​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter

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Please read a great article in Post Gazette,  under the Ghose Town Trail section, featuring an interview with Bill Hurrianko, President, WYTC.

Donations are always welcome.  The WYTC can continue its great job of trail maintenance and improvement only with member support.  Although cash donations are preferred, if you have some specialized piece of equipment that you no longer use or need, please contact the WYTC prior to discarding it. Donation of services is also welcome.  If you have skills or abilities in welding, fabrication, woodworking, carpentry, mechanical maintenance, etc. and are willing to help with special problems let the WYTC know so that we can contact you to seek your help.    

Email us here.  Or call, 724-872-5586. Or to make a cash donation, visit our home page (Donate button on bottom)

Thank you for supporting your Trail!

Congratulations to Patricia Ferree of Sutersville who won the 2017 Bike Raffle, a Raleigh Cadent 3 bike fully loaded! 

 How to donate needed Items for WYTC Trail Maintenance​

2017-08-17  Harry Morrison, Aidan Campbell and Donna Morrison with West Newton Bridge in background. Harry and Donna are life members of the WYTC.

Peter from Stuttgart, Germany, who rode the GAP in 7 days. He biked 42 total days in the USA.


Andres Fluxa (L) from Argentina and Clemence Egnell (R) from France biking the GAP stop at West Newton on a beautiful day. They met in Columbia!  He’s been traveling for about 5 years now and taking pictures along the way. Pictures by Becky Nichols.

Today on the trail we met this group of riders from The Fuller Center for Housing. They ride bikes and change lives by building and repairing houses for the needy along the way.  You always meet the nicest people along the trail. Pic by Diana Shoff.

Progress on the Mon Wharf Switchback! Friends of the Riverfront Great Allegheny Passage Riverlife. 

This is Pierce Collins from Pittsburgh. Pierce is 13 years old and he is riding from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. to raise money for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He came up with the idea of all own his own. What an amazing young man.

Riverlife is very pleased to announce that as of February 1, the City of Pittsburgh awarded the bid for construction of the Mon Wharf switchback, a bicycle and pedestrian ramp that will connect the Smithfield Street Bridge to the Mon Wharf Landing. Riverlife has served in a leadership role in planning and fundraising for the project.

Plans for spring construction mobilization are underway. The next step is to determine a date for the contractor’s notice to proceed and groundbreaking.

We look forward to announcing the groundbreaking date publicly in the near future and celebrating the start of this long-anticipated project!

Read more HERE.  Thanks Bob Hand for sharing.

2017-09, The Over the Hill Gang at Cedar Creek Park; pictures by Bonnie Lockschmidt

2017-10-18 - 120 yards of concrete for Cedar Creek Bridge abutment stabilization – a collaborative effort paid by the Regional Trail Corporation, Westmoreland Conservation District and Westmoreland County Parks and Rec. Picture by Bonnie Lochschmidt. 

2017-09-28 Great Allegheny Passage - Path To Opportunity.  Tribune Review, Ted Kopas.

Click HERE to read this article. The beginning quote says it all:

If, as Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Life is a journey, not a destination,” we have a glorious path right in our backyard." 

Pics from Mimi Thomas-Brooker, 

Greensburg, Father's Day at the Trail.

​One Happy Rider and Camper!  "Just Finished the GAP"

 Recently Brian Darkes, from Saint Cloud, FL. commented via email to the WYTC:  " I just finished the ride from Cumberland to  Pittsburgh. I just wanted to extend my thanks and compliments for a well maintained trail. I camped at Dravo and thought it  was great. Well done to all who care for the trail and camping areas. "  

The WYTC appreciates his comments!

Meet our Over The Hill Gang, a group of dedicated men who work tirelessly and weekly to maintain the trail.  They are preparing for trail resurfacing which will occur soon, covering approximately 11 miles of the GAP from Allegheny County line to River Road in Whitsett, which is about a mile into Fayette County.  The expectation is that the resurfacing will be done in late October or early November. The Over the Hill Gang has been clipping, clearing and chipping overhead tree branches to allow for the large trucks that will be delivering the crushed limestone to be able to lift their truck beds without hitting tree limbs. 

We will keep you posted! 

2017-08-17 Aidan Campbell, from Ft. Drum, NY (age almost 10) and his Grandpa Harry Morrison sitting on boulder with the Original Over The Hill Gang plaque, honoring those who helped to maintain and improve the 10.5 miles of the GAP maintained now by the WYTC. Harry and Donna Morrison were part of the original team. Aidan had just completed riding 6 miles on the GAP! Pic by Donna Morrison.

2013-11-13 Eidemiller Construction crew laying down a new surface on the GAP near milepost 114. Trail users should be cautious over the next several days between Mileposts 103 and 125 where the new surface will be applied. The on-the-move operation will be covering 2 to 3 miles per day. Work started today at MP 115 and will proceed south to MP 103. Trail users will have to walk around the active work area. Pic by Bob Hand.

Cutting and chipping using the chipper.