Why don’t more people ride Mingo?

I think I’ve said this before, but I can’t fathom why more people don’t ride Mingo Creek Park, in Washington PA.  I realize it doesn’t have the mileage of Bavington or LOL LOG PILES!!1 of North Park. What you’ve got is a ride through several different sets of conditions.  Each one is a little but more fun then the one you’ve just cut across.

You’ve got grueling steep climbs up unforgiving rocky horse paths.  You’ve got fast and loop descents with plenty of roots to put you on your ass.  I’ve got hidden single track through overgrown glades of tall grass.

You encounter groomed trails, overgrown single trail, soft surface pine groves, surprise mud bogs and creek crossings.  Each time I ride this park I end up liking it just a little bit more.
7.75 miles — 0 otb — 2000 calories

GPSies - Mingo Creek 09/05/2010See the full track statistics here
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Mingo Creek DISASTER! Ride 6/19/2010

Remember how I mentioned that there’s not a lot of room for error in Mingo Creek?  There’s also not a lot of room to be over confident either.  I’ve been riding without a tire repair kit for over a year, and this time it caused me to have to hike out of the woods in very uncomfortable shoes.

I noticed the twig had an unnaturally strong hold on my front wheel, that’s because it had actually hidden a very long thorn that put itself about 2 inches deep into my front tire, and that was all she wrote folks.

“Delight in vigilance.  Protect your own mind.  Lift yourself from a bad course like a tusker sunk in the mud.”  -The Dhammapada

“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” -Lance

Stats: 3 miles on/3 miles on foot, 2300 calories (How is this possible?), 0 OTB (over the bar), 1 destroyed inner tube

GPSies - Mingo Creek DISASTER! 06/19/2010 (Duration: 02:16:31)See full GPS log, click here


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How come no one rides Mingo?

How come no one rides Mingo Creek?

It’s a great little park with single track and creek crossings and wildlife and open glades of tall grass.  Some of the singletrack is more “single” them any I’ve ever ridden.  At times your running over a foot path through the tall grass, then once it hits the woods it widens into a nice windy singletrack cut through the trees.  There’s obviously horse traffic (funny colored dirt).

Beware if you go though.  Make sure you take a look at my elevation chart.  The climbs are grueling.  Mingo is much more hilly then South Park.  South Park has some good climbs (the wave pool, the buffalo pen) but they’re cake walk compared to some of the climbs in mingo.  BUT, the good part of a tough climbs is that there is usually a fast descent afterward, which Mingo delivers.

Because of the difficulty of some of the climbs, I didn’t hit my 15 mile target.  I do believe I am becoming a light weight.  I intended to do the entire outer horse ring (13 miles) and ended up cutting most of it off, and only ended up with 10 miles total.  The trail is that damn tough.

And surprisingly, the entire park was packed, but I encountered not one person using the trails.  Which is a real shame, because I love taking pictures of people’s dogs on the trails.

And, oh my! From the look of this GPS track I strayed outside of the park a little. I hope whoever owns the land I was riding is OK with me riding it again in the future, because I’m totally gonna do it.

“It never really gets easier — you just go faster.” -Lance

“Whoever has tamed oneself will find delight in the forest” – The Dhammapada

Stats: 10 miles, 2600 calories, 1 OTB (over the bar)

GPSies - 05/30/2010 - Mingo Creek Park RideSee the full GPS entry for this ride here

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Little single track that loops through the woods, but what you often see in Mingo is a steep drop off on one side of it.  You want to ride aggressive in this park, but often times there really is no room of error.

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Long glade of tall grass and you can barely see the path that cuts through it.

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View from the observatory.

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This is a deep wooded gorge.  Unfortunately the picture flattens it, and you don’t get a sense of the tumble you’ll take if you fall into it.

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