1.2 miles
Distance
11 ft
Climb
-715 ft
Descent
00:10:52
Avg time
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Half Nelson Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
  • Riding Area
    Diamond Head
    Squamish, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    May - October
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Jump
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #2 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in E-Biking

One of Squamish's most popular trails is basically a 2km downhill pumptrack. A beginner/intermediate/advanced trail built by Big Red Ted Tempany and a cadre of local volunteers.

Not only is it Squamish’s first government-funded mountain bike trail, it is also being built with a mini-excavator and an eye for sustainability as its essential tools.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Half Nelson mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -704 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,139 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,843 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,843 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,138 ft
  • Grade
    -11.2%
  • Grade max
    -40.5%
  • Grade min
    12.9%
  • Distance climb
    177 ft
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    217 ft
  • Avg time
    00:10:52
  • Avg reverse time
    00:15:14
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Status:
on May 15, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 4.6 (245 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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      Half Nelson Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      May 15, 2021 @ 9:37am
      2 days
      I little dry at the top, but otherwise running very well.
      May 14, 2021 @ 6:36am
      3 days
      From the entrance, the third ladder-bridge still has two rungs broken; the fourth bridge has one rung broken.
      May 2, 2021 @ 7:15pm
      May 2, 2021
      Perfectly tacky and hard packed
      Apr 24, 2021 @ 2:35pm
      Apr 24, 2021
      Apr 18, 2021 @ 11:47pm
      Apr 18, 2021
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 105 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 1,252 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 10,030 rides
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      Photos

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      Feb 5, 2021 @ 1:35pm
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      Nov 3, 2016 @ 2:25pm
      Nov 3, 2016
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      Mar 17, 2016 @ 11:33pm
      Mar 17, 2016
      1,620 |
      Nov 5, 2014 @ 12:27pm
      Nov 5, 2014
      | 1 comments

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      Trail Products

      16 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      JCKrahn (Aug 14, 2015 at 13:59)
       Fun and flowy
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      JGATBC (Jul 4, 2018 at 12:54)
       Amazing!! 10 out of 10!!!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      webermtb (Aug 22, 2018 at 20:41)
       Awesome trail! Very flowy but with some step sections. The berms si good. Recommended!
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      dato-mogo (Mar 14, 2019 at 6:38)
       Does the ride up to the Half Nelson trail head takes 1 full hour?
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      DMal SHORE CORPS (Mar 14, 2019 at 7:21)
       www.trailforks.com/trails/ring-creek-access-road - Average time if you climb the road looks to be about 30 minutes.

      www.trailforks.com/trails/climb-trail--stl-lhalem-sintl-3075 - 40 minutes if you take the climbing trail.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      dato-mogo (Mar 21, 2019 at 2:45)
       Thank you so much. We’ll be there end July spending four days trailing the world renown Squamish Trails
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      dato-mogo (Mar 21, 2019 at 2:48)
       To safe time and to maximise the time that we have(4 days), what are the best trial combination?
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      DHscott20 (May 4, 2019 at 22:44)
       Super fun hard pack fast conditions, hats off to the trails crews
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Trailblazer99 (Jul 16, 2019 at 22:56)
       A must ride trail in Squamish!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      toriwood (Nov 13, 2019 at 10:00)
       Trueeee down !! Half way after the new section and before the big bridge
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      twowheeledwanderer (Nov 14, 2019 at 11:13)
       Half Nelson is in my top 8 favorite trails in Squamish. Fast, flowy, and super fun! The other seven are:
      twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/my-8-favorite-mountain-bike-trails-in-squamish-bc
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Timpowers (Jun 18, 2020 at 15:02)
       One of the funnest trails I have ridden
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      whyapinkbike (Jul 10, 2020 at 15:43)
       Just when I thought it could not get any better, SORCA and Dream Wizards have added even more! IIRC it was last year when they bermed a tight turn which had, till then, a caution sign of some sort; I'd found myself slowing to a stop, on some occasions. Now, the area after that (which IIRC is near the covered bridge) has been turned into a maze of berms, a la the new additions to Pseudo Tsuga III. Great work. Positively orgasmic!
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      eresc (Aug 4, 2020 at 15:28)
       I was there on Sunday, and there was a sign saying that the trail is closed for construction. Asked to use Recycle instead.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      bigredted SORCA (Sep 6, 2020 at 7:45)
       Thanks for all the positive feedback on the trail work. So many people have asked how to contribute directly to the Half Nelson improvements. This is a link to a goFundMe page. gf.me/u/ywg66u
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flipfantasia WORCA (Sep 6, 2020 at 8:06)
       done and done, thanks for all your efforts over the years and to come, Ted!
      [Reply]

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