|Unique Streets: 28
|Miles Walked: 4.65
Street Names (italicized names have been walked on another day): Greenleaf, Seward, Rutledge, Republic, Reese, Cielo, Fingal, Bradley, Lizardi, Horner, Grandview, Sweetbriar, Augusta, Orlena, Edith, Shaler, Crooked, Clarence, Well, Wilmar, Wyola, Lupton, Pyler, Plymouth, Meta, Oneida, Meridan, Alta, Athlone, Hallock, Octave, Virginia, Pitcher, W Sycamore, Sweetbriar Village, Halfway
Today I finished walking almost all of the streets in Duquesne Heights. There are still a few on the other side of Saw Mill Run Boulevard that are technically in this neighborhood but I will have to walk them another day.
Duquesne Heights is a neighborhood in Pittsburgh that overlooks the Golden Triangle. Most people (Pittsburghers included) assume that it is Mount Washington.
I started walking on Greenleaf and immediately climbed these stairs:
New construction was all around.
I walked around this huge tower to get to a trail I saw on the map.
The trail that cuts across the huge bluff under Grandview Avenue is called George and Guy Trail (Named after George Washington and the Seneca Chief Guyasuta.) I will definitely need to bring George back here.
According to the Hopkins Maps there used to be streets here.
The trail was very well maintained and peaceful. You could imagine George and Guy walking here together (minus the concrete pieces and graffiti that lined the trail in areas.)
It afforded views that can’t be seen anywhere else.
It also ran above an area that experienced a landslide in February 2018. One house was destroyed and the falling hill encroached on Greenleaf Street.
The views on the trail kept on coming.
I got to the top of the trail and onto Grandview Avenue.
Out of the woods, I was back in a residential area. I saw this sign and decided I need one with my name on it.
I ignored almost every ‘No Outlet’ sign that I saw and was rewarded with pedestrian trail access that allowed me to get to more streets than I could have if I’d stayed on the road. I found a series of trails that ran over the Fort Pitt Tunnel. As a kid staring out the car window I’d always wondered if you could walk on top of the tunnel (also who gets to look through the windows inside the tunnel front.) I did not see any Tunnel Monsters but peacefully found my way through the woods.
I noticed a few strange things like these rusty shears:
And these pants that came off with their owner’s socks still attached at the bottom:
I disturbed a dog on Plyer Way. You could tell that he rarely sees pedestrians on HIS street.
I also disturbed a squirrel when I yelled at him for pilfering a bird feeder.
I got another surprise city view between these horse swing-hung trees.
These aging row houses sat directly over the Fort Pitt Tunnel and I tried to find someone to ask if they ever hear the traffic below them late at night while lying in their beds. Probably a good thing I saw no one because that could be construed as a creepy question.
Walking closer to my car I saw a poor squirrel stuck in a trap on top of someone’s roof. Why would you catch a squirrel? The answers I came up with are not happy thoughts.
I went down a ‘No Outlet’ marked street and got irrationally angry at this sign:
How could a COP street be PRIVATE? I walked on it anyways.