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North Park Multi-Trail Circuit (Orange - Green - Red/Blue Blazes)


A sweeping loop with rolling technical terrain running around North Park Lake.

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1,246' 380 m


946' 288 m


1,844' 562 m


1,870' 570 m



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Max Grade (12°)

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Features Lake · River/Creek · Wildlife


This route takes you along a constant barrage of ups and downs, requiring a good deal of mental fortitude. With multiple road crossings, it is easy to will yourself off the trail heading directly for the car.

However, this loop offers a lot for the Pittsburgh runner as there are not a ton of options within 15 miles for lengthy singletrack, technical terrain, and a feeling of being removed from the city. Other trails require multiple laps to reach longer mileage, but this loop is a lengthy run on a single loop, no doubling back, no overlap.

Need to Know

Share the trail. Be aware of mountain bikers


If you think North Park Multi-Trail Circuit (Orange - Green - Red Blazes) trail could use a bit more umpff, then try this edition by replacing the red blaze with the slightly longer red/blue blaze trail. This will add 3 miles and more vertical gain/loss.

This trail takes advantage of several different trails: Orange, Green, and Red/Blue Blaze, but also the lesser identified mountain bike trails. So be aware of your surroundings, keeping an eye out for trail blazing. It's best to brush up at the North Park map website before hitting the trail, or use the Trail Run Project mobile app. I'd also recommend bringing a map in case you decide to jump off trail.

Starting from the parking lot next to the ball field, enter the trail at the Rachel Carson Trailhead heading towards the lake. Looking for a spur on the left that jumps off the trail only 100 feet from the parking lot, you'll take that spur and begin the Kotobuki Trail Connector which crosses Babcock Blvd leading you onto the Kotobuki Trail (Purple/Black Dot Blaze). This first section has a large downhill and, like all trails in North Park, is between rough and smooth, with sections of rock, roots, and mud.

Following the Kotobuki sections, you'll enter the Orange/Green blaze trail connecting to the larger Golf Course Trail (Orange Blaze). Near the chapel you can either continue on or jump onto the Parish Hill Loop (Green Blaze), as is depicted in this trail guide, before looping back to the chapel and finishing the orange blaze trail. Lastly, before entering the Red/Blue Blaze, you'll pass through the northern section of North Park which features many unblazed trails. These range from hilly to flat, muddy to dry, and woods to open fields. It's a fun area back in there, but I recommend keeping your orientation to the lake.

The second to last section along the Red/Blue Blaze is rough mentally. You'll weave in and out doubling back on yourself, and what is normally a 2 mile distance from one end of the lake to the other becomes a 6 mile distance. This area runs along steep hillsides, so traction is important.

Lastly, cross over Babcock Blvd once again and up Rachel Carson Trail back to the parking lot.



Land Manager: Allegheny County, PA

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Kevin Ketchman

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Sweeping bend along the hill side
Apr 27, 2015 near Gibsonia, PA
A section of the nature trails, which boast unmarked miles of trail.
Apr 27, 2015 near Gibsonia, PA
Some baby deer and their mother along the trail.
Jul 5, 2015 near Gibsonia, PA
Wildflowers in bloom
May 23, 2016 near Bradfor…, PA
An example of common Red/Blue Blaze Trail terrain.
Apr 2, 2015 near Gibsonia, PA
Trail blazing for the Koto Buki Trail
Apr 27, 2015 near Frankli…, PA



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Apr 12, 2019
Luke Fowler
Mental fortitude is recommended but perhaps not essential 16mi — 2h 33m
Jun 10, 2017
Chase Midler
May 15, 2016
Kevin Ketchman
Despite the rain, trails are in great condition. 13mi
Jul 3, 2015
Kevin Ketchman
Jun 6, 2015
Kevin Ketchman
trail is in great shape, plenty of greenery, field sections were hot, and wooded sections were soft. 12.5mi
Apr 26, 2015
Kevin Ketchman
Wildflowers starting to bloom 13.5mi