We are heading out from the Marriott Courtyard in Homestead near the Waterfront Mall. We turn Left onto West Waterfront Drive and go a very short distance to the first restaurant where the Steel Valley Trail can be accessed through the parking lot. We then turn Right onto the Steel Valley Trail and follow the trail to McKeesport. There is a RR crossing as we enter the town. Follow the signs - Turn Right at Locust St. in McKeesport. Turn Right at Lysle Blvd. (Google Map up to this point). read more Mouse over Markers for the details.
Turn Left at State Route 148/Walnut St Continue to follow Walnut St. Turn Right at 15th St Bridge and cross the river. Turn Left at River Drive. Turn Right to stay on River Dr. Continue onto River Ridge Rd. Turn Right (it’s easy to miss so look for the trail) at Great Allegheny Passage Trail (North) and follow the trail to the Boston Trail Head where there are bathrooms and the first rest stop.
About 25 miles into the trip, we hit the town of West Newton. There is a bike shop there (Korbers), for any unexpected mechanical issues.
Lunch will be provided alongside the trail at the Connelsville Park (odometer: about 50). After lunch, continue you on the trail. You will go under a big bridge and you ride through town a bit. You’ll hit one traffic light (you keep straight), but there is a bike shop on the corner right there, should you need anything. Then it’s follow the trail 17 more miles to Ohiopyle (note the uphill grade increases during those last 10 miles).
You arrive in Ohiopyle after crossing over a river and you arrive at what once was a train station. One of the SAG volunteers will be at the station to check you in and point you in the direction of your assigned room. A group dinner will be held at the Falls City Pub (included in your registration fee).
If you are staying in Confluence, just stay on the trail for about 11 more miles until you get to a footbridge that goes over the river. Take that bridge to Confluence. Get your room assignment and pick up your bag. A group dinner will be held in the community center (included in your registration fee).
START: Marriott Courtyard
|Start from the hotel and go LEFT onto Waterford Drive|
|Turn LEFT into the restaurant parking lot|
|Turn RIGHT onto the Steel Valley Trail|
|Go over the river into McKeesport.|
|Turn RIGHT at Locust St.,|
|RIGHT again at Lysle Blvd.|
|LEFT onto Walnut Street (if you go over a bridge, you’ve gone too far)|
|RIGHT on 15th St Bridge,|
|LEFT on River Road, follow sign to trail. Keep river on left.|
|Trail goes all the way to Ohiopyle|
|In Ohiopyle, exit at “Train Station”|
Continue to Confluence:
|Continue on the trail for 11 miles|
|Look for the footbridge on the left in Confluence|
|Go over the bridge to Confluence|