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New Meetup: Doggie Hike on the Montour Trail

From: Kerry K.
Sent on: Friday, November 13, 2009 1:23 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Pittsburgh Large/Giant Breed Dog Meetup Group!

What: Doggie Hike on the Montour Trail

When: November 15,[masked]:00 PM

Montour Trail -- Coraopolis Trailhead
Montour Road and Rt. 51
Coraopolis, PA 15108

Let's all get out of the house and get some exercise! This Sunday's weather is forecast to be 55 degrees, with a few puffy clouds in the sky.

Our dogs will have a terrific time walking with us on the Montour Trail. We'll explore many sections of this trail in the coming months. This time let's begin in Coraopolis, at the true head of the trail on Montour Road.

This parking area has trash receptacles and a porta-potty, along with ample parking for any number of dog-occupied vehicles. Additionally, there are three picnic tables situated under shelters. If you'd like to stick around following our hike for a cool drink and a snack, bring anything you (and your dog) want to eat and drink, and we'll snack and chat a bit. There are spots for securing our dogs -- bring a long-ish leash, if you plan to do this.

We will walk from the head of the trail, deciding as a group how long we'd like to be out, and we'll hike out and turn back to cover the same route back to our vehicles. Anyone who doesn't want to hike the entire distance the group decides on can stop anywhere along the trail and relax -- the group will be coming back past you, and you can then re-join us!

Bring water for yourself and your dog(s) and poop bags to clean up after your dog(s). You must keep your dog(s) leashed throughout the walk and in the parking lot. Dress for the weather and bring water to drink. The trail surface is fairly well-kept, but hiking boots or sturdy shoes are highly recommended.

Directions to the start of our hike:
The northernmost point on the Montour Trail is located in Moon Township near Groveton, just east of Coraopolis. From I-79 north, get off at exit 64(Rt 51/Coraopolis); at end of ramp, turn left (going towards Coraopolis). Travel about 0.7 miles, then make a very sharp right turn onto Montour Rd. Travel about 300 yds to trailhead parking underneath bridge. Additional parking is available at a second parking area another 300 yds away (up the trail). 30 combined parking spaces (15 at mile 0.0 parking area and 15 more at extended parking lot at mile 0.2) heavy use, gravel/dirt surfaces.

If you're traveling I-79 south, there is no Coraopolis exit, so you'll have to take the Neville Island exit. At the end of the offramp turn left, which will put you on Island Avenue headed west. Island Avenue takes you across a bridge into Coraopolis, where you will be forced to turn right. Take the next two lefts to Route 51 south. Travel 3/4 of a mile and turn left where you see a sign for the Montour Trail. The road turns under the bridge to the trailhead. Parking is available at the trailhead and at a second parking area another 300 yds away (up the trail). 30 combined parking spaces (15 at mile 0.0 parking area and 15 more at extended parking lot at mile 0.2) heavy use, gravel/dirt surfaces.

GPS(40?[masked] N, 80? 8.675 W)

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