17.3 miles
Distance
1,963 ft
Climb
-1,978 ft
Descent
1,145 ft
High Point

Note that some of the trails on this route are unsanctioned, not in Frick Park, and can be dangerous, with limited access by EMS.

This route covers most of the trails in Frick Park in the best direction to ride them.

Detailed Description
Most Of Frick is a 17 mile popular expert route located near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 17 trails. This route climbs 1,963 ft with a max elevation of 1,145 ft then descends -1,978 ft.
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44 Reviews & Comments

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yoimaninja (Aug 3, 2022 at 6:06)
Trail Iron Gate
Look I'm all for shared trails, but really wish we could just make this one trail a dedicated bike/dh only trail at this point. Yes riders should check their speeds and be aware of their surroundings, but who are we kidding this is a biking trail. Its not a good hiking trail. I mean you have large man-made berms, drops, and some jumps down the whole thing. That should be a sign to hikers. There are plenty of other better trails to hike. Stop getting mad at me when I ride down this. It'd be safer for everyone.
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MichaelZX5LEv (Jun 20, 2022 at 15:53)
This trail is a lot of fun and not as hard as some of these comments made it seem. I would definitely be able to ride all of frick confidently and fast before touching this. Take it slow your first time but be warned, you will do an immense amount of pedaling. After that first time, just send it. The faster you go, the easier and more fun the trail ends up being. Hug the hillsides if your unsure about a corner and you’ll be fine.
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llamageddon (Mar 31, 2022 at 13:41)
This is not a black diamond. It’s more likely a tough blue.
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Maroney717 (Feb 26, 2022 at 22:33)
Get ahhht and ride it. Most difficult thing about this trail is thf endurance it takes to get through it.
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jxs100 (Aug 14, 2021 at 21:56)
It's a challenging trail, but let's not get out of hand. It's a strong intermediate ride and most features have bypasses. This is not a trail for beginners, but it's not Moab. If you are out of shape them you will be miserable. If you have some lungs and legs and some above average skills you will grin the entire time. Easily the best trail in the Pittsburgh area.
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brandonschuh (May 3, 2021 at 15:25)
Trail 276
Fun trail, definitely a blue. There’s no hard features that require a rider to commit to.
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MichaelZX5LEv (May 2, 2021 at 19:22)
Trail Iron Gate
This may be my new favorite trail! You can go very fast and the flow is perfect. Take it easy your first time going down so you can get a feel for it first. All the jumps and drops are very doable for an intermediate rider. If you’re a beginner, i would master 276 and a few other blue trails before giving this a go.
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MichaelZX5LEv (May 2, 2021 at 19:12)
Trail 276
Fun trail! I wouldn’t consider this a black. There is some features but everything is pretty tame. It would be a good trail to help build confidence with small jumps and small drops.
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RichOxley (Oct 22, 2020 at 14:43)
Rode trail both ways. Enjoyed each way. Some nice features like a gap jump going south on top trail. Nothing really challenging but the flow is great
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zachs3106 (Oct 22, 2020 at 7:40)
I'm somewhat new to mountain biking, I've been riding for 5 6 months, i am able to do pretty much single track trails in frick park easily. I've rode the end part of crater trail, but I am still hesitant to do the full trail. How difficult is the whole trail
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derskut (Sep 14, 2020 at 9:24)
Some Jagoff turned the perfect skinny at the bottom of humpular into a 2 foot wide ... monstrosity. This is vandalism. That skinny was not dangerous and had a perfectly safe/wide/dry ride around. If I had a cordless circular saw I'd trim it back. How will you get better if you "improve" every feature you can't ride?
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justmtnb44 TrailPGH (Sep 16, 2020 at 12:32)
