July 5, 2016
Hobby is not for beginner riders. Some parts are difficult, but an intermediate rider can handle it, even if you have to walk your bike up some of the steeper, rockier climbs. Trail head is off the upper parking lot near the bulletin board. Quickly upon entering the trail, you'll have a choice to do XC to the left or Super D to the right. The XC is longer with some tough climbs and fun berms. If you take XC option to the left at the beginning, you'll still have a chance to switch onto Super D and do a shorter, more downhill ride. But XC is a major cardio workout if you take it the whole way. Super D is fun and quick with a few jumps and berms. Signage isn't great, but the Topo map on Singletracks allows you to see where you're at just fine. You can also stay oriented if you keep the remote-control flying field oriented to your ride, as the trail basically goes around the field and even cuts across the edges of it twice. I've only ever ridden this solo (without guides) and was able to figure things out after a few rides. There's an expert section called "Little Pisgah" that is a rock trail through a creek. It can be slick, but it's a good challenge. Fun little pump track off of the lower parking lot, too. The trails leading up to the pump track have a lot of jumps. Overall, great workout trail with lots of options. Being near the water treatment plant means the smells aren't so mountain fresh, but it's nothing unbearable.