Old Squaw Trail
ElevationAscent: 456' 139 m
Descent: -132' -40 m
High: 1,169' 356 m
Low: 843' 257 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“A singletrack trail running through Pittsburgh's Squaw Valley.”— Kevin Ketchman
Starting from the south terminus, the trail weaves through a small wooded area with the road to the left and Squaw Run to the right. In less than a half mile, the trail peeks out of the woods at a small cinder pull off before taking a hard right and crossing Squaw Run via large stepping stones. From here, runners will make a short steep climb up the hillside and run a section of trail at the foot of Shady Side Academy. There are numerous trails in this section crisscrossing the main trail. The best advice is to stay to the left. You're on the correct path if you are running just above the roadway. You may also want to looks at the Trail Run Project mobile app if you want to be absolutely sure.
You'll exit the woods and run through a parking lot leading to a dog park with a wooden gate. Dogs are off leash, and runners should take caution when opening the gate to enter and exit. There are several paths you can take, all of which lead to the back of the park. Shortly after all the paths converge, you'll see a trail marker (concrete or wooden posts with a green circle and white arrow pointing the direction) directing you up a steep climb. While traveling south to north, the trail is always heading uphill; this is by far the biggest climb and toughest section. There is an equally long descent on the other end.
When you exit the woods again, you'll see a small concrete block shed and another trail sign (this time brown with yellow print). You'll cross over Squaw Run once again, using large stepping stones. Then runners will cross the roadway and begin the last section of trail, most of which is doubletrack.
This last section starts out slow, but less than mid-way through the climb begins to Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve. Fortunately, the ascent is at a low grade.
Runners can extend their run by entering Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, which has glut of singletrack trails.
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