Backyard MTB Trails with “Sicknic Table” – Berm Creek Upgrades

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Last May, I built some singletrack in my back
yard. The trails were ridiculously short, shoddily
built, and kind of pointless as viewed from an outsider. Nevertheless the trails had names, there was
shreddy little berm at the bottom, and we managed to have fun there. I dubbed this mini trail system, Berm Creek. A few months later I visited the Pacific Northwest,
and came back craving wooden features. Thus, the North Shore drop was added at the
very top of Berm Creek. We named it the Drama Drop, after Drama. The North Shore drop quickly became a big
part of the channel, as I used it any time I tested a new bike or part. But despite using the North Shore drop fairly
often, the rest of Berm Creek has been somewhat neglected. Today, that’s gonna change. For starters, I cleaned up the landing to
the North Shore drop, making it a bit wider and more consistent. There were also a few drainage issues starting
with this pipe that empties directly on to Berm Creek. To solve this problem I dug a trench across
the trail, extended the pipe about 15 feet, and buttoned it back up. Later this spring, there should be some wildflowers
in the spot I dug up. My weed whacker has become one of my favorite
trail grooming tools, as it cuts away vegetation effortlessly and does a good job of marking
sections of trail I want to cut. I used it to mark this turn after the drainage
pipe, making it wider and swoopier. We’ll get back to that. I had some other repairs to do like the widening
of goodman ledge. And some adjustments to this switchback. Although it’s not technically a switchback. As a result of all the adjustments and repairs
I made, there was a fair bit of extra dirt to work with. So, I used it to make a new berm after the
drainage pipe. The berm that comes after the North Shore
drop is small and shreddy, just how I like it. After that, you need to slam on your brakes. This new berm would help to rectify that problem. I started by roughly piling up the dirt along
the section of trail I had marked. I then used the shovel to cut into the ground,
and the rake give it some shape. Compact, rinse, repeat. A berm was born. Another thing I’ve been meaning to do is
move the trailhead sign into the back yard. It attracts too much attention in the front,
as if a North Shore drop wasn’t bad enough. Also at the new trailhead is a place to keep
my tools organized. Yes I leave this stuff outside, which is what
a lot of trail builders do. It’s gonna rust and I don’t mind. With all of berm creek’s drainage issues
solved and the addition of this berm, I could focus less pressing issues, like the lack
of any good place to hang out here. I find myself sitting in the dirt, and putting
my stuff on the ground here. Berm Creek needed a picnic table. I wanted to build something high up on Berm
Creek so that it would overlook the rest of the trail. With a lack of any level surface to build
on, I’d need to be creative. So I began construction on the Sicknic table,
the sickest picnic table ever built. I started with two 4×4 posts that would support
the higher side of the table. Naturally, I dug them into the ground and
used concrete mix to hold them in place. I used lag bolts to fasten the cross supports,
which would hold the bench and table top. From there, I got to work leveling the supports
on the other side, which would sit directly on the ground with a 4×4 anchoring them in
place. I’m sure there’s a quick and easy way
to do all of this, but my method was to keep adjusting things little by little until they
were all level. Welcome to panda slopes picnic area, a picnic
area on a 45% grade. It’s a place to take a breather, where pups
can walk directly on to the surface you eat on. The next morning I needed to get the shop
and the trails in tip top shape, because company was on the way. The new and improved Berm Creek was about
to get put to the test. For a place called Berm Creek, the berms sure
are small, but that’s how I like ‘em. Small berms are more challenging. They require precision to ride at speed. With each change we make to this berm it can
be ridden faster and faster, without making it big, wide, and boring. As for the rest of Berm Creek, it’s a work
in progress too. With limited space, steep slopes, and the
fact that it has to sort of resemble a back yard, my trails are constrained in many ways. But that only results in more creative solutions
like the sicknic table. This has changed the entire feeling of berm
creek, giving it a central location where everyone hangs out and puts their stuff. With the latest changes to berm creek, I’m
more inspired than ever to put time into it, but for the next month I’ll be working on
a different project: Alexander’s Van. We’re going to convert this into his full
time living space, which means we’re gonna be building a lot more stuff in the coming
weeks. Make sure you subscribe to the singletrack
sampler to follow this build, and of course, stay tuned on my channel for van build videos
as well. Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll
see you next time.


