July 22, 2017
I rode this alone for the first time, and chose my route based on Singletracks reviews, notes from mtbproject, and other trail reviews. This trail is well maintained by TORC (Triangle Off Road Cyclists) with good signage. There could be more maps placed around the route, especially at points where the trail ends in the suburban development that it circles. Seems like signs may have been posted in a few places, but they were totally faded and unreadable. A few times, I had to consult my gps maps to figure out how to reconnect to the singletrack, as the main trail will lead you to several points in the development. But generally, it's fairly easy to figure out if you have that tech with you and do your homework. The main loop has some more woodsy parts throughout and is generally pretty flowy, with minor roots/rocks. Compared to the connected Bennett Mtn trails (on the other side of Briar Chapel Parkway), this main loop is beginner-intermediate. The Bennett trails offer a great technical challenge that is 90% rocks, inclining and descending in a short section. Right next to that on the same side of the parkway is a lollipop out-and-back (Herndon Loop). This trail goes along the power lines and offers a good flow with a few jumps. It's a pretty quick add-on ride after the main loop. I met some riders that said there's an illegal trail near Bennett that is almost all vertical rocks, but didn't check it out. Park at the Catulo lot for easy access to all the trails.