An Afternoon Walk In The Steel City
I arrived in Pittsburgh mid-afternoon last Saturday. It was only my third visit to the Steel City. I was there to celebrate my niece Cassidy’s graduation from Duquesne Law School. I am so proud of her. While in the city, I was staying at the historic Omni William Penn Hotel on Grant Street.
After quickly parking, checking in and taking my luggage to the room I was off to roam the streets of the city. It was a partly sunny and mild. A pleasant day for a walk in the Steel City. Being a Saturday afternoon there was little motor vehicle traffic on the streets. Although I love my hikes in the woods I also enjoy roaming and exploring the “concrete jungles” of our large cities.
I did not have a lot of time. Reservations for dinner with family members was at 5 p.m. and it was already 3:30 when I began my hike. So I decided to walk down to Point State Park located at the junction of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers. The confluence of these two rivers create the Ohio River. Leaving my hotel I walked down on Smithfield Street to the bridge that crossed the Monongahela River.
Across the river was the Mt. Washington section of the city. Also visible was the Monongahela incline or funicular that was built in 1870 to ascend the homes of the workers who lived atop Mt. Washington. I rode these on my last visit to the city. (my blog post from that visit can be found in the archives of website).
At the section of the river shore I realized that there was no river walk or trail here, only the busy and noisy interstate highway. So I made my way back toward the downtown area of the city and followed First Avenue toward the park.
As I neared Point State Park I came upon crowds of people, approaching from all sides, and converging at the Portal Bridge tunnel which allows access to the park. I enjoyed the happy sounds of the folks walking in the sunshine to enjoy this scenic park along the rivers.
I made one detour on my return hike, I walked to Market Square to see if any events were taking place. There was a farmers market here on my last visit. There were no organized activities on Saturday, just a lot of folks enjoying the outdoors in the city.
and arrived at my hotel around 4;30, leaving me not much time to get ready for dinner. I had no regrets taking my almost 4 mile hike and seeing a little bit more of the Steel City. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with more photographs from my hike in the Steel City. Pittsburgh afternoon hike May 15 2021.
There’s so much that I like about Pittsburgh, actually. The cultural district and museums are wonderful, and I encourage everyone to check them out. And the food is excellent, too!
— Troy Polamalu