Get Outdoors

A few of the seasoned hikers at BHCC thought there might be some members who aren’t aware of all the hiking trails around the area. They organize a trip to Local, Pittsburgh, County or State parks of about 2 hours or about 5-6 miles.

The goal is to try to have one trip a month. Details about each trip will published in the bulletins and newsletter. In general, we will meet at the church and car pool to the trail.

Please contact Glenn Child if you have questions.

List of Outings

NameDateDescription
Kane Woods Nature Area Trail8/10/2019 SLIDESHOW
On August 10th, 2019, a group of 8 members of Bower Hill Community Church hiked the Kane Woods Nature Area trails. This area is only a mile from the church. We started at the Jewish Community Center and headed down to Tom The Tinker Trail. At the Scrubgrass Trailhead, we took the Whiskey Point Trail to the Catfish Path. This is the most difficult and least developed section of the trails but afforded us a glimpse of Providence Point Town Houses. After doing some backtracking we took the Neville’s trail back to the cars. We covered about 3 miles in 1.5 hours.
McConnells Mill State Park07/13/2019 SLIDESHOW
On July 13th, a group of 5 members of Bower Hill Community Church hiked the Kildoo trail at McConnells Mill State Park. It doesn’t get much better than this: Old grist mill, covered bridge, beautiful weather, great trail along a whitewater stream, cold drinks and snack after the hike. We started at the mill, checked out the water flowing down the dam. Water level was around 3’ which is a high level for Slippery Rock creek in the summer. We walked past the covered bridge and hiked down the east side of the creek. To our left was the steep bank of the gorge and to our right was the fast moving white water of the creek. The scenery with the dense forest and huge boulders was spectacular. Lots of normally dry streams cascaded from the mountain side into the creek. We arrived at Eckert Bridge, crossed the creek and walked up the west bank. This side was a little more difficult with lots of small climbs and descents. Arriving back at the covered bridge we walked through it to get back to the Mill. Everyone check out the Mill which had the turbine running and checked out all the machinery inside. We watched the kayakers who were putting in at the Mill. After hiking back to the picnic area by the parking lot, we had cold drinks and snacks provided by Rick.
Riverview Park06/08/2019 SLIDESHOW
On June 8th, a group of 5 members of Bower Hill Community Church hiked the trails in Riverview Park. Weather was perfect. We started out at the Allegheny Observatory did about 5-6 miles of the trails that encircle the observatory.
Frick Park05/04/2019SLIDESHOW
On May 4, 2019, 6 members of Bower Hill hiked from the Frick Environmental Center down the Monongahela river.
Montour Trail (Steward to Triphammer)03/09/2019SLIDESHOW
On March 9th, 2019, a group of 8 members of Bower Hill Community Church hiked the Steward-Triphammer section of the Montour trail. The full sun made the trip very enjoyable.
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Boyce Mayview Park02/02/2019SLIDESHOW
On February 2nd 2019, a group of 3 members of Bower Hill Community Church braved the cold and hiked the Boyce Mayview Park trails. The temperature started in the mid teens rising to the upper teens at the end of the hike. The 2-3 inches of snow that fell on Friday actual helped, giving us better traction in some areas which were icy under the snow. We kept the hike to about 1 hour but we were treated to the excellent views of the many ravines in the park and of Chartiers Creek. Unfortunately, we did not get pictures that day but have posted pictures taken the week before at the park.
Schenley Park
01/05/2019SLIDESHOW
On January 5th, a group of 4 members of Bower Hill Community hiked the trails in Schenley Park.
Wingfield Pines Restoration Area
12/08/2018 SLIDESHOW
On December 8th, a group of 7 members of Bower Hill Community Church braved the cold and hiked the Wingfield Pines Restoration Area.
Southside Steps
11/10/2018SLIDESHOW
On November 10th, a group of 2 members of Bower Hill Community Church hiked the steps in the Southside.
Emerald Park
10/6/2018SLIDESHOW
On October 6th, a group of 7 members of Bower Hill Community Church hiked the Emerald View Trail.