November 11, 2014
Be warned: There are portions of this trail that are still under water from the Aug-Sept monsoon. While they are few, they are not passable and you'll have to turn around. So far the worst areas seem to be the Malabar Scrub yellow/red/white loop and Turkey Creek blue loop, although all are rideable, some sections of each trail are under water. The further south you get, the worst they are.
The trail is predominately flat, with a few ups and downs. The surface is mostly sand, with some very loose areas to watch out for. Not a lot of obstacles, aside from a few logs and a LOT of roots, depending on what section you are on. The trail is well marked, although the map is dated, there are a lot of trails that are not mapped, but all are marked.
Overall, the trail is fun and the best in the immediate area. There are a few annoying parts, but I'm sure better riders wouldn't have too much of a problem with them.
We start riding from the Briar Creek entrance, you can head to a northern section or the southern section. We usually stick to the south/southeast, which starts off as either the red or yellow loop.
The yellow loop will ride for about a mile, then dump out at an appt complex, but if you follow the markings you'll find another yellow loop entrance that takes you further back into a lot more trail. The sections here are fairly easy, except for the sand, and without a lot of technical aspects. The section back there can be hairy to navigate, so bring a compass and keep track of where you are, realizing that you may be in another sanctuary.
The red loop leads to the more technical areas, mainly the (relatively) short red loop and the bridges to the blue loop. The red loop isn't terribly difficult, there are a few ups and downs and a lot of roots.
The blue loop, which is reached via the red loop, has the most difficult terrain we've encountered on the trail so far, mainly because of the roots. There are several branches of the blue loop, but be warned that some of them currently lead to impassable swamp.
Lastly, watch for wildlife. The turtles like to sit in the middle of the trail and stare you down.