I traveled over to Pennsylvania to scope out parts of the Montour Trail. Soon I am going to ride the “Steel City Loop” as I call it. I was curious to find the trail, and see about a tricky section over the Ohio River.
Quick Silver Parking
It was a loose plan. Park at Quick Silver, bike to mile zero, then see about the road section which would lead me over the Ohio River. The preferred route, over Neville Island, was closed due to bridge work.
I was a bit surprised to see the Montour Trail was crushed limestone. For some reason, I thought it would be paved. The trail was in very good shape despite the heavy thunderstorms that hit the night before.
Overcast days don’t make the greatest pictures but it keeps the bikers happy!
A tunnel! I didn’t know about! It’s called the Enlow Tunnel, short and very well lit.
The traffic noises increase and sure enough I’m biking by the Mall. No time to go shopping, there is mile zero to find.
This is Montour Run, which parallels the trail.
Short Attempt at the Connector
The recommended ACA crossing I loaded onto my phone with Ride with GPS. I turned onto Hassam Road from the Montour Trail-and immediately started a climb up a steep hill-there was a U-Turn switchback for pete’s sake. There was no berm. I made it maybe a 1/2 mile up before I hopped off and started pushing the bike-that was safer than me wobbling along in my granny gear.
A glance up the hill. It still went UP! I gave up. It was going to be about 7 miles to the McKees Bridge, then I would have to turn around, and still have the bike back to my vehicle. Another day. At least I now know there are hills standing in my way!
Now Heading South
Back to my vehicle, and decided to bike a bit farther south to the McDonald Trestle Bridge,
I bike by the Panhandle Connector, it links up to the Panhandle Trail in one mile. I biked the Panhandle Trail in April. It’s 29 miles long and ends in Weirton, West Virginia.
Almost a 1000 feet long, the McDonald Viaduct is the longest bridge on the Montour Trail.
I biked about 38 miles on the west side of the Montour Trail. I’m still debating about how to go about my “Steel City Loop” with the detour over the Ohio River. I will figure this out!