Welcome to the newest section of the Westmoreland Heritage Trail. This part of the rail-trail opened in 2008, extending the WHT another few miles from its starting point in Saltsburg. Future plans are for the trail to continue on through Delmont and then end in Trafford. For more information, visit this website.
Although a pleasant walk or bike ride any time of year, I think this trail really shines during the spring wildflower season (specifically late April and early May). When I explored the area last spring, I was amazed by the large colonies of red trilliums I found here. They carpet the hillsides along the trail – truly a beautiful sight! I even found the uncommon yellow-flowered form of red trillium. Some of the other flowers I noted were white large-flowered trillium, dutchman’s breeches, creeping phlox, and greek valerian. Take your time, slow down, and enjoy this annual spectacle. Along the way you can see an old ruin from coal mining days by the trail at this waypoint - N 40° 27.670 W 079° 29.980. If you’re in the mood for more exercise, keep on going to the present end of the trail in Slickville. You could also explore the WHT in the other direction – it continues toward Saltsburg beyond the road intersection at the Steele parking area (next to the sign for Bortz Rd). There are interesting remnants of mining days along that section, then more great scenery. There’s also another cache that you could pick up on your way.
Oh, yeah, the cache – can’t forget that now can we? It shouldn’t prove too difficult to find. Use appropriate caution if muggles are in view and please rehide well. You should wear orange during hunting seasons. Round trip for this hunt is a little over 2 miles; it’s an easy walk or ride, though there is an uphill grade. Recommended parking for the cache is at the Sara Steele parking area - N 40° 27.755 W 079° 28.932. The other designated trail parking area is at the Slickville VFD at N 40° 27.630 W 079° 31.224, but you’ll miss the best scenery if you start from that end. Any other parking areas are on private property. This is my first cache placement – finally – hope you enjoy it!
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29 Jul 2012 by
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Found easily. Thanks for sharing
11 Apr 2009 by
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D@nim@l and I ventured up this way to check out the new trail. It's a beautiful piece of work to be sure. This was my first visit to the trail since the construction work was done. I don't know why I waited so long given that I have heard so much about it. My parents serve on the board of directors for this trail and some others so it's not like I have been out of the loop.
We rode bike from the recommended parking spot to the cache site. I will swear that grade of this rail trail is steeper than the rest, or that we were riding into a gale force wind, or that my tires were flat, because the both of us were winded from this very short ride. It may be guessed that we're seriously out of shape but we'll never admit to that. Dan found the cache right where I said it would be after I walked right past it. That was dumb! Dan took the trackables before I could kidnap them and we both signed in.
I did not see any trillium but the spring beauties are blooming everywhere right now. This really is a great trail with a lot of interesting stuff. We road DOWN from the cache site to "Worth Its Salt" (which had to be replaced) and onward to Saltsburg where we rode a short distance down the Kiski river to find a letterbox (Kiski Bridge, www.letterboxing.org) that was in really bad shape. I had a great time on this fine spring day and I'm really looking forward to visiting this area again soon. I forgot that I still have the old logbook for "Worth Its Salt" which I meant to put in the new cache. Thanks for bringing me up this way!
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30 Mar 2009 by
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Fun find and FTF to boot! Geocachingjr and I really enjoyed this cache and the hike along the WHT. Great swag for trading. Good for family day out. TFTC!
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