of Pittsburgh. You’ll never look at a drain the same again.

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After the ALCOSAN bus tour concludes, we’ll get our exercise on by climbing some of Marshall-Shadeland’s hills. This hike will be a bit brisker than most, with fewer stops to outweigh the extra time we’ll spend on the tour at the beginning. But just in case you’re not convinced to come out, rain or shine, with us… we’ll sweeten the deal just a bit more. A pit stop at a neighborhood ice cream and coffee café. Yum.

RSVP Requested!

If you are coming on the hike, we ask that you please RSVP to Emily at emilykeebler(at)yahoo.com or http://www.facebook.com/emilykeebler by Thursday, September 13 so we can give ALCOSAN an approximate headcount.

Sq. Hill Scavenger Hunt

From the Sharpsburg Urban Hike

The competition is already heating up for the annual Urban Hike Scavenger Hunt.  Each year the folks from Urban Hike end the hiking season with a scavenger hunt around one of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods.

This year the scavenger hunt will be heading to Sq. Hill.  It is free to participate and open to all ages – Families too! Those kids are serious competitiors.

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Image by ryanrocketship via Flickr

Urban Hike Scavenger Hunt – Sq. Hill

  • Satruday, October 22, 2011
  • Meet at the public parking lot behind Gullifty’s (behind the 1900 block of Murray Avenue)
  • Parking –  the lot behind Gullifty’s, the meters have a pay station that takes credit cards – $4 for 4 hours.
  • Teams are limited to 5 people
  • Bring one digital camera per team, and your cable for downloading pictures. The camera should be clear of any other photos.
  • Facebook Event – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=295106217168137
  • Questions? Contact info@urbanhike.org