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.
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.
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.
We love hearing from Trail users!
Email us your pictures and stories about the GAP-Westmoreland County section.
We are happy to post pictures and brief descriptions of your excursions. Please feel free to give us your first name (optional) and beginning and ending destinations. We will post the information on our web site.
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Donna Morrison, Web Administrator