| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

Backyard MTB Trails | Building & Riding!


Welcome to Berm Creek. Here’s the berm. And here’s the creek you’ll end up in
if you don’t use it. For the past few weeks I’ve been building
trails at Berm Creek, or I’ve been doing my best to. If you want to build good trails—sustainable
trails, Berm Creek could be a case study in what not to do. Take and gander, and you’ll find half baked
retaining walls, poor drainage, and singletrack so skinny that your pedals hit the sides. Still, I’m learning fast, and with a little
luck Berm Creek will have vastly improved by the Fall. Let me show you what I’ve built so far. This is the first trail, aptly named Berm
Creek. You start on this steep descent which throws
you right into a tiny berm. You can really lean into it and it’s a lot
of fun. An optional line would be this rock garden,
but I’ll only use that on special occasions. After the berm is a little detour up the hill,
a turn around this tree and finally a fork in the trail. Right of the fork is Coax Climb. It’s too muddy to ride now. To the left is a detour called Goodman Ledge. It has a switchback so tight that I’m not
even sure it can be ridden. When it dries we’ll find out. Either path takes you back to the trailhead. This area after the berm is right next to
a drainage pipe, so I need to do something about that. We’ll call it a creek crossing. I’ve always had respect and appreciation
for trail builders, but now it runs deeper. The more dirt I move here, the more bummed
out I get about tire ruts and all the damage that occurs when the trails are ridden wet. I can only imagine what it’s like to have
hundreds of other people riding my trails, without any regard for who maintains the place. Of course I won’t need to worry about that. You may have figured out by now that Berm
Creek is in my backyard. Still, I always seem to get lost here. Like every good trail system, Berm Creek needs
a trail map. The map doesn’t have elevation profiles
or data, but it’s still pretty awesome. Awesome enough to have a permanent spot at
the trailhead. For this, I’m cobbling something together
out of wooden planks. To cut acrylic you need to score it with a
blade, but I didn’t have much luck with that. The jigsaw was worse. Eventually I figured it out. Now we’re in business. These brown fiberglas markers are just like
the ones in Pisgah. I got these stickers online too. These trails are designed for bikes, and trail
dogs. Nothing against ATV’s or Horses, but I don’t
have the space or resources to deal with that. Tomorrow I’ll install my trail markers,
and hopefully it will dry up enough to do some riding. My markers are installed, but it rained again
last night. According to the weather it’ll rain again
today, but dry up by tomorrow afternoon. By then, I’ll have some visitors to ride
the trails with. My friends Brian and Alexander came by and
helped me break in the trail. We had a lot of fun, and even encountered
some challenges. I almost flew into the creek. Now that the trails are worn in there are
some things I’d like to change, and add, but all in all I think Berm Creek is off to
a good start. The real purpose of these trails is for testing. When making adjustments to a bike, I can have
a quick romp to make sure everything feels right. You could say that these trails are just an
extension of my shop. What do you guys think? Have any of you built something like this
in your yard? Do you maintain trails in your community? Let me know in the comments, and give me some
insight into what to do next. Thanks for riding with me today and I’ll
see you next time.

100 Comments

tjala nguyen

Jan 1, 2019, 5:46 am Reply

hey seth im a huge fan of yours and was thinking you could build a wall ride somewhere? possibly the original berm

big baz

Jan 1, 2019, 11:03 am Reply

RIP sapling 1:03

Robert Skateboard

Jan 1, 2019, 12:20 am Reply

Thank you so much!!! Now because of you I am going to make a trail in my yard . If you are ever in NY stop by and if you want help.

granddolph

Feb 2, 2019, 1:05 pm Reply

HOLY !! 6:00 thats a wicked stack!

Bagua Gaming

Feb 2, 2019, 4:20 am Reply

1:05 rip plant

Blizzard biter

Feb 2, 2019, 1:38 am Reply

How do you ride a mountain bike out here in El Paso Texas without popping a tire?.

