October 13, 2013
Mohican trail is truly a fantastic trail. Very worth while going out of your way to do. Drainage is good and the trail us usually rideable when other trails in the area are to wet.
scenery is beautiful, especially in full autumn colors (3td week in October). There is nice camping all around this area as this area is one of Ohio's best recreation areas.
This is not a wimp trail due to the length and amount of climbing involved. This is not a trail you toss a bottle of water into the bottle holder and off you go. The climbs will put most riders into the anaerobic exertion range enough so that proper fueling, sleep before hand, fueling along the way and hydration with electrolytes is necessary for a good days ride. For most riders allow about 4 hours for the entire 25 miles. It's a very good idea to ride this trail with another person as there are plenty of places where a crash can send you out of sight to others. There is a 100 mile bike race on this trail yearly for those that are beyond my advice.
If you have more than one vehicle in your group it is a godsend to spot an extra vehicle at the covered bridge or at the mile 15/16 parking area with food and ice cold drinks. There is no trailside water along the trail except a detour at mile 8 to the left.
I am not in the group that considers the first climb to be killer. There are enough flat breaks in it to relax enough to keep the burning down. After the first climb the trail follows the ridges up and down with fair flow. There is a rock garden with a few switchbacks around mile 3-4. There is a bail point at mile 4.4 that goes back towards the parking area. This first 8 miles of the trail are two way so be cautious. In the section from mile 4.4 to mile 9 there are many rooty climbs and benched out areas along the way. There is another bail out at mile 8 and at 9. After a winding climbing section from mile 9-10 the trail is mostly fun fast down hill to mile 11 at the covered bridge.
The climb from the covered bridge starts a hundred yards up the road on the right. Get ready, this is a killer climb without any breaks. If you are having any trouble up to this point or are low on energy you may want to continue up the road to where the trail crosses back over the road or continue up the road to the mile 15 parking lot. From the bridge to mile 15 section is mostly uphill and lacks downhill sections. Many people bypass this section.
From the mile 15 parking lot the trail has more downhill than uphill and is the flow section for the whole trail all the way down to mile19.5 where it crosses the road again.
Passing across the road and up the trail for many bikes is very tough. The trail looks like another tough climb and the road is all downhill back to the route 3 parking lot, civilization food and beer. Tough choice.
From the mile 19.5 to the camp ground at 24 is mostly downhill with shorter climbs. There are some switchbacks with technical sections, lots of fun. From mile 24 back to the parking area is a short interesting section of mostly down hill but you can encounter mud and more hikers.
If you completed the entire trail congratulations, many say they did but did not actually do it all. Many skip the covered bridge to mile 15 but consider it complete as the road climb from the covered bridge to the mile 15 parking lot is still a long relentless climb.
In a class by itself locally. Maybe Vultures Knob.