The best way to experience Pittsburgh is by hiking it!
Get outdoors with local author and hiking expert Donna Ruff with the new full-color edition of60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh. These trails transport you to scenic overlooks, wildlife hot spots, and historical settings that renew your spirit and recharge your body. Each hike description features key information on length, hiking time, difficulty, configuration, scenery, traffic, trail surface, and accessibility, as well as information on the history and natural history of the area. Detailed trail maps and elevation profiles, along with clear directions to the trailheads and trailhead GPS data, help to ensure that you always know where you are and where you’re going. Tips on nearby activities further enhance your enjoyment of every outing.
Whether you’re a local looking for new places to explore or a visitor to the area,60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh provides plenty of options for a couple hours or a full day of adventure, all within about an hour from Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities.
Donna Ruff was born in Pittsburgh and, although a lifetime resident of her hometown, has hiked, biked, climbed, skied, and tested her skills in mountaineering in many parts of the world. She has a special passion for hiking in southwestern Pennsylvania, not only because it is her home but because of its diverse and enchanting beauty. Ruff spent her formative years as a student at the University of Pittsburgh and was at that time beginning to explore the many trails of the area, including those of theLaurel Highlands.
A writer by trade, Ruff spends as much of her spare time as possible away from the computer and in what she calls the real world, that is, the natural world. Over the years, she has been an active member of the American Youth Hostels and the Explorer’s Club of Pittsburgh, where she has established valuable frienships with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts.
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