December 30, 2011
This trail is a new fantastic addition to the Ross Prarie Santos area trails. It is pure intermediate flowy fun! There are a couple technical challenges, with a giant rock crossing that was tough to clear on my xc hardtail and a weird climb on a diggings pile with a hairpin corner around a tree and some sawgrass up top. Lots of rock gardens throughout with some big limestone hunks to dodge that can set you off your line. (carbon crank killers). The trail is fairly new and still needs to be broken in, packed down, and perfected, but whoever laid it out did a fantastic job of using all the terrain available to make the most fun. You can connect this with Nayl's trail east and west and the canal diggings loop to make a great 18 -20 mile out and back (depending on starting point) from either Ross Prarie campground or the 49th street trailhead. 49th st makes it easier with Nayl's west as a warmup to Ern n Burn both ways skipping the 1.3 mile yellow trail accessing Ross Prarie campground and continuing back on the slightly easier Nayl's east/yellow to cooldown on the way back. Coming from Ross Prarie is a bit longer and leaves you on the more strenuous section of Nayl's and Ern n burn when you are a bit more tired. Both options are a lot of fun and seem like more of a "trip" than connecting some of the sections of northeast Santos.
F.A.T.S., Balm-boyette, Chicopee