Frick Park

Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania

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This loop hike through Frick Park involves a few hills, but it’s relatively easy overall. Some of the sights you’ll see are the tiny Hot Dog Dam, an even smaller pond, and, if you’re lucky, people lawn bowling at the only site in Pennsylvania where that game still goes on. You’ll pass a wetland as well. Expect to see lots of people, too. Many hikes take you through areas with few people. That’s not the case at Frick. Despite being the largest of Pittsburgh’s parks (600 acres), Frick is also often the busiest. Walk here at any time and you’ll find joggers, lawn bowlers, bicyclists, high school cross-country runners, skiers, and others. And that’s just in the daytime. Head for your vehicle at dusk, thinking the day is done, and you’ll often meet people who hike here at night, with headlamps for both themselves and their dogs. It’s a multicultural crowd, too; listen for a moment and you’ll hear a variety of languages being spoken.

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"This loop hike through Frick Park involves a few hills, but it’s relatively easy overall. Some of the sights you’ll see are the tiny Hot Dog Dam, an even smaller pond, and, if you’re lucky, people lawn bowling at the only site in Pennsylvania where that game still goes on. You’ll pass a wetland as well. Expect to see lots of people, too.

Many hikes take you through areas with few people. That’s not the case at Frick. Despite being the largest of Pittsburgh’s parks (600 acres), Frick is also often the busiest. Walk here at any time and you’ll find joggers, lawn bowlers, bicyclists, high school cross-country runners, skiers, and others. And that’s just in the daytime. Head for your vehicle at dusk, thinking the day is done, and you’ll often meet people who hike here at night, with headlamps for both themselves and their dogs. It’s a multicultural crowd, too; listen for a moment and you’ll hear a variety of languages being spoken."

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Wilkinsburg
Distance: 5.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours
Season: All year
Local Maps: USGS Pittsburgh East
Driving Directions: Directions to Frick Park

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May 2018