Bypasses

We’ve been working to complete the Montour Trail since 1989, and every year, we get closer to the finish line. There are still three on-road sections in the southern portion of the trail that need to be completed.

If you’d like to help us achieve our final goal of an unbroken trail, here are some ways you can help.

The incomplete sections require on-road travel where you share the route with vehicles, along relatively flat rural streets. In most cases, there are temporary signs along the bypass sections and paper detour directions at the trailheads.

Library

Pleasant Street to Stewart Road (Trail Miles 35.7 to 36.8)

1.1-mile on-road bypass   

Mile 35.7 40°17.22′ N, 80°01.20.9′ W; Mile 36.8 40° 17.375′ N, 80° 00.513′ W

Eastbound: At Pleasant Street, turn south and travel 0.2 mile to Brownsville Road. Turn east then travel 0.9 mile to Stewart Road. Turn north for a short distance, cross the stone bridge and turn east immediately into the trailhead. There is a map board/box with paper detour maps at Pleasant Street, and there are black-and-white temporary direction signs to mark the turns onto Brownsville and Stewart Roads.

Westbound: At the Stewart Road trailhead and parking area, turn south onto Stewart Road, cross the stone bridge and go uphill a short distance to Brownsville Road. Turn west onto and travel 0.9 mile to Pleasant Street. Turn north and follow Pleasant for 0.2 mile, past High Street (on right) to the Trail, which is on the left. There is a map board/box with paper detour maps at the Stewart Road trailhead, and there are black-and-white temporary direction signs to mark the turns onto Brownsville and Stewart Roads.

South Park

Piney Fork Road to Snowden Road (Trail Miles 39.1 to 39.9)

0.8-mile on-road bypass

Mile 39.1  40° 16.391′ N, 79° 58.345′ W; Mile 39.9 40°16.232′ N, 79° 57.57′ W

Eastbound: About 0.75 mile east of the Triphammer trailhead, there is an asphalt-paved ramp with a sharp left turn that comes to a junction with Piney Fork Road (MP  39.1). There is a map board/box with paper detour maps for navigating the road. Turn east onto Piney Fork and travel 0.5 mile, where you will enter a narrow tunnel with a blind curve at the east end — be careful, since the road is one-lane here and cars are not expecting pedestrians or bikers! Continue approximately 0.2 mile to the intersection with Snowden Road. Cross the intersection and the Trail right-of-way is on on the right side of Piney Fork.

Westbound: At the intersection of Snowden and Piney Fork/Peters Creek roads, travel southwest on Piney Fork. Within 0.2 mile there is a narrow tunnel with a blind turn on the east end — be careful, since the road is one-lane here and cars are not expecting pedestrians or bikers! Continue approximately 0.59 mile, over Piney Fork Creek bridge, and turn left onto the Montour Trail ramp at MP 39.0. It is about 0.75 mile east of the Triphammer trailhead.

Gill Hall/Pleasant Hills/Large

Gill Hall Road to Large (Trail Miles 40.6 to 44.0)

3.4-mile on-road bypass

Mile 40.6 40° 16.484′ N, 79° 57.167′ W ; Mile 44.0 40° 17.574′ N, 79° 54.675′ W

In this section, the MTC does not yet own trail right-of-way.

Eastbound: From the intersection of Gill Hall and Peters Creek roads, continue east on Peters Creek for 2.5 miles to Cherry Street. Once Cherry becomes First Street, travel 0.1 mile, turn east onto Oak/Maple Road, and continue 0.5 mile (past the foundation of a demolished hotel on the curve) to the intersection of Old Clairton Road and Route 51 in Large. Carefully cross the highway at the traffic light, then walk your bike across the grassy strip on the east side, in front of the funeral home. Stay on the grassy strip because Route 51 is a four-lane heavily-trafficked road with no shoulders. Go past brick buildings and a sign marked “Jefferson Technology Center” and turn northeast onto Peters Creek Road. Follow this past the Park and Ride lot (under Route 43). The trail starts at the extreme back end of the lot near the “No Outlet” sign next to the creek.

Westbound: Traveling from Clairton, the Montour Trail ends at the Park and Ride lot under Route 43 in Large. Travel on Peters Creek Road through the lot 0.3 miles, then turn right into parking lot for Jefferson Technology Center adjacent to Route 51. Do not attempt to travel on Route 51 because it is a four-lane heavily-trafficked road with no shoulders. At the end of the parking lot, walk your bike on the grassy strip on the east side of the highway. Carefully cross Route 51 at the traffic light for Old Clairton Road. Once across, immediately turn west onto Oak Road. Go past the foundation of a demolished hotel and follow Oak (which becomes Maple) for a total of 0.5 mile. Turn south on First Street and go 0.1 mile; then turn southwest onto Peters Creek Road after a 90-degree bend. Travel 2.5 miles to Gill Hall Road, where there are Montour Trail signs posted along the road. The Trail continues straight ahead on its own right of way on the south side of Piney Fork Road.

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