Of the city's large parks, Frick has received the most attention to its trail system. The trails have evolved from a jumbled, unsigned mess to a well-maintained but still maze-like collection of multi-use trails (but trail names on the city’s park map are out of date). Trail runners will find everything from flat carriage paths to steep and challenging singletrack.
This 644-acre park is nestled into a valley surrounded by densely populated areas. Masses of young people from the Pitt and CMU campuses frequent the park, and it has well-developed infrastructure for diverse users, but somehow the park rarely feels crowded. There’s something magical about the happy chaos in Frick Park.
The improvements in the trail system here are primarily due to the work of Trail Pittsburgh. While this organization started as a mountain bike group, it also works on trails for hikers and runners. All the singletrack in Frick is multi-use. (Trail maintenance happens year-round, check Trail Pittsburgh’s website to volunteer.)
Newcomers to Frick can easily get confused by the park’s many hills and valleys and maze of trails. Just remember that you’re in a watershed; following the path of water will lead to the main trail that runs through the heart of the park.