Hi Fellow WYTC supporters,
A friendly reminder that the expiration date on last year memberships is April 30th. We greatly appreciate your support of the trail. As a WYTC member you are helping to maintain the trail with equipment and supplies. We have the volunteer "Over the Hill Gang" that works tirelessly to keep the trail in great shape for everyone to safely enjoy the outdoors and scenery the trail has to offer. If you need a form to renew your dues, please use the FIND OUT MORE BUTTON. (You can complete the application and mail it or pay on line via PayPal.)
For those who have already renewed, thank you so much for your support. I will be sending out membership cards for those who requested them in the near future.
Thank you again from WYTC.
Connie Petras, Membership Chair WYTC
2019 Bike Raffle
Proceeds will be used to help cover the costs to maintain the 10.5 mile section of the GAP trail that runs through Westmoreland County.
Tickets available at the West Newton Visitor Center and during the GAP Fox’s Pizza 5K 10K, through the end of Oct.
Tickets $1 each or 6 tickets for $5
2019 Marin, San Rafael D-S1, Medium Frame, Ready to Ride
21 Speed, Front Fork Suspension, Disc brakes, Sigma 5.12 Bike Computer, Cloud 9 bike seat, IncrediBell Duet Bell, Topeak MTX EX Bike Trunk w/ Bottle Pocket, Handlebar Riser, Kickstand, Bottle Cage with GAP Bottle
Hi. My name is Emma and I love to run! I am registered to run the Fox's 5K with my grandmother on Saturday, May 11th. We have run races together before, but this will be my first time on the GAP. They also are having a 10 K and a Two Mile Family Fun Walk.
All this is happening on the GAP at West Newton starting at 9 AM--rain or shine! Come and run with us, as it will be a real fun day and a great race as the route is flat.
To Register, click HERE. If you register by April 11 you get both a discount and a free tee shirt for racing. But I think I like the free pizza after the race the best! I hope to see you there! ! !
(picture by Victor Pilipovich-her grandfather)
The Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter of the Regional Trail Corporation will hold its 8th Annual 5k/10k Run and 2 Mile Family Fun Walk on Saturday May 11, 2019.
This event is a major fundraiser for the maintenance of the Westmoreland County section of the Great Allegheny Passage. Sponsored by West Newton Fox's Pizza.
The event will start at the Arthur H. King Access Area of the Youghiogheny River Trail in West Newton. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used by trail volunteers to maintain, preserve and enhance the Westmoreland County section of the Great Allegheny Passage.
Pre-registrations for this event must be received by APRIL 11th, 2019 to ensure receipt of a free event short-sleeve T-Shirt.
Event entry forms may be picked up at the Regional Trail Corporation office in West Newton, from bulletin boards along the trail, from the many supporting businesses in the region, and the WYTC website: www.bikewytc.org.
Registration Prices through April 11 are as follows:
5K/10K Run- $20
Fun Walk- $15
Children age 10 and under- $10
Race day registration will be 5K/10K- $25, Family Fun Walk-$20
The next time you travel on the GAP, especially through the Westmoreland county section, GAP Mileposts 105-116, think about how well maintained the Trail is and how much you are enjoying your ride or walk. It takes a team of dedicated volunteers who contribute their talents, skills and knowledge of maintenance tools and equipment, teamwork, and desire to complete tasks efficiently and effectively.
Bob Hand, ten-year member states “Our goal is to have a well-maintained trail that will be attractive to users seeking a good recreational experience and will help the local economy through the dollars those users spend in local businesses. Thanks to every one of the Over the Hill Gang maintenance crew for their time, efforts and dedication to our work. We are consistently recognized as the best maintained section of the trail.”
“In November 2018 the heavy rain began and caused many areas of minor damage to the Trail and two major landslides either onto the trail or into drainage ditches,” mentions Bob Hand in his 2018 article on the WYTC OTHG accomplishments.
The OTHG responded with full and continued force to correct the problems and strategize for continued efforts in 2019.
The WYTC acknowledges the tenacity, perseverance, and dedication of these volunteers. Why do they volunteer? What makes this fun for them? What are their contributions? What should you know if you want to volunteer with this group?
(comments by the OTHG, edited by Donna Morrison)
Picture by Bonnie Lockschmidt
The Year in Review
Read all about it! What a busy and enjoyable year! The newsletter captures our fund-raising events, on-going maintenance, Yough River Trail Riders enjoying their trips, membership information, and more.
Becky Nichols, Editor
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!
The Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter (WYTC) is a group of volunteers dedicated to maintaining and improving the 10.5 mile Westmoreland County, PA section of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP).
Whether you enjoy biking, hiking, walking, running or cross-country skiing, you will delight in the beauty of this section of the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150 mile-System of biking and hiking trails connecting Cumberland, MD and Pittsburgh, PA.
The Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter (WYTC) of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) is busy all year-long. It is used by individuals, families, of all ages who enjoy recreation, camaraderie, improving health, and making improvements to the Trail to benefit all users.
Each year the WYTC organizes activities and events to benefit the community, its members, and visitors.
2019-03-25 Pictured here is the Reymes Family. Within the last year they moved from Paris, France to the Pittsburgh area. The father (Phillip), mother (Murial) and their two children (Luce and Jean) experienced biking out of West Newton for the first time. They had an enjoyable ride and are eager to return for more biking. They next plan to ride from the train station towards Boston on their next visit and ride. Ride safe and welcome to the trail!
Meetings are held at 7 pm on the third Monday of each month at the West Newton Station, located at 111 Collins burg Road, West Newton, PA 15089. Guests are welcome.
In December, we hold our monthly meeting and Christmas party on the first Monday at 6 pm.
As of January, our web site visitors have been from the U.S., Brazil, China, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Kenya, Peru, Japan, Poland, the Philippines and Romania.
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