“Super fast and a little jumpy like a Berry Deer, check your brakes before starting this ride!”
— Benji Britt
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This is one of the most difficult trails on Berry's campus. The trail starts out with some decent flow and a couple of good climbs before dropping into a steep, rocky descent.
There are several low ramps that can give the more experienced rider a nice bit of air on their way down. Never very technical, this would be a good warm-up for any downhill/enduro riders who are tired of the standard Berry singletrack.
This ride starts approximately 100 yards from the top of the road to the reservoir. On your way up, when you start to pass a low stone wall near the end, there will be a break in the wall on your left shortly before you reach the House of Dreams. If you make it to the House, you need to backtrack until you find it on your right.
Starting out, the trail will be a sequence of climbs and downhill sections until you reach the power lines that supply the House of Dreams. When you get there, the trail will turn left and follow the power lines for perhaps 50 yards. Then the trail will turn right and, after a short downhill you'll begin your final climb.
At the top of this climb are a few fire rings and some good scenery. I'd suggest getting off at this point and making sure your brakes are okay, because a brake failure after this point could be dangerous. When you're ready you can begin the descent.
The first half of the descent is very steep and pretty rocky. There are several places you can get air if you know what you're doing. If you're a beginner rider just keep your weight over your pedals, and pressure on both brakes. If you start to get too fast just lean back and focus on putting pressure on your rear break. DON'T just grab a handful of front break, it's a good way to go over your handlebars.
At the bottom of that first hill, you'll cross Mountain Goat Road and begin the last section of the trail. This is my favorite section, it's a little rocky, but not too steep. There are several good jumps on this section, but I'd advise you to take it slow your first few times until you learn where all the jumps are, and what each one's landing is like.
After about a quarter mile, the trail will dead end on the gravel road that goes to the Old Mill. Turn right to head to the Old Mill or continue on to the reservoir, or turn left and the gravel road will take you back to mountain campus.