Biking With Panda · April 6, 2018 at 11:50 pm

really glad I sponsored this thing and gave you full creative freedom, you come up with some amazing stuff, seth! keep diggin!

Teagan Gregg · September 24, 2018 at 9:47 am

What are you going to do on the millionth subscriber day?

Lexi Jacobs · September 24, 2018 at 8:02 pm


Howtovids Mitchell · September 26, 2018 at 4:53 am

This is soooooo cool love ur bids keep it up

WEB · September 28, 2018 at 8:48 pm

good job….I approve this message……

Casper · September 29, 2018 at 12:26 pm

Pls use the picknick table as a drop

YeetYeetPotataSkeet · September 29, 2018 at 5:32 pm

Seth what type of tools do you use?

funny mart · September 29, 2018 at 7:27 pm

Build a little ramp over the trench

Travis Hebert · October 4, 2018 at 5:17 am

can we give this man a medal?

david paradine · October 5, 2018 at 4:32 pm

I don’t even ride and I’m hooked on your videos. You’re the man!

Keshawn Savage · October 6, 2018 at 4:33 pm

So we jus finna sit here and act like the dog wasn't chasing him 6:30

PS4 Gaming Pro · October 6, 2018 at 7:05 pm

I feel sorry for the dog cos he runs so much behind them

I go ZzZz you go ZzZz · October 8, 2018 at 1:35 am

Try and get some bmx pros to rode the drama drop

ashtonpreston1 · October 8, 2018 at 10:59 am

I sawed that you use flat peedels

Lindsey Mowrey · October 12, 2018 at 12:24 am

Pete that picnic table you built and made it make it into your Trail that would be the most sick thing to jump off of on a bike

Matt Porter · October 12, 2018 at 10:51 pm

Dude those trails are narly

Frandi Axl · October 13, 2018 at 12:48 pm

😱 Si amang ieu jagoan pisan,jeung bisaan nyieun trackna huy… Mantap mang 👌👍🍻

Joe Dillier · October 15, 2018 at 10:21 am

nice flip phone

Renda238 · October 18, 2018 at 6:44 pm

make the bottom berm bigger so you can use it as a quater pipe

bacho gaming · October 20, 2018 at 4:26 pm

good youtuber

Nick Austin · October 25, 2018 at 1:23 am

I Admire Your Passion Sir 🙂

Jake Cremean · October 30, 2018 at 2:13 am

when i was a kid i got excited about this tiny wooden ramp we built to jump our walmart bmx bikes lol. this is sick. i wonder what the neighbor thinks looking off their back porch and seeing you working on this

Joseph D · November 1, 2018 at 11:00 pm

Hey seth, been a sub for 2 yrs now. Didya move? Doesn't look like Florida to me. You're in NC now?

MUSTAPHA MUSTAPHA · November 2, 2018 at 11:38 pm

مبدع .

Rot05 · November 6, 2018 at 1:05 am

Glad to see your settling into NC quite nicely.

Mountainbike Bonn · November 6, 2018 at 2:35 pm

I like the trail but it's a bit small, you need somer jumps

Meles Meles · November 7, 2018 at 6:29 am

Make that track a bit wider and you can have dual use… RC trucks…

Camden Heffernan · November 8, 2018 at 3:57 am

You could probably fit a gap on that trail

BoldenTube · November 10, 2018 at 3:05 am

Get a bad bike from Walmart and ride through creeks

Kampf. · November 11, 2018 at 2:49 am

You should make another trail. Not sure on how big your backyard goes but take advantage of it. After the drop on the “sick”nic table you should have a bridge like thing with another wooden skinny going down into that ditch area I’ve seen.

