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- $9 for Pittsburgh StepTrek 2012 registration for two (a $19.98 value)
- $17 for Pittsburgh StepTrek 2012 registration for four (a $39.96 value)
Pittsburgh StepTrek 2012 takes place on Saturday, October 6. Participants must register between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and the event ends at 4 p.m.
This year, the family and pet-friendly Pittsburgh StepTrek lets participants cruise across two paths with different lengths: the 3.5-mile Black route and the 2.1-mile Gold route. The Black route explores the Hollow and winds past the historic Kollar Club before traversing some little-used stairs off of Mary Street. The flat ground that follows allows for more restful walking before amblers climb the west side of the Slopes and plumb the neighborhood’s narrow passageways the old-fashioned way: on foot or steam-powered segway. Shorter than previous years’ routes, the Gold path rolls through little-known corridors near Quarry Field on the far side of Billy Buck Hill. Photo-worthy vistas await as walkers mosey down the St. Thomas Street stairs, and the roam-around culminates in a climb of the 18th Street steps, newly illuminated with a donation from Duquesne Light.
Pittsburgh StepTrek 2012
With more than 700 public stairways, Pittsburgh ranks among the most-stepped cities in the United States, and the highest concentration of these antique escalators may be found in the South Side Slopes. Every autumn since 2001, the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association has organized a walking celebration of the approximately 2,700 steps that make up the neighborhood’s pedestrian paths. Streets in the area are prone to change suddenly into tangled, narrow passageways and hard-to-spot hidden corridors, confounding drivers and fostering an old-time vibe underlined by the residents’ liberal use of the word “malarkey.” While exploring these paths with the help of a narrative program book, the curious enjoy a heart-healthy exercise and soak up historical tales such as those about the 1849 cholera epidemic or the home lives of workers at the local glass factories and steel mills.