Walking Brighton Heights

On a sunny day in Pittsburgh, we set out to walk the neighborhood of Brighton Heights.  Yes, it was three months ago.  Yes, we’ve been on hiatus.  Onward!

From the get go, we encountered a lot of life in Brighton Heights, with pedestrians out walking along the green lawns and trees that lined the streets.  We took a right at Harbison Street, where the large yards bore summer gardens of bright flowers and greenery.

Brighton Heights Pittsburgh home and garden

We turned left on Campus St. and passed Diploma St.  Apparently, the residents of Brighton Heights have high intellectual aspirations.  We passed Stanford Ave. and took a right on Davis Ave, which overlooks the neighborhood and Woods Run Ave.

We doubled back onto Davis and headed down to the triangularly-shaped Legion Park.  The Christ Hope Church sat across the street.

Legion Park is a memorial park with three monuments and a montage of colorful bricks that were painted in the 70s.

Walking through the park, we took Brighton to Termon Ave. and made a right onto Termon.  We took a left on Lois, then ventured back into the Brighton Heights Ivies, taking a left on Cornell, a right at Harvard Circle, and finally continuing onto Goe Ave.  We took a right at West Point Ave. and took a set of city steps to Benton Ave.

We came upon the James P. Wall Memorial Home, affiliated with the Little Sisters of the Poor.  This home was built for the Sisters in 1922.

We took a right at Brighton Woods Run, where we came to Brighton Heights Park.


We decided to do some geocaching while we were here, which led us to a big pasture at the bottom of a grassy hill.

(We found the cache!)  The path let out at Birkhoff St., which led to Woods Run Ave.  We followed Woods Run/Oakdale for a ways, between two hillsides, before realizing that we would have to turn back. 


We backtracked out to Brighton Woods Rd., continued there, and made a left on Lapish Rd, where we were up close and personal with some wildlife.


We passed (but did not ascend) another set of city stairs at Transvaal Ave.

The street becomes San Pedro St.  We took a right at Drexel, then a left at Cliffview.  We turned left on the brick Kleber St.

At Kleber and Brighton, we entered the business district.  We took a left at Brighton, by Big Cat Pat’s.

We passed the St. Cyril of Alexander School, a dentist, a florist, and a medical center.

 We took a right at Benton.  We passed Brighton-McClure Presbyterian Church and the Pittsburgh Fish and Chicken.  We bore right on California Ave, past a few abandoned houses, the Miller’s Seafood House, and Brighton Heights Lutheran Church.  We took a right on Perrott St., into Marmaduke Park.  Marmaduke is home to the Brighton Heights dekhockey league.  We found this Code of Ethics to be very good advice.

Taking a right out of the park, we turned onto Bonaventure Way, then took a right on California Ave.  We were curious about this graffiti.

This funeral home, with its shamrock-shaped punctuation mark, certainly seems to offer a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

We entered the California Ave. business district.

We took a right at the Termon Ave. approach, where we found these fans.

We took a left at Davis, at this point.

Then a left on California.  This section of California includes the Greater Allen AME Church, a real estate office, The Vault, a pizza place, a barber shop, a deli, and other small businesses.

We took a right at Termon Ave., then passed the Hosanna Church, along with its Hookt Teen Center and its social enterprise, Copies for a Cause.

We made a right at McClure St. and passed the All Saints Episcopal Church and the Brighton Heights Senior Community Center.  We continued on Gass Ave. and took a left on Stokes.

  We continued on Harbison and back to our starting point.  Thirteen neighborhoods down, plenty more to go!

Distance: 8.2 miles, Time: 3 1/2 hrs (at a leisurely pace, with a touch of rain)



Filed under Brighton Heights, North Side, Walking

3 responses to “Walking Brighton Heights

  1. Alexis

    This is our neighborhood. We live one house in from Termon and California – the “House with the Porches” as it is often said. 🙂 This is a pretty look at Brighton Heights – and some areas I have not seen but must walk to now!

  2. jason

    thank you for this photographic journey through what is to me an unfamiliar city neighborhood. i had been in brighton heights and only driven brighton road. there is so much more to the neighborhood, it seems!

    i plan on moving back to pittsburgh and my #1 focus neighborhood will be Brighton Heights.

  3. Beautiful photographs, it looks like an exciting walk with a lot to see.

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