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Red/Blue Blaze

Intermediate
 4.3 (8)

This trail offers views of the lake in winter and cool runs in summer.


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Map Key

6.0

Miles

9.7

KM

Point to Point

1,237' 377 m

High

1,000' 305 m

Low

568' 173 m

Up

600' 183 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

The Red/Blue Blaze Trail is heavily used. It's an in-and-out path extends for 2 miles "as a crow flies" and is 6 miles of continuous, uninterrupted trail. This is a must-do hike for people in the Pittsburgh area, as it is only a few miles from the city but offers seclusion.

The Red/Blue Blaze Trail runs from North Ridge Road near the Ice Skating Rink to Irwin Run where Babcock Blvd intersects Pierce Mill Rd. The trail was originally constructed in the mid 1990's By Dave Brunger and Bill Kirk as the Rainbow Trail. This runs from the Skating Rink side to the Wisconsin Shelter.

To find the trailhead from the Ice Skating rink side, start at the Olympia Shelter parking lot (across Pierce Mill Rd from the Skating Rink). Ride up North Ridge Rd for ~50 yards. The trail will start to your right. The trail winds up the initial ~.25 mile climb. The trail is continually marked with red/blue blazes, but does not cross any other trails. There are multiple opt-out locations in case you get tired or run short on time. All opt-outs put you on North Ridge Drive, which you can take northward and end up back at the double lot.

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Land Manager: Allegheny County, PA

Shared By:

Kevin Ketchman

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 8 votes

#1

in North Park

#6672

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  4.3 from 8 votes
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#1

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#127

in Pennsylvania

#6,672

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Photos

Some baby deer and their mother along the trail.
Jul 5, 2015 near Gibsonia, PA
An example of common Red/Blue Blaze Trail terrain.
Apr 2, 2015 near Gibsonia, PA

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Oct 28, 2019
Bean W
Sep 8, 2019
Brian Kowalski
Great starter trail after many walks around path that circles lake. Needed more of a challenge & this trail did not dissapoint. 6.4mi — 2h 48m
Jul 29, 2019
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Apr 7, 2019
Janine Zozos
Jul 18, 2018
Ian McCullough
Appears to be parts where HP track diverges from the blazes or vice versa 6mi
Sep 1, 2017
John Toal
6mi
Jun 21, 2017
Michael Grimm
5.6mi
Jun 20, 2017
Matt H
Real nice trail up and down ridges. Well maintained. Easy to connect to red blaze trail to make loop back to Olympia lot.