Frick Park

An incredible trail system in the heart of Pittsburgh!

Mountain Biking Moderate

Distance
16 km
Ascent
426 m
Descent
426 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
228 m
High Point
350 m
Gradient
Frick Park Map

The sheer fact that a park this gorgeous with mountain bike trails this good can be found in the heart of Pittsburgh boggles the mind! Just a few miles from the towering skyscrapers in downtown and the rusting industrial complex along the river, you'll find this gem of a park tucked into one of the city's neighborhoods. With a river running through the bottom of the park and a substantial hill rising above it, Frick Park has all the makings of a rad little mountain bike trail system.

Description

And it delivers! This park is packed with trails, both singletrack and wide doubletrack gravel paths. Stitching the trails together into the best combination can take a bit of practice, but you can cheat by following the route mapped here. Even this recommended route may seem convoluted when you first look at the map, but once you actually go ride these trails, the logic quickly becomes evident.

The vast majority of the singletrack trails at Frick Park are smooth, flowy XC trails that wind around the hillsides, ducking in and out of the hollows in the woods. Occasionally the smooth dirt is punctuated by a wooden bridge, skinny, root web, or rock garden, but the technical challenges are relatively few and far between.

While most of the trails twist around the hillsides, there's one key exception to this rule: the Iron Gate flow trail, which runs from the highest point in the park to the lowest. This true gravity-style flow trail does incorporate a few natural features into the trail tread, but the perfectly-sculpted berms and delightful air opportunities all lead to a rip-roaring downhill flow ride, right in the center of Pittsburgh! While perhaps not the single best mountain bike ride in Western PA, you could make a solid case for Iron Gate as the best one-mile stretch of mountain bike trail in the greater Pittsburgh area. Iron Gate is an absolute gem of a rip and is definitely worth pedaling back up the hill multiple times so you can learn all the features by heart.

Whether you stick to the flowy cross country trails at Frick, dive into the downhill flow trail, or simply choose to ride it all, this urban trail system sets a benchmark that most other cities will never be able to meet!

Difficulty

Moderate

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Flow
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Drops
  • Jumps
  • Roots
  • Tabletops
  • Rock Gardens

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