This trail is equally good ridden in either direction. The Bethnal Rd. crossing is the high point, so from either end, it is a climb up to Bethnal Rd., and a descent to the opposite side.
WEST TO EAST: This trail shoots off of the The Back 40 Loop - Segment 3: Blowing Springs to Hwy 340 (Library)
to the east, and connects with SBAT
to the west. Starting from the SBAT
junction, you begin with a very narrow radius left-hand berm, which then leads you to a low area of level trail that consists of a gravel base. You follow that briefly and then begin a subtle climb along a deep bench-cut trail, which leads you to an open power line area with a punchy climb with two steep switchbacks. Keep your speed going into them, as traction is difficult here due to the soil composition.
Once up top, you dart back into the woods for a brief section of rolling terrain. Now you exit the canopy into a large field that is an old "stump dump," which is what the locals refer to this section as. It's a steady climb through the field and up a series of bermed corners that lead you to the Bethnal Rd. crossing.
Drop in off Bethnal Rd., and you're met with a very short and slight descent that leads to a fairly sharp descent. There's some flow here, but the soil is fairly rocky and loose, so be leery of carrying too much speed. You'll encounter some small rollers at times, and a few dry creek bed crossings. This descent continues all the way to the point where the trail "T's" with The Back 40 Loop - Segment 2: East End Of 340 to Blowing Springs
EAST TO WEST: Going this way, the ascent from The Back 40 Loop - Segment 2: East End Of 340 to Blowing Springs
up to the Bethnal Rd. crossing offers a little steeper climb than going west to east. Once you cross Bethnal Rd. and drop in, you'll have a few bermed corners that lead you into the "stump dump" field. It's a subtle descent, but the soil is good, and you can carry some really high speeds throughout this section.
Once through the field, you duck back into the woods and follow a narrow bench-cut trail in and out of some hollows with some sharp switchbacks where the "up and back" trails cross the dry creek beds. This leads you back to the power line road and two very sharp switchbacks. You now head back into the canopy and after a short descent and level section, you begin a very brief climb back up to SBAT