Erwin Park Trail

McKinney, Texas

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6 Reviews
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This is a sweet collection of sneaky single-track, and it’s one I love. This is a good place to do laps for conditioning, both mental and physiological. It’s not so hard or so far that you can’t have fun for several hours, but never push yourself over the edge. It’s tight, and it’s tricky, and it was designed by evil people who want you to learn how to ride your bike. Imagine that. If you can master the stuff here then you can call yourself my brother. And you can ride any trail in this book. The trail here is something nearly anyone can find the legs for. A lot of it is out across the prairie, fairly flat and in the blistering sun during summer afternoons. Then you get the trees, and the skeeters. The drops and climbs have quick steep approaches, and maybe an odd tree root or rock garden, but they’re short. If you have to walk a few, then hope maybe nobody’s looking, eh? I’ve been there, here. Many sections almost seem aimed at convincing foolish riders they have it going on; then “lagniappe” takes over. That little something extra that makes the whole experience a new and worthy one, rich in adrenaline. A tree root that’s polished like glass, a quick gear-and-weight shift that you have to know is there, and sometimes a blind drop into the unknown. Pretty darned cool, if I do say so myself.
Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma

by Chuck Cypert (Menasha Ridge Press)

This is a sweet collection of sneaky single-track, and it’s one I love. This is a good place to do laps for conditioning, both mental and physiological. It’s not so hard or so far that you can’t have fun for several hours, but never push yourself over the edge. It’s tight, and it’s tricky, and it was designed by evil people who want you to learn how to ride your bike. Imagine that. If you can master the stuff here then you can call yourself my brother. And you can ride any trail in this book. The trail here is something nearly anyone can find the legs for. A lot of it is out across the prairie, fairly flat and in the blistering sun during summer afternoons. Then you get the trees, and the skeeters.

The drops and climbs have quick steep approaches, and maybe an odd tree root or rock garden, but they’re short. If you have to walk a few, then hope maybe nobody’s looking, eh? I’ve been there, here. Many sections almost seem aimed at convincing foolish riders they have it going on; then “lagniappe” takes over. That little something extra that makes the whole experience a new and worthy one, rich in adrenaline. A tree root that’s polished like glass, a quick gear-and-weight shift that you have to know is there, and sometimes a blind drop into the unknown. Pretty darned cool, if I do say so myself.

©  Chuck Cypert/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: McKinney
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Year-round, except after rain
Local Contacts: McKinney Parks and Recreation Department
Driving Directions: Directions to Erwin Park Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/27/2009
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Great ride...still a little hot, but it was great! This is one of the best trails, if not the best in North Texas. It is fast, a little technical at times...great slopes to test your courage! It a good place to get better...you have to ride it!


2/3/2008
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Excellent trail, it will give your bang for the buck. Very safe and at the same time challenging, the variety of terrain is great and presents in different ways and difficulty levels.


7/2/2007
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This is for me one of the best trails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. There is a little bit for every skill level and more. Just the right length and the loop allows easy access back to your vehicle just in case. When it rains, the trail is not ridable.


4/30/2006
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This trail can be a good workout if you ride it fast or ride it twice. You need to know your bike pretty well because you weave in and out of a lot of trees here. The trails in the trees are pretty narrow, but there is nothing here that cannot be done. It can be a lot of fun and a challenge if you want it to be. Riding in the fields is much better in the spring with all the wildflowers.


8/18/2002
0

The trail is 8.5 miles not 6.5. Most of the trail is rideable by everyone. Most of the trail is not very technical at all. I don't know what these other reviewers are riding but it couldn't be Erwin. Still the same, it is a fun fast trail. This is my home trail and it is good for conditioning. There are a couple of fun dip sections. I don't know where any of the rock gardens people speak of are. The trail is fairly flat except for the occasional root. Any beginner could have fun on this trail. Just go at an easy pace and be cautious. This trail is good for advanced riders too. Pretty fast paced trail!



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