Mingo Creek County Park - TRAIL

Mingo Creek County Park - Trail, Thomas, Pennsylvania

Double track is common but more than likely, single track is what you'll find. Lots of stream crossings, hardpack, and technical stuff to keep you guessing what is around the next turn. Its easy to spend an entire week exploring and not ride ALL of the trails.

User Reviews (16)

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Jim OKelly   Cross Country Rider [Oct 14, 2014]

This is the best 12 mile ride in the area when it is in good condition. Unfortunately due to a lack of maintenance and horse riders using it when wet it has become mostly unridable. The mud and hoof prints make it no fun at all. If you ernjoy hike a bike give it a try. It has been this way for two years now. Bummer!

Customer Service

Right now the southwest corner is the only ridable area-about 3-4 miles

Similar Products Used: South Park is always good.
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4
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4
mccartney7499   Cross Country Rider [Sep 04, 2010]

It had been over 15 years since the last time I rode here. I have to say, the years have not been especially kind. These trails frustrate me because there is so much potential, but between the horses chewing up the trail (I understand that they pay to use the trails and the trails may not even be here if not for the horse riders but it's still frustrating) and the lack of real trail maintenance that potential gets lost in the translation. The weekend I went there the trails had been cut back in sections, which, in theory sounds like a good thing right? Wrong! Yeah you weren't getting bushwacked, but all the clippings were left just lying on the trail surface. I finished my ride with 3 punctures in my tire due to thorns that were lying across the trail, and quickly grew tired of stopping every couple hundred feet to pull a stick/twig/branch out of my spokes or derailleur. Not to say there wasn't some fun/fast/flowy sections of sublime singletrack. Not to mention some killer climbs and sweet descents. I'm just saying this trail network could be a destination for mountain bikers if they were given some love.

Customer Service

Get a map, go counterclockwise around the big loop, be sure not to miss the downhill descent on the blue trail on the north side of the park. Watch out for, and stop for the horses!

Similar Products Used: South Park I think is the closest
Heard Quebec Run is good, but haven't been there yet
Best mountain biking in the Pittsburgh area is up in Apollo
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3
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4
defenestratingchupacabra1   Cross Country Rider [Jul 05, 2010]

The trails have been in a lot better condition this year(2010) than in years past. As a mountain biker I have tried to do as much maintenance as possible to help keep these trails good for MTBing as well as horses. There is very little flat riding and the climbs are certainly challenging compared to most trails in the Pittsburgh area. I have found that the descents are among the best XC descents in the area and usually worth the climb. Of course there are some horse tracks around the park and there are no getting around them, but there has been enough cycling action on them this year it has helped to smooth them out a good bit.

Customer Service

The trails are a big loop around the park, I have found it best to ride it in a counterclockwise direction so the ascents and the descents are worthy of each other. One of my favorite rides is to park at the stop sign at the T on the main road a couple miles into the park. Make a left at the stop sign and ride up the road a mile or so and enter the trail on the left. Long challenging ascent right off of the bat but a very long fast descent on the other side and ride it back to the entrance of the park for a short ride or keep going for a longer ride.

Similar Products Used: Bavington, South Park, Brady's Run, Hartwood Acres, Grand Vue ( Wheeling, WV)
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4
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4
bslaug   Cross Country Rider [Nov 09, 2009]

From a cycling standpoint it is really a shame the condition these trails are in from the horse use because there is a ton of potential here. Nothing too challenging (that I saw) that would scare off any level of rider. If the horse riders are the ones who did most of the trail work then they should have rights to the trails. Not all of it is totally unridable. This could be a good destination with some work arounds. Mountain bikers shouldn't complain unless they are willing to put some work into it.
It is ironic that mt bikers are labeled bad for trails. You could have 100 bikes roll over a trail after a rain storm and all you would see are tire marks and MINOR ruts. Two horses (or one) on the same trail and it reqiures a week of maintenance.

Similar Products Used: Bavington, South Park
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2
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3
steven   Cross Country Rider [Jul 16, 2009]

I thought it was similar to a trail in Michigan called highland but a lot tougher. I was alone and somewhat reserved. In a few spot (even though dry), the horse hooves were ridiculous. Having just got over a serious poison sumach ordeal I thought I was screwed. Nothing so far. Some serious technical climbs without any fast rewards. Definitely a good work out. Did 65% of the outside loop without a good breakfast. Started to tank out. Wondered what the loop beyond parkview road going counterclockwise (as per map) is like? A sheriff had to take a map off the wall for me. If no-one was there you (by luck) you wouldn't have a clue. All around great time. PS Loved Pittsburgh with the exception of the Penns (big Red Wing fan).

