A technical gem in the heart of Charlotte, this trail has many unique and difficult features. The trail is slightly lacking in overall flow and gets exponentially more difficult when wet. This trail caters more to the freeride/huckster than to the XC rider.
The second creek crossing on the Marion Diehl
side is very difficult and will require hike-a-bike for most riders.
This ride starts from the Marion Diehl
Park parking lot, crosses over Tyvola Road, and continues on Farmbrook Drive 1/4 mile to the entrance of Back Yard Trail (BYT)
on the left in a cul-de-sac.
Upon entering, take the right option and in 0.1 mile, take the right option at the fork in the trail. After a few tight, rooty switchbacks you are greeted with a decent downhill section, the "Jesus Saves" bridge jump and an optional three foot rock double ledge drop than can be cleared with enough speed.
The trail crosses over itself and climbs for 1/4 mile to the start of the Poo Tracks, which can be bypassed by taking the right option. An old solid waste holding tank for the water treatment plant, the Poo Tracks are one of the most unique and technical features in all of Charlotte. The trail width is less than a foot with metal rails on both sides to increase the challenge. This section will test your balance and bike control for sure.
After 3/4 mile of two climbs and a short downhill section, get your speed up for Concrete Hill, a short technical climb up some concrete slabs that can be next to impossible to clear when wet. Take a breather at the top of Concrete Hill and get ready for the best downhill jump line in the Piedmont. The line starts with a rock bridge roll-in to a berm to give you enough speed for the cannons, side by side 6" wide wooden ladder features that give you some good air time. After an optional rock drop or step-up jump and an angled cannon jump, the trail splits to give two jump line options. Stay to the right for the more technical, smaller jump line, or take the left option for a massive kicker that you can easily get 4-5 feet of air off of. After another small jump and a berm, the trail crosses a ravine and begins climbing back up the hill. At the top of the hill, the left option can be taken to return to the top of Concrete Hill to do another lap of the epic downhill jump line.
After another 0.2 mile, the trail crosses a service road and continues ahead to the right. Take the left option at the fork in the trail and continue downhill for 1/4 mile. A rocky, switchback climb awaits that can be very tricky to clear when wet. The trail continues for another 1/2 mile with a few logs, skinnies, and ladder bridges to navigate across along the way.
The trail comes out of the woods, turns right on a fire road under some power lines, and reenters the woods 0.1 mile on the left. The next part is a tight rooty section with a few switchbacks that runs parallel to Tyvola Road and ends with a concrete halfpipe run through an old drainage ditch followed by a short technical climb out.
The trail comes back out of the woods and turns right onto a fire road, crosses a creek and after a short climb, turns left and zig-zags downhill to a newly improved table jump. The trail reenters the woods and continues for 1/2 mile back to the service road with a few features along the way.
The trail reenters the woods as the left option as it crosses the service road and leads to a massive optional ladder bridge ledge drop that can be rolled. The trail crosses over itself and climbs and descends twice more before a mile long climb back to the beginning section that includes an optional jump section that has a few size jumps to choose from including a large gap jump.
At the beginning intersection, take the middle option for the final mile long section that has a few jumps, some tough climbs and couple of insane log skinnies as it makes its way back to the beginning intersection. Stay straight as the middle option takes you back out to Farmbrook Drive. Take a right on Farmbrook and cross over Tyvola Road after 0.2 mile.
Enter Marion Diehl
through the left entrance and go in the clockwise direction. The trail travels downhill for a mile with two creek crossings and turns around and climbs back out for 1.2 miles to the parking lot and the end of the ride.