Darcy Peel

Feb 2, 2019, 7:39 am Reply

I used to have a full pump track at my house

Dhruv Bhanushali

Feb 2, 2019, 4:53 am Reply

Whats your name

Clayton Davenport

Feb 2, 2019, 12:55 pm Reply

The most wholesome mountain biker alive

Mr salmon Jaxson

Feb 2, 2019, 5:10 pm Reply

Is it legal to build trails in your local dog park

Kahlib Fischer

Feb 2, 2019, 3:27 am Reply

I put some trails in my backyard, and am, at present, too scared to do most of them. 🙂

Cinefilm Productions

Mar 3, 2019, 3:01 am Reply

You misspelled recommend on the map.

The biking Cubers

Mar 3, 2019, 8:47 pm Reply

I have a forest getting some ideas ??

the stricker o6

Mar 3, 2019, 10:26 pm Reply

I've built an RC and bike track in my front yard

Matt and Todd fishing

Mar 3, 2019, 9:47 pm Reply

I have built and extend and maintain a small bike park with my friends

Mia Marie Bunny

Mar 3, 2019, 9:52 pm Reply

Seth I’m building my own backyard trail! You have inspired me so much and it’s my dream to have you ride it some day!

FlamingCows2

Mar 3, 2019, 7:04 am Reply

Build a gap jump

James Welsh

Mar 3, 2019, 2:52 pm Reply

Can you link to where you got the stickers and marker please?
I've got a half mile unkept trail next to my house I want to fix up.

A B Bikes Cars N’ Guitars

Mar 3, 2019, 11:52 am Reply

3:10 for Christ’s sake Seth, get the blade going first. It’s breaking because you’re putting the first stroke up against it.

Unscarred

Mar 3, 2019, 1:37 pm Reply

That’s awesome!

Braden Brown

Mar 3, 2019, 9:27 pm Reply

Make a bike that can transport material

That boy David

Mar 3, 2019, 1:49 am Reply

Seth’s barbecue and foot massage

Vic

Mar 3, 2019, 1:56 pm Reply

I know its a bit late but if youre using a jigsaw start hem til he gets its rpm and then go over the object you want to cut.

Trish Webb

Mar 3, 2019, 11:39 pm Reply

Dude great trail

My Frequencies

Apr 4, 2019, 9:24 pm Reply

5:57 – ouch!
6:02 – HOLY SHIT!

Home Sj2410

Apr 4, 2019, 2:06 am Reply

me and my dad and my pop and my dog built a little cabin in our backyard about 5 years ago

Tony Cornea

Apr 4, 2019, 6:46 am Reply

We have a 30 hectares of land in our province
This is going to be a massive work.: any suggestions ?

RinxArt

Apr 4, 2019, 12:50 am Reply

I live in Macedon Ranges which is in Victoria, Australia and around Woodend they have at least over 100 km of MTB trails.

Félix-Antoine Couture

Apr 4, 2019, 4:46 am Reply

3:21 what is this ugly thing on the top of the wood.

Andrew

Apr 4, 2019, 6:58 pm Reply

New Favorite Series. Noooo, only 8!

beabeablakeboy 1234

Apr 4, 2019, 2:41 am Reply

Try to biuld a trial

William John Trumper McGregor

Apr 4, 2019, 6:13 am Reply

you shoudk build it into the bush and make some gnarly jumps yeww

Quinn

Apr 4, 2019, 4:33 am Reply

1:03 just runs that tree right over

Nae Nae’d

Apr 4, 2019, 2:16 pm Reply

Are we all gonna ignore the friendly little spider on top of the trail map at 3:21

ClutterBoyFilms

Apr 4, 2019, 2:18 am Reply

3:07 The Fuck

Potato Credits

Apr 4, 2019, 12:34 pm Reply

I am building a trail in the woods near me

myung woo kim

Apr 4, 2019, 10:22 pm Reply

I love how you full send everything haha

myung woo kim

Apr 4, 2019, 10:23 pm Reply

U should add a wall ride!!

Geekster

Apr 4, 2019, 2:35 am Reply

I'm currently building a backyard trail taking inspiration from you, exsept mine isn't for testing

Hockeyman 62

Apr 4, 2019, 12:50 am Reply

I ride BMX but still enjoy the vids

Mellow Jellow5678

Apr 4, 2019, 4:49 am Reply

Your actually lucky your backyard was made for this ?

Vectriix

Apr 4, 2019, 5:09 pm Reply

What kinda bike does he have?

Vassily Sketch Courtelian

Apr 4, 2019, 8:36 pm Reply

Were have you buy your stickers?

