111 Collinsburg Rd., West Newton, Pennsylvania, 15089 United States

(724) 872-5586

Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter

The Westmoreland County Section of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP).

The Westmoreland County Section of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP).

The Westmoreland County Section of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP).The Westmoreland County Section of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP).The Westmoreland County Section of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP).

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Picture by Victor Pilipovich

2020 Monitor Training

Saturday January 18th at 11 am (rescheduled for Feb 1 at 11 due to icy roads and inclement weather)


A monitor training/recert session will be held at the West Newton Station on Saturday Feb 1 at 11 am.  The session should last for about an hour. Donuts and coffee will be available.

This is your opportunity to become a Volunteer Trail Monitor. The only requirement is that you are a current member of an RTC trail chapter. Your duties as a monitor are pretty simple. Provide a presence on the trail. You can do this on a bike, on foot or sitting on a bench. You would offer information to trail users and provide assistance to trail users as needed. Contact 911 for any medical emergency and/or provide any medical assistance you feel competent in providing. Assist with mechanical problems to the extent you are competent, and report trail conditions or hazards such down trees or washouts. Also, you can give direction to near- by bike shops, restaurants, trailheads, and hotels.

 The most valuable job of a trail monitor is being a good ambassador of the trails systems by helping to provide a safe, friendly environment for fellow trail users.

If this sounds like something you would like to do, please contact Bob Hand at wytcnews@hotmail.com   to sign up for the training session.

2020-05-16 GAP 5K, 10K 2 mile fun walk - Save the DATE!!!


Sponsored by West Newton Fox's Pizza

Proceeds benefit YRT/GAP maintenance

More information and on-line registration link coming soon!!

WYTC: 724-872-5586

2020 President Keith Frid


President's Message

The whole is only as good as the sum of its parts. Perhaps you are an active participant in community organizations and have wished that you had a little more help.  Maybe you are not in community activities because of schedule conflicts or the activities do not coincide with your interests. Your free time is at a premium and you still want to spend quality time with your children or other family members. Retirement and an empty nest have given you time to do something you like but you are not really ready to retire. All of the current WYTC volunteers have faced the same issues and found a solution with one or more of the trail’s activities. There is also the great satisfaction that everyone receives through giving.

For example, by being a Trail Monitor, you can ride and walk with your loved ones while providing a valuable service. You can also join the Yough Trail Riders and become part of a large family of bicyclists. If you are good with your hands, want some fresh air and exercise, and wish to maintain the trail as the best in the area; become a part of the Over the Hill Gang. This job also offers flexible hours and a clothing allowance. Website, newsletter, advertising, and other communication; merchandising, grant writing and fundraising skills are also in demand. A growing collection of historical documents will require catalogers and archivists. Instead of being maybe just a participant in our Run/Walk and Poker Run events, you can participate in the events as a WYTC member. If you have good organizational and management skills, you may wish to chair our projects, create new ones and provide Board membership into the future.

The Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter is good due to the active involvement of many good people. Look at the website (www.bikewytc.org), attend an event or meeting and be sure to take a ride on your trail. Did I mention your dues will be less than other organizations? With your contribution or contributions of choice, you can also be a good part of a very good organization, the Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter of the Great Allegheny Passage.

It can be part of the ride of your life.  

2020 Calendar

Check out the new calendar!  Coming up is the Monitor Training and Regional Trail Corporation Annual Retreat! 

welcome new members!

Welcome Tage and Andrea Schaefer!  We look forward to having fun with you!

Welcome to our 2 new members, Tage and Andrea Schaefer.  We look forward to having fun with you!

What are Bill's Riders doing in the Winter?

Contact Us

Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter

111 Collinsburg Rd, West Newton, Pennsylvania 15089, United States

(724) 872-5586

Hours Open. (April - Thanksgiving open ALSO on Sat and Sun 10-3)



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If you are planning a bike ride, read this.

2019 Amenities Along The GAP-WYTC

Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter GPS Coordinates for Trailheads and Gate Entries by P&LE Mile Posts and by GAP Mileposts. 

Also, please note that included is an alphabetical Memorial Bench List by Mileposts- Westmoreland County section of the GAP.

Thanks to Jim Lockschmidt for this  update!

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We want to hear from our Trail Users!

Email us your pictures and story along the GAP-Westmoreland County section.

We love hearing from Trail users! We are happy to post pictures and a brief description of your excursion. Please feel free to give us your first name (optional) and beginning and ending destinations. We will post the information on our web site

Contact: Donna Morrison, Web Administrator


Did You Know??

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