Sunday, October 16, 2011

Urban Hike Scavenger Hunt in Squirrel Hill - Noon on 10/22

We are just a few days away from the Squirrel Hill Scavenger Hunt! We have been working really hard, and you don't want to miss this one! Knowledge of the neighborhood is not required, and in fact it will be a great way to learn about some unusual features of this super cool area.

Don't worry about sending an RSVP, and don't break open the piggy bank, because no fee is required. Just show up at the public parking lot behind Gullifty's (behind the 1900 block of Murray Avenue) with a team of no more than 5 people, and be ready to go at noon (12pm). If your friends are busy, we'll put you on a team with new friends.

Bring one digital camera per team, and your cable for downloading pictures. The camera should be clear of any other photos. A pen/pencil for writing answers is also helpful. If you want to park in the lot behind Gullifty's, the meters have a pay station that takes credit cards - $4 for 4 hours. Otherwise, it's possible to find street parking if you don't mind a bit more of a walk.

We'll be there, rain or shine!!

Questions? Contact info@urbanhike.org

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Save the Date - Urban Hike Scavenger Hunt

The wait is over, and the location of the annual fall scavenger hunt is....Squirrel Hill!  Stay tuned for more details, and mark your calendars for 12 noon on Saturday October 22nd.

If you have somehow missed our clue hunting extravaganza in years past, the drill is: you show up by yourself, or in teams up to 5 people.  We will hand you a map with boundaries and clues, and it's up to you to find answers.  Some clues require picture taking, so bring a camera and a cable to download your photos onto a laptop.  The group will later reconvene to score the answers, announce winners, and, of course, hand out prizes.  

We'll see you there, and if you have any questions in the meantime, as always, you can find us at info@urbanhike.org

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sharpsburg Surprises Again!

Urban Hike seeks out the unexpected in each place we visit, so we've seen it all - castles in Wilmerding, boxing rings in former fire stations in Spring Garden, and secret societies in Swissvale. But, Sharpsburg really packs the surprises into its less than one square mile of surface area. If we say any more we'll ruin the fun, so just come on down and make sure you leave those old, stretched out socks at home because Sharpsburg will knock those off before we round the first bend! 

In addition to your newest stockings, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle and some sunscreen. 

Dogs are welcome, but be warned that this hike will include a few awesome indoor attractions. 

The terrain is relatively flat and there aren't any city steps on this hike, so feel free to bring the buggy. 

Any questions? Contact us at info@urbanhike.org

Lunch
We'll be hiking right through lunch time, so we hope you'll stick around for some food or drinks at Silky's Crows Nest at the end. If the weather is nice, they've promised to save us some of their deck seating with river views. They have asked that we get one check per table, so please bring cash or a generous attitude! (Hike will end around 12:30, so plan to stay later if you want to eat.) 

Directions - Car
We haven't been able to find a good address for the Crows Nest, but directions are simple. Get yourself to Sharpsburg (it's between the 62nd Street Bridge and the Highland Park Bridge on the north side of the Allegheny River) and you'll surely find yourself on the accurately named Main Street. Cross streets are numbered, so just head for 19th (low numbers in the west and high in the east) and then turn towards the river. You'll go through an underpass and when you come out, surprise!, there's the Crows Nest. 

Directions - Bus
Sharpsburg has two buses that run fairly frequently on Saturdays (rather unusual for such a small town, eh? ;> ) - the 1 Freeport Rd and the 91 Butler Street. Get off on Main Street at 19th Street and head towards the river.  

Recap: 

When: Saturday, September 24 ยท 10:00am - 12:30pm
Where: Crow's Nest,19th & River Road
What: Urban Hike in Sharpsburg
Who: Everyone, Anyone

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Date, Location and Meeting Time - Urban Hikes sets its sights on Swissvale and Swisshelm Park!

