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Distance

8.39 mi

Elevation gain

968 ft

Technical difficulty

Easy

Elevation loss

968 ft

Max elevation

1,038 ft

Trailrank

83 5

Min elevation

737 ft

Trail type

Loop

Moving time

2 hours 21 minutes

Time

2 hours 44 minutes

Coordinates

2319

Uploaded

March 9, 2021

Recorded

March 2021
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1,038 ft
737 ft
8.39 mi

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near Greenfield, Pennsylvania (United States)

This short walk explores Schenley Park but starts in Greenfield. I started this trek at the traffic lights at the Alger Street, Ronald Street, Beechwood Boulevard, and Greenfield Road intersections at 40.42719°N and -79.93863°W. Just proceed across the Greenfield Bridge and continue heading along Greenfield Road. This bridge crosses the Penn-Lincoln Parkway.
You can enter Schenley Park at 40.42921°N and -79.93751°W via Pocusset Street if you like. I entered the park at the Bridle Trailhead at 40.43272°N and -79.93770°W just off Overlook Drive. This trail is very well established and quite popular. The problem with this trail is its close proximity to the Penn-Lincoln Parkway. It’s actually running mostly parallel with this major roadway for quite some distance and it is extremely noisy. This trail actually connects with the Zig Zag Trail at 40.43033°N and -79.94808°W. I followed the Bridle Trail until the split at the Boulevard of the Allies at 40.43399°N and -79.94805°W.
The Upper Panther Hollow Trail picks up at this point and goes under the Charles Anderson Memorial Bridge. The trailhead is just across from the Anderson Playground. I followed that Upper Trail until the intersection with the Lower Panther Hollow Trail at 40.43355°N and -79.93653°W. The park can be entered from here as well at the trailhead just past the Bartlett Playground.
I followed the Lower Panther Hollow Trail past the Tufa Bridge at 40.43400°N and -79.93564°W and stayed on this trail back to Panther Hollow Lake. The Lower Panther Hollow Trail connects to the Steve Faloon Memorial Trail at 40.43445°N and -79.93628°W and the Hollow Run Trail at 40.43443°N and -79.93638°W. There is also a trail connection with the Hollow Run Trail at 40.43582°N and -79.94308°W.
There are several small bridges along the Lower Panther Hollow Trail that crosses small streams filled by small waterfalls. I exited the Lower Panther Hollow Trail at 40.43806°N and -79.94609°W and walked along the Hollow Run Trail. I walked around Panther Hollow Lake but crossed the railroad tracks at 40.43627°N and -79.94956°W. From here I picked up the Junction Hollow Trail at 40.43556°N and -79.94992°W and walked past the Schenley Park Soccer Field.
Junction Hollow Trail ends on Boundary Street at 40.42914°N and -79.94958°W but a few steps along to your left you should notice a narrow gravel pathway leading uphill through the forest. This is, in my humble opinion, the most interesting trail in the entire park. The Zig Zag Trail earned its name! It is also a very steep and in some places extremely narrow uphill trek. It actually winds its way above the Schenley Park Soccer Field and the Railroad tracks and re-connects with the Bridle Trail at 40.43033°N and -79.94808°W. It is not as popular as the other trails in the park so it’s a great chance to really enjoy the natural landscape without the annoyance of others constantly around you. If you don’t do any of the trails in Schenley Park you have to do just this one!
I continued along the Bridle Trail and took the tunnel at 40.43493°N and -79.94722°W going under the Boulevard of the Allies. This goes past the Schenley Swimming Pool and the Anderson Playground. I re-entered the Upper Trail at 40.43576°N and -79.94857°W and took the flight of stairs at 40.43624°N and -79.94733°W down to the Hollow Run Trail. I continued along this trail from the trailhead at 40.43693°N and -79.94684°W. This trail starts out wide but gradually becomes very narrow and muddy when it nears Panther Hollow Run. There are many people walking dogs along the trail as well so it’s interesting navigating around very narrow sections. Apart from the dogs the Hollow Run Trail is the second most interesting trail within this park.
I exited the Hollow Run Trail at 40.43443°N and -79.93638°W onto the Lower Panther Hollow Trail and then started the Steve Faloon Memorial Trail at 40.43445°N and -79.93628°W. This trail skirts along the East Circuit Road above all the other trails in the park. There are a couple of exits from this trail onto East Circuit Road. I followed on past the Westinghouse Shelter at 40.43816°N and -79.94435°W and exited on West Circuit Road at the marked trailhead at 40.43873°N and -79.94372°W. I took West Circuit Road to the Westinghouse Memorial at 40.43943°N and -79.94272°W and then crossed Schenley Drive at 40.44019°N and -79.94248°W. There is an entrance there just past Tech Street at Carnegie Mellon University to get to Flagstaff Hill. There are good views of the Oakland Area of Pittsburgh from this area. It’s very crowded with mostly university students on sunny days though.
I crossed Schenley Drive after exiting Flagstaff Hill and continued along Panther Hollow Road past the historic Panther Hollow Bridge at 40.43740°N and -79.94691°W. I followed this road right back to the main intersection at 40.43286°N and -79.93652°W with Greenfield Road, Panther Hollow Road, Bartlett Street and Hobart Street. From here it’s just to walk back to the starting point of the trek.
Happy Trails.
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Starting Point