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3
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3
rob412   Cross Country Rider [Nov 22, 2004]

I have ridden Mingo twice. Each time exploring opposite sides of the park. The trails here are severly rutted from heavy horse traffic and plagued with unavoidable mud holes. I think there is about eleven feet of flat trail at Mingo. You are either climbing up considerably steep sections or navigating the ruts on the downhills. My two visits covered a good bit of the park but there was still a section that I didn't ride. I couldn't imagine the unridden section to be much different from the trails I rode. Regardless, I would probably not dedicate a third day to exploring this park. There are many other parks that offer a superior riding experience. Fairly low overall fun factor.

Customer Service

Park near the covered bridge and cross stream at the hiking trailhead. Climb up the hiking trail until it merges with the horse trails. Follow trail around the rim of park.

Similar Products Used: Coopers Rock South Park Bavington
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2
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4
bacolmm   Cross Country Rider [Aug 21, 2004]

I haven't ridden everything at Mingo yet, but what I have ridden has been pretty beaten up by horses in places. I know these are horse trail, so there's no use in complaining about it, so I've been going to South Park instead (Even though is a 30 minute drive as opposed to 15 minutes to Mingo). I'll go back to Mingo next time we have a stretch of 5 or more days without rain. In my opinion, this is the worst place to ride after it rains. The horses beat up the soft areas until they are unrideable. I'm sure this place would be great during a really dry summer...

Similar Products Used: South Park, Hartwood Acres, Bavington, Boyce Park. Get more info. here http://home.comcast.net/~s.farrar/
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2
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4
slam126   Cross Country Rider [Aug 05, 2004]

Good for any rider, any skill level. I agree with the horse rider who posted before me. Hey, I ride a bike, not a horse, but I respect what the locals have done here. Let's get off our attitude and share the trails. To all the tough guy super-biker blockheads who find it easy to criticize others who aren't bike gods of their level would be damn happy to come across a horse rider if they got lost or got hurt in the woods. Let's give each other a break; life's short, dream big, ride long.

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4
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3
Deb Cheplic   Weekend Warrior [Aug 26, 2003]

Hi - I stumbled upon your site while looking for the Bridge Festival schedule. I just wanted to comment, as one of the "fat ass equestrians" that are criticized in several reviews, that we were the people who cut most of the trails in the park, and used to ride this area when it was just farmland before it became a park. For years the horseback riders were the only people who had to pay for a permit to ride in the park, and the only people even now who have to obtain a free permit before riding there. There are a few areas of the park, especially on the orange trail, that were cut across some rough areas, and some stream crossings have always been rather treacherous, horse traffic or not. Try to look at it through the eyes of the horseback rider, who's trying to cross an area that bikers have filled with tree saplings and poles, which gives us a great chance of having a broken leg on our friends by trying to get through these hazards. Most of the horse people I know are polite and try to coexist with the bikers on the trails. When we hear bikers coming, especially on the turns, we announce our presence so that they don't come barreling into the back of the horses. We are the people in the park in the spring with chain saws, folding camp saws and branch trimmers, trying to clear winter damage to make the trails enjoyable for all. I myself haven't ridden there for the past four years since my favorite horse died of an aneurysm while I was riding her near my home, but the park will always be a favorite spot of mine. All trail users in this country need to try to coexist on the trails, and band together to keep them open; after all, if they can be closed to horses, the bikers are just a short distance from being closed out too. Here's to harmony on the trails. Hopefully this will help change your opinion of horseback riders. Deb

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5
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4
Jefe   [Jan 03, 2001]

The first mile uphill isn't so bad, its the last quarter that blows your legs. There are so many switchbacks, streams, and technical climbs that you'll find it very hard to leave at the end of a day. For me, it is hard to get in three trails in 5 hours of riding time. Very technical in places so I recommend NEVER riding there or anywhere else for that matter without a helmet. Know your limites here.

Customer Service

I'd recommend starting off with the bangin'est uphill in the park, WaterTower. Entering from the east side of the park, the trail head is across from the first gravel parking area.

Similar Products Used: Frick Park, Schenley Park (Hah)
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