Winter Nature Hikes in Pittsburgh

It’s time to put on your hiking boots and hit the trails! You don’t have to wait around for one of our rare sunny days, or a random 60-degree February day in Pittsburgh to head out on an escapade through the woods. Don your hiking gear (or rent what you might need… such as a headlamp) and join one of the city’s experienced guides on a winter journey through one of the popular parks in Pittsburgh. Even if you’ve traveled through these woodlands before, you’re sure to see something new. You might spot a new trail, a special photo opportunity, or just see our environment in a different light. Let’s go explore!

Evergreen Mindfulness Hike

North Park, February 24

Certified Mindful Outdoor Guide, Alicia Broudy, leads guests through North Park’s beautiful landscape to set positive intentions for the future. Look forward to a light stretch before a mindful, casual paced walk spanning about three miles. 

2024 Full Moon Headlamp Hike

Frick Park, February 26

Head out into the wilderness of Frick Park underneath the light of the Full Snow Moon. This red-light headlamp hike is about four miles long with a combination of main trails and more technical single-track trails so it’s recommended for ages 14 and up. 

Family Nature Walk

Powdermill Nature Reserve, March 2

This family-friendly experience for all ages immerses your little ones in the beauty of nature. Spot the beginning of budding blooms on otherwise bare branches, and maybe even see some special wildlife at Powdermill Nature Reserve. Spots for this guided walk will sell out so be sure to register ahead of time. 

Sunset Night Hike

South Park, March 9

Long-time South Park residents Sandra and Scott are ready to guide you on a relaxed two-and-a-half mile sunset hike. Walk along mostly paved paths as you stop to learn about the historic South Park Cascades and other historical facts about the park. 

Nature Hike with Ranger George

Schenley Park, March 16 

Get your binoculars and park guides ready to join Park Ranger George on a two mile hike through Schenley Park for ages 5 and older. This moderately difficult hike travels through the Lower and Upper Panther Hollow Trails to make a loop beginning and ending at the Schenley Park Visitor’s Center. 

Full-Moon Hiking Tour

North Park, March 24

L.L Bean hosts this after-dark adventure to show the fascinating nightlife of nocturnal animals. On this three hour long hike, experienced guides will teach you how to properly prepare for a safe hike, review equipment use, go over Leave No Trace principles, and share information on the local North Park ecosystem. 

Hike with Steel City Outdoor Adventures

Montour Woods or Raccoon State Park, By Appointment

Unable to make one of the scheduled hikes above? Book your own customized guided trek with Steel City Outdoor Adventures. An appointment can be booked as long as you have two or more people in your group. You’ll note your desired difficulty level, time length, and any other details, like a specific site you want to see.

Story by Kylie Thomas

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