Day See's · November 12, 2018 at 1:36 am

Message: Acton

FB I · November 14, 2018 at 1:24 am


The ROBLOX guy · November 20, 2018 at 8:14 am

4:47 looks like a bench

Oh wait ………it is

Player Inc. · November 24, 2018 at 11:06 am


Louis Streifler · November 24, 2018 at 9:42 pm

Alex literally live in a van

The biking Cubers · December 9, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Is a sicnik
Table a real thing

GniAggeYr · December 10, 2018 at 9:09 am

5:15 what's this symphony called??

Evan G · December 14, 2018 at 6:32 pm


AlrezGarage 904 · December 23, 2018 at 7:06 am

Imagine a cr250 or a kx100 ridden on this

Planespotter PWM · December 24, 2018 at 5:21 pm

Is his profile picture grumpy because he doesn’t have a girlfriend

Chase McLaughlin · December 25, 2018 at 8:01 pm

Anyone know the song at 6:21?

Logan Sabol · December 29, 2018 at 2:08 pm

6:36 “Small is how I like um”

S0n0f4n4rchy · December 29, 2018 at 7:36 pm

Sorry Seth but 5:45 everyone

Toontjuh · January 11, 2019 at 6:21 am

Seth, amazing video keep building, i have a question: do you ever tought about a wall ride. That would be sick!

Jacob Henderson · January 15, 2019 at 11:40 pm

That is not how you pour concrete m8

Bashir Ahmad · January 20, 2019 at 6:27 am

Hi friend

Julio Aragao · January 27, 2019 at 5:18 pm

I notice Drama eating grass in almost every video he appears… that might be stomach ache (or so my grandpa told me haha) 🙂

The Dr of Mega Random · February 4, 2019 at 7:23 am

I love watching your videos keep it up and please do another win video

Patrick cahill · February 7, 2019 at 12:42 pm

Its way easier to make a trail in the woods. I have one.

Pricey Jr · February 7, 2019 at 8:16 pm

Where's drama

erik sedd · February 15, 2019 at 12:06 am

mayb try a root section

Teddy Games · March 2, 2019 at 4:48 pm

this helped me so much i have my own back yard trail and bought my new Mountain bike and it works fine its just on one of the birms the dirt clapsed when i went over meaning i made it to high so i watched your video and made it so much better

David Amora · March 5, 2019 at 2:08 am

Nice backyard seth!

Elliott Newman · March 6, 2019 at 3:33 pm

You should back the trail over the sicknick table as a jump/jap/tabletop

Collin Cordery · March 10, 2019 at 3:22 am

Someone needs to 3 the drop in.

Austin Nielson · March 14, 2019 at 4:12 pm

you must be a super hard worker to do all of that in one day

Charologist E · March 14, 2019 at 8:59 pm

What’s that plastic thing that you used to pat down the dirt

Wendy Guilbeau · March 23, 2019 at 3:05 pm

You got me motivated to build dirt features in my backyard✌For now keep riding bikes🚴!!

Def Tones · March 25, 2019 at 12:16 am

cant open lid to ice box… fail

Paulcostan3 Costan · March 25, 2019 at 9:00 am

Mother: son go outside stop playing Minecraft

Me:"this guy"

classicjag76 · March 27, 2019 at 3:40 pm

Where were those bums when you were building this thing? Nice job with a small space. I have 30 acres, come help me build some trails and let's ride.

O BELUGÃO RAMALHO · March 27, 2019 at 4:24 pm

My dream house😲😲😲😄😄✌❤

Seth Goff · March 31, 2019 at 5:50 am

Hmmmmmm… my older clone?