So, you've seen the Edgewood-Swissvale exit on the parkway and you've sped through Swissvale to get to Kennywood, but have you even heard of Swisshelm Park? And did you know Swissvale's secrets include super-sized subs, spruced up old houses, and the headquarters of the Secret Society of Odd Acquisition? No need to stall any longer! Saunter over to Swissvale on August 28th and Urban Hike will steer you through the sights of Swissvale and Swisshelm Park. After the hike, stick around for soups, salads, and sandwiches at Cafe dez Artz.
A few important details:
1. Sunday, August 28 @ 10am
2. Swissvale shopping plaza - Church St & Monongahela Ave, 15218
3. Hike will be 4.5 to 5 miles and contain several steep blocks, but no steps
4. Sunscreen, comfortable shoes, and beverages encouraged
5. We hike rain or shine!
Parking and Directions
Find your way to S. Braddock Avenue near Edgewood Towne Centre. Church Street intersects with S. Braddock near where it passes under the train tracks and busway. Turn the only way that you can onto Church (right if you're heading outbound and left if you're heading inbound) and drive to the next light, which is about a block. The shopping center will be on your left. We have been told that parking isn't enforced on Sundays, so you can park on the street or in the lot.
Buses: P1 (East Busway) and 61B

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Urban Hikes sets its sights on Swissvale and Swisshelm Park!

So, you've seen the Edgewood-Swissvale exit on the parkway and you've sped through Swissvale to get to Kennywood, but have you even heard of Swisshelm Park? And did you know Swissvale's secrets include super-sized subs, spruced up old houses, and the headquarters of the Secret Society of Odd Acquisition? No need to stall any longer! Saunter over to Swissvale on August 28th and Urban Hike will steer you through the sights of Swissvale and Swisshelm Park. After the hike, stick around for soups, salads, and sandwiches at Cafe dez Artz.

A few important details:
1. Hike will be 4.5 to 5 miles and contain several steep blocks, but no steps
2. Sunscreen, comfortable shoes, and beverages encouraged
3. We hike rain or shine!

Parking and Directions
Find your way to S. Braddock Avenue near Edgewood Towne Centre. Church Street intersects with S. Braddock near where it passes under the train tracks and busway. Turn the only way that you can onto Church (right if you're heading outbound and left if you're heading inbound) and drive to the next light, which is about a block. The shopping center will be on your left. We have been told that parking isn't enforced on Sundays, so you can park on the street or in the lot.

Buses: P1 (East Busway) and 61B

Monday, August 15, 2011

Swissvale (exact meeting spot coming soon)

So, you've seen the Edgewood-Swissvale exit on the parkway and you've sped through Swissvale to get to Kennywood, but have you even heard of Swisshelm Park? And did you know Swissvale's secrets include super-sized subs, spruced up old houses, and the headquarters of the Secret Society of Odd Acquisition? No need to stall any longer! Saunter over to Swissvale on August 28th and Urban Hike will steer you through the sights of Swissvale and Swisshelm Park. After the hike, stick around for soups, salads, and sandwiches at Cafe dez Artz.

A few important details:
1. Stay tuned for starting location specifics
2. Hike will be 4.5 to 5 miles and contain several steep blocks, but no steps
3. Sunscreen, comfortable shoes, and beverages encouraged
4. We hike rain or shine

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Details for Ambridge Hike - July 16th

The path to the past starts outside the Circle K in Ambridge - Map - and don't worry, the hike does get more scenic and more historic from there. There is plenty of free parking along Duss Avenue near the meeting spot. If you don't want to drive, consider taking the 14 bus - it goes from Downtown to just a few blocks from our meeting spot. You can find the Saturday schedule Here. Or contact us by Tuesday (7/12) about carpooling at info@urbanhike.org.  There will be a bit of construction along route 65, but we are not anticipating any major issues.

Don't forget to bring lots of water and sunscreen. Our final eatery is a cash-only locale, so if you think you might stay (and we think you should!), don't forget to bring a few dollars.

Recap:
When: Saturday, July 16th at 10am
Where: Circle K at 1599 Duss Ave, 15003 - Map
What: Urban Hike Path to the Past
Who: Come one and all, and bring friends

Questions? Contact info@urbanhike.org