4 miles
Distance
480 ft
Climb
-2,289 ft
Descent
00:46:34
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Nelson Trail

Nelson Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Northern Sequoia National Forest
    Kernville, California
  • AKA
    Nelson
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Season
    April-December
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Drop, Jump
  • Global Ranking
    #3263 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

The top of the Camp Nelson trail is located right off highway 190 at the turn-out where the Summit Trail crosses the road. The trailhead is at the meadow/turn-out about 1/2-mile below Quaking Aspen Campground. The trail ends in the McIntyre Tract at the end of Nelson Drive in Camp Nelson. The uppersection of the trail is rocky, steep and there are a lot of roots, making it more difficult and technical than the lower section.
There are a couple small climbs and about a dozen creek crossings along the way. Some are ridable, others you must carry your bike across a fallen tree that spans the creek. Trail speed on Camp Nelson will put a big smile on your face, but be aware that this is the most popular trail in the area for all visitors and it's not unlikely to see a family hiking or a group of equestrians coming up the trail. This it the kind of trail that makes you want to do it again and again.

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More Stats for Nelson Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,809 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,073 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,891 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,883 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,073 ft
  • Grade max
    -49.351%
  • Grade min
    43.138%
  • Distance climb
    4,862 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    240 ft
  • Avg time
    00:46:34
  • Avg reverse time
    00:41:21
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Status:
on Aug 14, 2018
Dry
Avg: 5 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • Minor Issue / Yellow
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  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Sight Sight
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  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
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      Nelson Trail Trail Reports

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      Aug 14, 2018 @ 3:14pm
      Aug 14, 2018
      Very good condition. Very fun and flow. You realy will have fun.
      Aug 5, 2018 @ 1:27pm
      Aug 5, 2018
      Oct 25, 2017 @ 11:55am
      Oct 25, 2017
      Trail in excellent condition as of 10/20/2017
      May 29, 2017 @ 10:36pm
      May 29, 2017
      May 2, 2017 @ 1:58pm
      May 2, 2017
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 15 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
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      • 109 rides
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      Oct 8, 2018 @ 11:28pm
      Oct 8, 2018
      Nelson Trail, My City
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      Oct 8, 2018 @ 11:27pm
      Oct 8, 2018
      Nelson Trail, My City
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      Oct 8, 2018 @ 11:27pm
      Oct 8, 2018
      Nelson Trail, My City
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      Aug 17, 2018 @ 10:47am
      Aug 17, 2018
      Nelson Trail, Kernville

      Routes with this trail

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      Nelson Trail Shuttle
      5 miles

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag allzorzin (Aug 14, 2018 at 15:16)
       You really will have fun...
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