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This waypoint sits at the starting point of this trek in Greenfield.
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Greenfield Bridge

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This waypoint sits at the Greenfield Bridge
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Bridle Trail

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This waypoint sits at the Bridle Trailhead.
Bridge

Bridge 1

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This waypoint sits at one of the many bridges that you'll find through the park
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Trail Connection

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This waypoint sits at the connection between the Panther Hollow Upper Trail and the Bridle Trail.
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Upper Trail

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This waypoint sits at the Panther Hollow Upper Trail.
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Trail Steps

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This waypoint sits at a flight of stairs that you can take from the Panther Hollow Upper Trail to get down to the Panther Hollow Lake and the Hollow Run Trail.
Waypoint

Upper-Lower Connection

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This waypoint sits at the connection between the Upper Panther Hollow Trail and the Lower Panther Hollow Trail.
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Bridge 2

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This waypoint sits at one of the many bridges that you'll find through the park. This one is a Tufa Bridge.
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Bridge 3

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This waypoint sits at one of the many bridges that you'll find through the park.
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Bridge 4

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This waypoint sits at one of the many bridges that you'll find through the park.
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Bridge 5

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This waypoint sits at one of the many bridges that you'll find through the park.
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Steps

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This waypoint sits at a flight of steps just behind and below the Schenley Park Visitor Center.
Bridge

Bridge 6

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This waypoint sits at one of the many bridges that you'll find through the park.
Lake

Panther Hollow Lake

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This waypoint sits at the far end of Panther Hollow Lake.
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Railroad tracks

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This waypoint sits at the railroad tracks just beyond Panther Hollow Lake toward the Junction Hollow Trail.
Waypoint

Three Rivers Heritage Trail

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This waypoint sits at the sign marking the Three Rivers Heritage Trail just at the end of the Schenley Soccer Field.
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Zig Zag Trailhead

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This waypoint sits at the trailhead for the Zig Zag Trail.
Waypoint

Zig Zag Trail Exit

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This waypoint sits at exit of the exciting Zig Zag Trail onto the Bridle Trail.
Park

Anderson Park

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This waypoint sits at Anderson Park
River

Hollow Run Trail

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This waypoint sits at the trailhead for the Hollow Run Trail.
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Faloon Trail Connection

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This waypoint sits at the connection between the Hollow Run Trail and the Steve Faloon Memorial Trail.
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West Circuit Road

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This waypoint sits at one of the entrances to the Steve Faloon Memorial Trail from West Circuit Road.
Picnic

Westinghouse Shelter

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This waypoint sits at the Westinghouse Shelter.
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Steve Faloon Trailhead

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This waypoint sits at the Steve Faloon Memorial Trail trailhead off West Circuit Road.
Monument

Memorial Grove Monument

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This waypoint sits at the Memorial Grove Monument just off West Circuit Road.
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Westinghouse Memorial

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This waypoint sits at the Westinghouse Memorial.
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Schenley Park Entrance

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This waypoint sits at the entrance to Flagstaff Hill & Schenley Park from Schenley Drive.
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Flagstaff Hill

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This waypoint sits at Flagstaff Hill.
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Panther Hollow Bridge

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This waypoint sits at the historic Panther Hollows Bridge.

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    Trini Hiker Mar 10, 2021

    I have followed this trail  View more

    I was lucky enough to have seen a couple of white tail deer along this trek. It is relatively easy to do but, depending on the time of day, some of the easier trails in the park can get crowded.

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