As Qw · April 2, 2019 at 7:14 pm

you got so much spare time

Aidro Lol · April 4, 2019 at 1:10 pm

I don’t really do scary bike stuff, but this is nice to watch

Gh0StF1sH · April 7, 2019 at 5:59 am

I maybe would've used PT 4×4's- or made sure that the non treated ones were only contacting concrete, largely for attempting to defeat rot. – it looked like those 4×4's were probably in contact with dirt.

Edit: This whole backyard trail building series is awesome; keep it up!

yellowveedub · April 11, 2019 at 2:58 am

Human Bobcat

OpE Clan · April 12, 2019 at 10:53 pm

I love the brickleberry music😂

TKB · April 13, 2019 at 8:27 pm

One day, either you or the next owner will purchase surrounding properties and create a bigger, larger version of Berm Creek.

Tinted Ferrari · April 16, 2019 at 2:34 am


Qvist · April 16, 2019 at 8:36 pm

what a cool build

Hunter Mullins · April 20, 2019 at 3:47 am

Rode motor cross growing up don’t even mountain bike and for some reason I can’t stop watching these lol

90's a sister fucker · April 22, 2019 at 5:55 pm

You have inspired me so much that I have sketched a bike park for my backyard that I will build this summer

Geekster · April 23, 2019 at 2:57 am

0:48 "the rest of berm creek has kinda been neglected, but today, that's all gonna change"(cuts to him working on burm creek.)

thps5 god · April 23, 2019 at 5:14 am

Your dog in the background was like what's dad doing PS build a dirt jump on Goodman ledge

Heather Park · May 1, 2019 at 10:36 pm

you got a new dog ? becuse i liked the other dog also and this one.

rose smith · May 2, 2019 at 12:34 pm

dont you get bored going around and around on the same trail in a small backyard?

Yt pancreas · May 2, 2019 at 11:19 pm

Rip Berm Creek😿😿

Jo earwaker · May 3, 2019 at 8:12 pm


Cube Corner · May 4, 2019 at 2:44 am

U gonna leave the sicknic table now that ur selling

purple Dino · May 7, 2019 at 8:09 am

You sir is a creative man

Frag Z · May 12, 2019 at 6:08 am

What bike do you recommend for kids

brianmallow 321 · May 16, 2019 at 9:45 pm

Bro you inspired me to make my own bike trail

Andrew smyt · May 20, 2019 at 1:19 pm

What's the song at 5:30

T-farts_Apparel · June 2, 2019 at 4:14 pm

I laughed when u said weed whacker not strimer XD

Kacper Arciszewski · June 6, 2019 at 6:26 pm


Anna Jerry · June 7, 2019 at 4:13 am

Add a race pls pls

Preston Braegger · June 14, 2019 at 4:53 am


PRX Korek · July 4, 2019 at 12:27 pm

Still waiting for a train gap

Kevin Gliebe · July 17, 2019 at 3:37 am

This is why you live in a neighborhood without an HOA.

Brandon31 · July 21, 2019 at 4:43 pm

3:35 When you hit an enderman once

Jackson Schneider · July 27, 2019 at 3:08 pm

what happened to coax climb

Jj Madrid · July 31, 2019 at 9:14 pm

Sheesh Seth really do love mtb, he spent money, time, and land to build this trail

DarbyLegacy · August 2, 2019 at 11:43 pm

Song at the end?

sullivan · August 9, 2019 at 6:11 pm

Love the sign at 0:36

Wade Skorupa · August 23, 2019 at 4:37 pm

Rip berm creek😭

Das Morbo · August 30, 2019 at 9:50 am

Über cool

Mtb Ghost · August 30, 2019 at 7:27 pm

Yep it’s not what people think it’s what u ride,how much u enjoy it and if u can do it
Always room for improvement

josiah smith · September 3, 2019 at 2:14 am

Where do you get thoses trail stickers, no atvs and horses?

M2R Airsoft · September 9, 2019 at 1:39 am

At my local trails there is a machine sitting out in the woods

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