Eat Sleep Sports

Apr 4, 2019, 6:52 pm Reply

I can’t stop watching the berm creek vid you made me build my own trails and wooden features, we subbed

Davish Lamburnt

Apr 4, 2019, 7:40 pm Reply

That's cool. I need to do this. Plus we have a ranch I've been eyeballing cattle trails on.

Ben s vlogs and gaming

May 5, 2019, 6:01 pm Reply

Anyone here in 2019 to see how far berm creek has come? Sad to hear that the house is being sold but I know Seth won’t fail to impress us with berm creek 2.0 haha

damian68

May 5, 2019, 1:00 am Reply

Have you ever went threw Halifax

Wreathzzz

May 5, 2019, 3:28 pm Reply

idk why i didn’t see this video till 2019 but now i am building my own backyard trail!

Malwin Reinhardt

May 5, 2019, 3:34 pm Reply

I built a pumptrack in my garden

Bluetornado 702

May 5, 2019, 7:12 pm Reply

Does anyone still use coax climb

Taylor Kennedy

May 5, 2019, 11:41 am Reply

I have watched this vid so many times I love this trial so much and it would be my dream to ride it but I'm only 12 he is selling his house next year and I don't have a great bike but I love to try and make small replicas in the forest next to me but it never really works out love your vids keep it up and I hope u build a new trial at your new house ?

The Random Pig

May 5, 2019, 2:34 am Reply

hi i am looking for a mountain bike and am wondering if you could do a video on getting a used bike, or show how to find a good used bike for a good deal. My budget is under 300 and i want to know if i can find a used bike, or if it would be cheeper to build one out of used parts

Trevor Isackson

May 5, 2019, 4:26 pm Reply

I have a dirt bike track in my yard but it is a lot harder to manage and it’s a big one I have like 18 acres so there is a lot of jumps and more but I also people come out every two weeks and help me

Bodie B

May 5, 2019, 6:15 pm Reply

You should build a bridge over the creek

TheCatGaming

Jun 6, 2019, 11:23 am Reply

1:03 R.I.P plant

George Carro

Jun 6, 2019, 4:21 pm Reply

My friends and I we're trying to build a bike trail but we don't have any idea how to make it, your video helped us and now we're going to build it next weekend. Thanks!

Ryker Carlson

Jun 6, 2019, 2:04 am Reply

Listen carefully with headphones at 3:12

Sam Bays

Jun 6, 2019, 9:56 am Reply

As a part of your workshop I'd say its excellent!

Sasha Ciochina

Jun 6, 2019, 9:19 am Reply

Who the fuck dislikes these types of videos?! About a guy making and maintaining a personal trail around his house and inviting people to try it………..

Blaze Watson

Jun 6, 2019, 2:52 am Reply

Anyone else notice the spider at 3:20?

Pho

Jun 6, 2019, 3:25 am Reply

3:22 anyone notice that spider?

Phillip Séguin

Jun 6, 2019, 10:42 pm Reply

I love your videos I love you

Carson Mcclintic

Jul 7, 2019, 3:22 pm Reply

I ride motocross but this is pretty cool.

ajv9912

Jul 7, 2019, 7:46 pm Reply

Did anyone else notice the huge spider 3:21 – 3:23

Alyson Burns

Jul 7, 2019, 6:18 pm Reply

You expired me and my neighbor to get in to mountain biking

Bob Jeff

Jul 7, 2019, 6:11 am Reply

So there’s two levels to My property and there is a hill going from one level to another and the hill is covered in Trees. So I built a trail going through it

Evan Heidingsfelder

Jul 7, 2019, 9:57 pm Reply

At 6:38 no, but i'm about to

Hubba Field

Jul 7, 2019, 6:18 am Reply

Ya I have a dirtbike track in my backyard

Stuart Pilling

Jul 7, 2019, 6:02 pm Reply

I'm lucky as there is a wildlife corridor behind my house where some kids have built trails through. Not bad for a couple of kids.

Ahmed Hissam

Jul 7, 2019, 3:51 pm Reply

Open a medical shop beside the trail. It would go well…

Sopasboyz

Jul 7, 2019, 5:59 am Reply

watch this video before going to bed. relaxing

Chad Pink – ZillaFitness

Aug 8, 2019, 4:02 pm Reply

I'm so doing this at my cabin next summer! I'll have to cut through a ton of thick brush but that will part of the fun. Thanks for the inspiration!

