Join us for a fun-filled morning at the GAP-Westmoreland Yough Trail – on Labor Day-West Newton Trail Head
This event is sponsored and supported by various area merchants. This event is NOT A RACE! Participants walk or bike ride at their own pace, to checkpoints throughout the course where they pick up a playing card. At the end of the event, each poker hand is tallied and the person with the best hand in each category receives a prize. Raffle prizes will be available after 10:00 AM. At 11:00 AM the winners of the best hands in all events will be announced along with the winner of the bike and the 50/50 drawing.
Event takes place on the Great Allegheny Passage
Bike - 12 miles level
Bike - 20 miles endurance
Walk/Jog/Wheelchair optional - 4 miles
8:00 AM - Packet Pick-Up & Race Day Registration
8:30 AM - Event Start
RIDE RAIN OR SHINE.
The WYTC would like to acknowledge and thank the Over The Hill Gang and all volunteers for their support.
The WYTC wishes to thank everyone who made a contribution in memory of David Hamilton, long time trail volunteer and pioneer who passed away in May. Monies will be used for trail maintenance. A big THANKS!
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
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.
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