The character of Backyard is similar to Front Yard
and Ryan's Trail
; narrow desert singletrack, built on old animal trails. Deeply eroded sections make parts of this trail challenging, but the trail can be easily ridden with intermediate skills and stamina.
Back Yard zig-zags from Ryan to Bart
, connecting Ryan, Front Yard
, Johnny Walker, Bart
and Dos Equis
. It is a useful connector for creating shorter loops with the trails on the western side of the trail system.
Riding Front Yard
from the parking area, the two trails meet at Back Yards mid-point at a saddle overlooking the valley to the north. If you turn left and head down the hill on the doubletrack, you'll be doing Bills loop. See a detailed description of points north on this trail in the description for Bills Loop.
If you continue straight ahead, you'll be on Back Yard. Your introduction to Back Yard will be Birdpole, a short, but very challenging, steep, rocky, seriously eroded segment of Back Yard. This is one of the primary connectors to Johnny Walker, which is your access point to the more adventurous trails in the east side of the trail complex.
At the bottom of Birdpole, Johnny Walker continues straight and Back Yard cuts back to the right. This section is pretty flat except for several fun little wash crossings that drop straight down, then climb straight up. Just a few yards long, they're not too hard if you hit them right. Miss your timing and youll be pushing your bike.
A moderate climb out of the valley and Back Yard connects to Bart
. Turn right and head downhill on Bart
to head back, or turn left up the hill and pick up Dos Equis
or 8 Ball.