Barb Peterson Memorial Orientation Hike 1/4

First of four orientation hikes covering the 2022 Challenge course, 10.3 miles, climbing 1550 ft, descending 1903 ft

COVID-19 Changes

To avoid stranger carpooling, the hike will meet at the start location at 9:00 AM. If you do not have a ride share, you can meet at the start and hike as far as you want then turn around and hike back to your car.

This hike begins at the Harmar Shelter in North Park, climbs up and over the park, down into Crouse Run valley and Hampton Nature Preserve, up to one of the highest points in Allegheny County, passes Hidden Pond, and finishes with some road-walking, ending in Emmerling Park.
  • You don't need to notify the hike leader that you plan to attend. Simply show up on time.
  • Please bring at least a quart of water (more if the temperature will be warm) and some energy snacks (e.g. Powerbar).
  • It's hunting season, so please wear safety orange on Saturday hikes.
  • We will meet at the hike end point and carpool to the start point, leaving a sufficient number of cars behind to carry people back to the start when the hike is over.
  • The minimum unaccompanied age is 12.
  • Plan for each hike to take 6 hours (up to 4 hours for the hike plus up to 2 hours for sign-in, announcements, car shuttling, and so forth).
  • The hike is free. A suggested donation of $3 per person may be given to the hike leader on the day of the hike.