First Look at the Trail

How I became acquainted with the Rachel Carson Trail - by Don Erdeljac

Early summer of 1997 found me participating in my first Pittsburgh Marathon. While still recovering from the event (after running 26.2 miles, something is going to hurt), a friend with People Who Run Downtown told me about the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge: "34 miles cross-country, hard to follow, use a map, cross creeks and marshy areas, thorns, weeds - you will love it!" After speaking with Leo Stember, I hiked my first section of the trail, beginning someplace out in Hampton and hiking back to North Park. My first reaction was: "This is a great resource, so close and easy to access". I completed the Challenge that year and three more to follow. Then I went on to Field Manage the Challenge in 2002 and 2003. There is nothing like the thrill of accomplishment!

Here are some pictures for your enjoyment.

Here is some information about doing the Challenge

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