Support your Trail - Many people are unaware that the trail is not maintained by county or state workers, but by volunteer effort. Some of these events are major fundraisers for the volunteer maintenance of the 10.5 miles of trail that runs through Westmoreland County.
Meet people from many areas, locally, regional and internationally - People come from all around the southwestern Pennsylvania region, other states, and from international locations to enjoy the scenery along the Youghiogheny River and embrace its beauty.
Recreation and exercise – good for your health or training for future rides or walks.
Help with the Trail.
Volunteer with the WYTC
Help with an event such as Trail Appreciation Day or the Poker Run.
Help with event planning, organizing, event execution, raffles and a variety of vital support duties.
Assist with Trail Maintenance (see next section)
Become a Volunteer Trail Monitor. Monitors are trained volunteers who report trail conditions, clean up trash/hazards and offer help to visitors where necessary. Your duties as a monitor would be to provide a presence on the trail. 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 such as downed trees or washouts.
The most important job of a trail monitor is being a good ambassador of the trail systems by helping to provide a safe, friendly environment for fellow trail users.
Attend monthly meetings, held every third Monday of the month, 7 pm, West Newton Station.
To Volunteer contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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, fifteen-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.”
For detailed information on the accomplishments of the Over the Hill Gang in maintaining and improving the Westmoreland County section of the GAP see the following links to annual summaries of maintenance and improvement activities.
Meet our Over The Hill Gang (picture below), a group of dedicated members who work tirelessly to maintain the trail. This group carries on the tradition started in 1995 of providing high quality maintenance of, and improvements to, the WYTC section of the Great Allegheny Passage.
The Over the Hill Gang holds organized work parties every Wednesday morning at 9:00 am from March through November. More help is always needed.
Anyone with an interest in helping out, even if only for a couple of hours a week, should contact the WYTC at email@example.com
Pictured left to right are Jim Logan, Charley Carey, Tim Aaron, Jim
Lockschmidt, Franklin Reese, Jack Zewan, Kent Banas
Bob Hand, Jerry Andre.
Regulars not pictured are Ralph Malocchi, Sam Cover, Ozzy Osborne
Picture by Bonnie Lochschmidt.
If you wish to join this group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org