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Tom's Run Loop

Intermediate
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Tom's Run is a relaxing, wooded singletrack loop just 15 miles from downtown Pittsburgh.


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3.0

Miles

4.9

KM

Point to Point

1,219' 372 m

High

860' 262 m

Low

513' 156 m

Up

495' 151 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Need to Know

The parking area is accessed from Tom's Run Road off of Duff Road and Route 65 and can NOT be accessed from the section of Tom's Run Road that intersects Roosevelt Road.

Description

From the parking lot, the trail starts by following a 500-foot long ADA accessible trail down what was once Dogwood Lane. Shortly after the trail crosses Tom's Run itself and begins the loop. After crossing the creek, a rock cairn and steps to the right mark the start of the well-cut switchbacks to the top of the hill gaining 300 feet to start the loop.

From the top of the switchbacks the trail closely follows the contour of the hill along several valleys. The next significant feature is the first crossing of an abandoned well access road. Shortly thereafter you'll come to an outlook area with a 180 degree view of the surrounding valley. This is most remarkable late fall through early spring when leaves are down and visibility is high, but also enjoyable when foliage is in full force.

From this point the trail turns to the north heading to the high point and a large clearing at the top of the hill. Approaching the clearing the terrain turns friendly toward native ants and in the summer you may see a remarkable number of ants crossing the trail with large mounds just off the trail. After the clearing, the trail heads back under the canopy, crosses the access road again and descends another short set of switchbacks. This section takes you closest to housing development then briefly emerges from the canopy to follow the access road for a brief descent.

The next segment continues to descend and wind briefly until crossing Tom's Run again and turning back to the trailhead. This segment features great views of the creek valley, large patches of wildflowers in the spring and passes the last standing stone foundation remaining from when Dogwood Lane was inhabited.

The trail is marked throughout with white 2"x4" blazes every 50'-100'.

Flora & Fauna

Trillium in the spring, a mix of old growth and new growth deciduous trees, deer throughout the year both day an night, opossum and coyote at night.

Contacts

Shared By:

Shane McGraw

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Sprinig colors in full swing.
Aug 13, 2020 near Emsworth, PA
Great views of the valley sans foliage in the winter.
Aug 13, 2020 near Emsworth, PA
Singletrack with overhanging foliage.
Aug 9, 2020 near Emsworth, PA
Resiliant tree coming back after being cut during trail building
Aug 13, 2020 near Emsworth, PA
Well defined switchback section at night.
Aug 13, 2020 near Emsworth, PA
Scarlet Tanager, spring 2020
Aug 13, 2020 near Emsworth, PA

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