1 miles
Distance
56 ft
Climb
-823 ft
Descent
00:12:12
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Half Nelson Trail

Half Nelson Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
  • Riding Area
    Diamond Head
    Squamish, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    May - October
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Jump
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #2 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in E-Biking

One of Squamish's most popular trails is basically a 3km 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
More Stats for Half Nelson bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -766 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,116 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,883 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,883 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,116 ft
  • Grade
    -11.414%
  • Grade max
    -47.666%
  • Grade min
    20.067%
  • Distance climb
    913 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    188 ft
  • Avg time
    00:12:12
  • Avg reverse time
    01:35:43
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Status:
on Dec 1, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.6 (207 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
Trail Ridden Direction
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  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular

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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Half Nelson Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Dec 1, 2019 @ 1:03pm
      Dec 1, 2019
      Nov 18, 2019 @ 7:41am
      Nov 18, 2019
      Tree cleared by Ted
      Nov 13, 2019 @ 10:01am
      Nov 13, 2019
      Tree down half way after the new section before the big bridge.
      Nov 10, 2019 @ 11:45am
      Nov 10, 2019
      Perfect conditions
      Oct 30, 2019 @ 6:39am
      Oct 30, 2019
      reporter Hole in bridge just below climb crossing
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 14 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 1,848 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 4,293 rides
      •  

      Photos

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      30 |
      Oct 12, 2019 @ 5:45pm
      Oct 12, 2019
      1,181 |
      Nov 3, 2016 @ 2:25pm
      Nov 3, 2016
      1,417 |
      Mar 17, 2016 @ 11:33pm
      Mar 17, 2016
      1,290 |
      Nov 5, 2014 @ 12:27pm
      Nov 5, 2014
      | 1 comments

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      Trail Products

      11 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      flag JCKrahn (Aug 14, 2015 at 13:59)
       Fun and flowy
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag JGATBC (Jul 4, 2018 at 12:54)
       Amazing!! 10 out of 10!!!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag webermtb (Aug 22, 2018 at 20:41)
       Awesome trail! Very flowy but with some step sections. The berms si good. Recommended!
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag MoGoRoslan (Mar 14, 2019 at 6:38)
       Does the ride up to the Half Nelson trail head takes 1 full hour?
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag 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
      flag MoGoRoslan (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
      flag MoGoRoslan (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
      flag DHscott20 (May 4, 2019 at 22:44)
       Super fun hard pack fast conditions, hats off to the trails crews
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Trailblazer99 (Jul 16, 2019 at 22:56)
       A must ride trail in Squamish!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag toriwood (Nov 13, 2019 at 10:00)
       Trueeee down !! Half way after the new section and before the big bridge
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag 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]

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