The change was made by the same people who built the entire trail. From one of the builders: "This feature is now ridden at trail speed. Pedal downhill into it rather than braking. It'll send you into the next section of dips at warp stupid. Ridden like this, it is not safer or less challenging than before."
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derskut (Sep 16, 2020 at 15:38)
"Warp stupid" is a good description of the change. I've had a half dozen ppl independently ask "WTF is up with that bridge on humpular." IMO destroying the only decently long skinny in the park bc the ride around was too slow was pretty selfish ... but I bet the STRAVA times are sick, bro.
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yoimaninja (Sep 17, 2020 at 9:09)
ya I gotta agree. Ruining more technical/challenging features just so you can speed through a section is pretty lame imo. That said cant be too mad, I'll always appreciate the time and effort people put into maintaining the trails.
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elnickic (Mar 23, 2021 at 21:24)
The original skinny was meant to be ridden in the opposite direction when the trail was an out-and-back and the are in question was the turn-around. The trail builders decided to update an out-of-date feature that considerably disrupted the flow of the trail. Build your own skinny trail (somewhere else) and show everybody how correct you are.
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Tomkwhitney (Aug 17, 2020 at 12:07)
Really fun and flowey trail to practice pumping on with all the evevation dips. It has some really chunky sections where it appears building material like concrete was dumped similar to hobo camp. It's incredibly narrow in some spots so hugging the hill side is really important. It's really cool to see the typical western PA rock formations with a view of the river and city. The trail has some jumps, berms, and a skinny!
Run slightly higher tire pressure to avoid pinch flats on the chunky and point rocks if you run tubes.
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Bree33 (Aug 12, 2020 at 16:54)
The comments on this trail are a bit crazy. Yes it is technical but it's not that insane. There are options to bail - you could just turn around and hike back out if you're near the start (keep an eye out for riders coming down). If you're closer to the far point, break out your phone and look at a map - You can bail out to the baseball field in swissvale and get back to frick on the road. You can just take the trail slow at your own pace and walk some features if you don't feel comfortable riding. It's all ok. There are far more technical trails out there. This is a personal favorite though.
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mkotowski1 (Aug 12, 2020 at 4:04)
Can’t be that hard
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Nikou (Nov 11, 2020 at 17:35)
What do you mean?
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zacklawton (Aug 7, 2020 at 12:19)
Trail 276
Flowy with some short, punchy climbs throughout. Proceed with caution on any wooden features!
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zacklawton (Aug 7, 2020 at 12:16)
Line choice is key to getting through this smoothly. Fun rock jump in the middle if you keep your speed up!
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Nikou (Aug 5, 2020 at 14:21)
Honestly, this trail is a blast for most riders. Right now the trail is more of a single black with double black features. MAKE SURE You bring a water bottle or water pack, you do not want to forget these things like me or else you will be in for a long, thirsty ride. Even though I am a 14 year old without a water bottle or a full suspension bike, this trail is still awesome. The two features most newish or new intermediate riders should avoid are the gap jumps. The drops are no problem but the stream gap and the step down gap jump could wreck your ride if you don’t land them. Have fun everyone and only do the features your comfortable on.
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Cannondale29 (Jun 28, 2020 at 18:06)
Trail Iron Gate
A downhill trail in the middle of the city with both tech and flow. Avoid until you can clear all the blue trails in the area, as people like to go fast down this one.
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Cannondale29 (Jun 27, 2020 at 11:35)
A basic guide to the trail:

