November 13, 2017
I am writing this review after we went looking for a recent review before riding it today and there was nothing, so here is the low down from a rider from South Florida-- where all the riding is super technical:
Lets get the negative out of the way first: there is sugar sand, you will encounter it at various places throughout this trail. Some spots of it are longer than others, some are short patches right at the bottom of drops that you might otherwise have chosen to jump but have concern for a sand landing. Its there, but its all rideable and creates an extra level of challenge. Riding sugar sand on corners and at the bottom of drop-offs is kind of like skiing ice, you have to go light and try not to make anything drastic in movements.
Now the rest. Nayles is 10 miles of pedaling, you never really stop pedaling. There are lots of roots, many of them are on sharp changes in the trail via drops or climbs. There are also a lot of narrow passages through trees.
I would sum this trail up like this: its fun and is as much of a challenge as you want it to be. If you press hard, the narrow spots can be a challenge, and even dangerous. You really have to think "skinny." Press hard on the roots and they are a challenge. You fight to stay upright, and I got knocked off on one large one that was right at the cusp of a sharp turn. I would call this a very "athletic" trail. It rewards an athletic attack, push hard keep the speed up on the climbs and downs- both of which are pretty gentle, but rooty enough to be challenging, and the trail will present itself as a challenge, 10 miles of constant pedaling challenge. Go slow and this trail will bore you.
For those of us from out of town who visit several times per year, this is a nice change from Vortex and Greenway trailhead, and one of the few places in Florida to get 10 miles of single track in one trail.
You will come out smiling.
None this long in Florida that is all singletrack