Yeah that's nothing new for slammin' balls trail! I've seen it time and time again (no helmet). And I think I remember seeing somewhere in some old trail book..."100 mountain bike trails" or something like that, that they say its for beginner to intermediate riders. I've always disagreed with that statement as well...the beginning of that trail is really not for beginners...but once you're past the death from shear drop-off section its not terrible I guess. And I guess it depends on how far you go and what route too.