Ask a local to show you to the top. The route there can be quite challenging to follow on your first run.

You have 2 choices dropping in, a 10 foot vertical rock roll or a rather easy side route. Avoid the rock roll on your first run. Follow the trail for half a mile down a series of steep chutes and drops. There are bypasses around all of the drops, but some of the steep sections are unavoidable.

You'll come to a roller coaster section covered in log overs. Even experienced riders struggle here, so walk it if you are uncomfortable. From there, you have the only bail-out on the entire trail. It's a steep fall line route, but easier than the rest of the trail. With the bail out, this is a 10 minute trail. Without, this is a 30+ minute trail. If you stay on, expect the next mile to be full of narrow passes along sheer cliffs, gap jumps that come up on you out of nowhere, and sections that are impossible to stop on. After the roughest mile is done, you'll enter a brief section of switchbacks that descend about 100 feet before turning back around. There's another mile of cliff riding ahead, but it's slightly less nerve racking than before. The final half mile is a series of berms, rock gardens, and root gardens. It's wide open, and can be ridden at high speeds easily. Beware the chute back to the gravel road, it's about 30 feet down and very steep. If you've read this and you're an advanced rider, give it a try.
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Cannondale29 (Jun 27, 2020 at 11:03)
A lot of rebuilding has been done to keep the trail interesting. The trail is now entirely "rollable" meaning that there are no jumps that have to be cleared, you can ride around them. Summer has made the trail incredibly narrow, so if riding a 3 mile long skinny on a cliff sounds scary to you, stay away.

A rider recently was killed in an accident on the slags, a region which this trail is a part of. It took several hours to get him out. IF YOU CRASH HERE, YOU CANNOT BE RESCUED. Ride in a group if you think you're skilled enough. If you choose to ride alone, let someone else know that you're attempting the trail before heading out. Pack extra water and food in case of an emergency.

The trail is in hot water with the park as is. Please avoid crashes out there, since one more injury could be the last straw for closing the trail.
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yinzerbiker (Jun 25, 2020 at 19:09)
Trail Iron Gate
Possibly the best decent in Greater Pittsburgh area. Beware of uphill hikers, and check your speed.
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yinzerbiker (Jun 25, 2020 at 19:07)
I would consider myself an above average intermediate rider. I had no issues with this trail. I hit all the drops and jumps with the exception of one gap. You can bike around the features if you choose, but that defeats the purpose. I would say most intermediate riders with reasonable fitness can do this trail. This would be a difficult trail to be rescued from, so take a look at features before hitting them blind, or play it safe.
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Cannondale29 (Jun 9, 2020 at 20:20)
Trail Gadaffi Rim
Frick park's sketchiest pump track. Expect to bail and slide down the slag on your first attempt.
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pghgrad (May 30, 2020 at 10:22)
Trail Beyond Trail
Beautiful views!
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jxs100 (May 27, 2020 at 21:26)
It's probably the best trail in the Pittsburgh area. Basically a narrow pump track with jumps, drops, roots, and exposure. Essentially a narrow single-track carved out of the Monongahela river bamk. I don't know if I would give it a double black diamond rating (which is subjective based on other area trails), but you had better be a strong intermediate rider before attempting this one!
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Humpular (May 11, 2020 at 16:43)
Trail Gadaffi Rim
Gaddafi Rim trail is only a few hundred feet long but it's a very unique trail built in the Nine Mile Run Slag dump. Slag is a waste product from the steelmaking area and is a sharp-jagged stone similar to pumice. There's a giant pile of slag that has been leveled into a giant plateau and Gaddafi Rim trail navigates along the edge of the plateau. The trail is exposed on the one side with a steep slope that drops down to a lower plateau. The trail consists of a series of pump track style bumps that are adorned with partially exposed slag rocks.
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Peter04 (May 2, 2020 at 8:47)
The White Line of Pittsburgh. Once you start, you're fully committed for the 3 mile journey. There is one option to bail out near the roller coaster, but it's steep and just as difficult as the rest of the trail, and only shaves a mile off of the ride if you take it. Don't ride this trail unless you are confident on everything else in Frick Park. The narrow cut of the trail makes it impossible to stop in some places, which is why people pile up in the wider spots to stop for water. Some features like the step up and skinnies can be avoided, but others like the narrow bridges towards the end along the rock face have to be ridden. About 0.5 miles from the end, the trail widens but enters some extremely steep and technical root gardens. Bikes with a lower BB height can get stuck there and cause bad accidents.