Alex Reinkemeyer

Aug 8, 2019, 2:50 pm Reply

Who else is here when Seth got his new house

antoni lopez

Aug 8, 2019, 9:40 am Reply

this was a great trail, ilove it

MASON DUNLAP – STUDENT

Aug 8, 2019, 6:31 pm Reply

I have a whole mtn bike park in backyard it would be awesome if u came for a vid, have jumps, birms, and many more

Hard Fought Victory

Aug 8, 2019, 5:40 am Reply

I wish I had something like that in my backyard but I ride a dirt bike so not a lot of space but I like watching stuff like this to so good work guy ???

10,000 subscribers without any videos

Aug 8, 2019, 8:29 pm Reply

Tbh he probably built this more for youtube than for riding

Camden Waugh

Aug 8, 2019, 5:23 pm Reply

I made trails in my yard

Drew Bair

Aug 8, 2019, 2:29 am Reply

Anyone watching this from the playlist he posted in 2019?

Joe Phillips

Aug 8, 2019, 7:06 pm Reply

Thanks for the inspiration – already making my first cuts! Putting my 6 yr old to work as well!

Inside Rider

Aug 8, 2019, 3:23 am Reply

JUST STARTED BUILDING A MINI PARK IN MY YARD! IM STOKED! Do you have any advice for drainage?

Hunter Ludovicy

Aug 8, 2019, 9:29 pm Reply

0:38 good save man!

Isabelle Gemma

Aug 8, 2019, 2:01 am Reply

Love the drone shots

DREW JENSEN

Aug 8, 2019, 11:08 pm Reply

I SUBSCRIBED AND FOLLOW VIDEOS I HAVE A TRAIL THAT I BUILT.

SuffuFFaffiss

Sep 9, 2019, 6:42 pm Reply

You're supposed to start any kind of saw off the material you're cutting. The jigsaw may have worked fine

Dragon Ball Z

Sep 9, 2019, 9:09 pm Reply

Hello everyone, could someone tell me which editor he used to make the map and the others 2:32?

David Paff

Sep 9, 2019, 3:26 am Reply

nice, about 1982, I built up a pump track for BMX on a corner of our 10 acres in Michigan. Back then was different and only my friends knew about it. It got some ride time but most importantly, I built it and that was an education in itself.

Carson Almy

Sep 9, 2019, 3:51 am Reply

i made a trail

techos32

Sep 9, 2019, 5:27 pm Reply

Love all your videos!!

Spanish Peak Productions

Sep 9, 2019, 9:25 pm Reply

no dig no ride

Jurgen Kuhne

Sep 9, 2019, 8:03 pm Reply

Fantastic trail in your backyard! What is your thought on using a full face helmet with neck brace for general MTB? Two persons I know had a very bad accidents and have broken their necks. You had one big fall there.

Pedestal fan

Sep 9, 2019, 10:11 am Reply

Subscribed because of the honesty in failure, this is real material.

Wayne Gordon

Sep 9, 2019, 1:37 am Reply

Is it publicly?

SagNeinZurDreifaltigkeit SagNeinZurDreifaltigkeit

Sep 9, 2019, 4:07 am Reply

@ 1:17 "And it's too muddy to climb…", try it with a fatbike!

Animal 800

Sep 9, 2019, 4:03 pm Reply

So old

Heidi Seely

Oct 10, 2019, 7:43 pm Reply

we have built trails

Politicus Rex

Oct 10, 2019, 12:20 am Reply

I just paid a couple teens on motorcycles to ride my land. They were experienced motocross riders and did a great job. Unfortunately I had to relocate because of my job. I miss that place.

paul ekka

Oct 10, 2019, 4:25 pm Reply

wow..i think so i have enough creek and plains to make my own trails..i m gonna make my own too..this looks awesome…thanks for the idea

Nathan Thir

Oct 10, 2019, 9:46 pm Reply

I made a lot of jumps in my back yard

The Finisher

Oct 10, 2019, 1:58 am Reply

I copied this video tried to build a berm in my back yard butt since we don’t live on acreage I got in a little bit of trouble

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