Unique Streets: 25
Miles Walked: 6.15
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day): Howard Street, Rising Main Avenue, Toboggan Street, Pynchon Street, Peekskill Street, Suffolk Street, East Street, Hazlett Street, Vantassel Street, Boyer Street, Mt. Pleasant Road, Chicago Street, Lucy Street, Beech Street, Spring Garden Avenue, Lindell Street, Reppel Way, Lopella Street, Schurz Street, Schubert Street, Odanah Street, Harbor Street, Romanhoff Street, Hespen Street, South Side Avenue, East Lane, Fabyan Street, Shirls Street, Shreve Street, Marathon Street, Hobbs Street, Entrance Street, Landgraf Avenue, Winner Way, Luella Street, Mina Street, Bessie Avenue, Heim Street, Shank Street, Nettie Street, Royal Street, Gerst Way
This walk was inspired by a post on Facebook about one of the longest set of steps in Pittsburgh: The Rising Main Steps. This set of stairs is massive at 371 steps. I didn’t count (too busy catching my breath) so I’ll take this article’s word for it.
My friend Rachel had been saying she wanted to walk with me for a while and I decided what better way to initiate her to my project than by starting with this behemoth.
We parked on Howard Street which runs parallel to 279 and started up. I took many breaks to take pictures/not die from exertion.
Once we got to the top, we made our way to Suffolk Street so we could go all the way back down and underneath 279.
We walked along flat East Street for a while before coming to our next climb (Hazlett Street.)
We walked down Chicago Street in Northview Heights because Google Maps claimed that there was a Lucy Street down it. There wasn’t, at least not anymore. We headed back into Northview Heights. When I got home, I realized I didn’t zoom in far enough on the map to see that there was a tiny spur of a street called Aner Street. Guess I’ll have to go back!
We walked through Northview Heights and found ourselves in Reserve Township.
That was perfectly fine because I knew of a cozy little tavern called Hog’s Head Bar & Grill. We had some lunch before continuing on into Spring Garden.
I never like to tell my walking mate that I am not entirely sure how we are going to get back to the car. I don’t like to backtrack or walk on streets I’ve already covered so that can make the return trip interesting. I told Rachel that there might be a way we could get back on the hill via the woods. She didn’t shy away from the idea so we headed up Schubert Street and hoped for a trail. We found a deer trail that ran along a small creek and took it until it disappeared. Then, we did what any person who had two beers at lunch would do, slogged through mud, weeds, and leaves to get to the top of the hill to Odanah Street. It was fun and we survived.
We meandered a group of streets in Spring Hill-City View marveling at the old houses and skinny streets. OH! And the marvelous views of the city skyline.
We came back down to the low country via Royal Street and used the Gerst Way pedestrian bridge over 279 to get back to Howard Street.
Amazingly, Rachel said she wants to walk with me again!