Overall, this is a double black diamond trail in my opinion. While the features aren't that difficult, the consequence is high if you mess up. A crash on Crater Trail can mean falling 10+ feet into the brush lower on the hillside at best, and falling much further if nothing is there to stop you at worst. Landslides are rare, but they have happened here. Best not to during or on the day after a rainstorm.
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Nhelste5 (Apr 25, 2020 at 8:59)
Great singletrack for those looking for a longer ride, especially compared to other trails in Frick Park. You're riding on a thin trail with a steep drop on one side, so it can get pretty precarious at times. In terms of trail features, it has just about everything one could ask for, from jumps and drops to fast and flowy sections. Also, I noticed that even when the main part of Frick is packed with people, this trail stays pretty empty so it's a good run for days like that. Overall a great technical XC trail that can challenge just about anyone.
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pghgrad (Apr 21, 2020 at 10:58)
Trail Gadaffi Rim
Pretty sketchy trial on a mix of hard and gravel-like rock.
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pghgrad (Apr 21, 2020 at 10:49)
Not very easy to ride though, have to climb over a bunch of rubble.
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pghgrad (Apr 15, 2020 at 11:43)
Trail Trough Trail
Surprisingly one of my favorite trails in the park. It's not as dramatic or steep like Iron Gate since it hugs the hill more closely, but has nice views, flows quite well, and traverses a large swath of the park over varied terrain.
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pghgrad (Apr 10, 2020 at 12:32)
I'm a little intimidated to ride this as an intermediate rider. I've done most of the trails in Frick Park like Iron Gate, Horse Trough, and Rollercoaster but I struggled with the technical features and drop on 276. It sounds like this trail is pretty sketchy and others suggest that you can't even turn around. Do you think I'm going to be over my head with this one? Thanks for the advice.
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pghgrad (Apr 21, 2020 at 11:02)
Well, I just rode it for the first time. It was way more difficult than Iron Gate and 276. The extreme narrowness of the trail was the hardest, followed by steepness and narrowness of many turns. It is absolutely true that it's possible to turn around, let alone put your foot down, on some sections of the trail. I will probably work on the other trails for a little more before coming back.
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pghgrad (Mar 26, 2020 at 15:23)
Trail Iron Gate
Favorite trail in the area. Great flow, huge descent, very scenic and easy to connect to other trails.
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totalchaos80 (Aug 6, 2019 at 19:34)
Kudos to the trail builders. This is a 3 mile long masterpiece. Thoroughly impressed with all this trail has to offer.
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Dancecomp28 (Jul 26, 2019 at 18:50)
This is the premier trail in Frick Park, it's a 3 mile long bench-cut heaven piece of single track. If you're looking for a real challenge that'll continue to challenge you year after year, THIS IS YOUR TRAIL. This trail has everything that a person could ever want in a trail, there is berms, doubles, gaps, drops, jumps, skinnies, log-overs, roller coasters, flow, tech, steep descents, and challenging climbs. This trail is a commitment and it's adventure, not a short detour. Your body and brain will be thoroughly tested, in the best possible way.

THIS IS NOT A TRAIL FOR BEGINNERS or new intermediate riders. This is a serious Double Black Diamond challenge. There's only 1 bailout on the whole trail, after you pass that point you're committed to the end, the trail is never wide enough to turn around and it's harder to walk the trail then it is to ride.

If you do accept the Crater Challenge, then you're in for one wonderful experience. You'd never know you're in the city of Pittsburgh because it'll feel like you're in the Netherworld. Happy Trails!!
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totalchaos80 (Jul 1, 2019 at 19:20)
Trail 276
This trail is Fun! Some nice tech features built into it.
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Bdills (Jun 10, 2019 at 6:39)
Narrow singletrack deep in the thick woods. Almost feels otherworldly out there. It's a long endeavor, not for beginners. The majority of the trail has a steep ledge to one side, little sketchy feeling. A lot of up and down grades.
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dlutz (Jul 23, 2018 at 18:22)
Trail Iron Gate
A 420ft descent with big berms, drops , and rollers. Doesn’t get much better
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