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Camp Nelson Trail

Camp Nelson Trail

Trail Overview

The Nelson trail is ridden as a downhill with a shuttle, and it descends approximately 1,800' in five miles with a couple short climbs. The top two-thirds is more technical than the bottom third and this is the most popular trail in our area.

Typical ride time with shuttle: 30-60+ minutes

Trail Description

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.

Camp Nelson Shuttle
(Quaker Camp to SMA)

Full Nelson
(Quaker Camp to End of Nelson)

Top of Nelson Trail to SMA

Narrow rocky section on Camp Nelson Trail

John Furlog riding through the narrow rocky section on upper third of Camp Nelson Trail

Nelson trail rock

Rocks give you wings.

Big Red

Shidan jumping next to Big Red

Big Red

Big Red - front view

Big Red

Big Red - rear view

Little Red

Little Red

Betty's Mound

Bud airing over Betty's Mound with Jake following

Congressman David Valadao Riding Camp Nelson Trail for the first time!

Congressman David Valadao Riding Camp Nelson Trail for the first time!

Jeff Sherman riding the log crossing at the Wishbone tree

Jeff Sherman riding the log crossing at the Wishbone tree

Rear view of mountain bikers

Review of riders on Nelson Trail

Seven Shuttles on Camp Nelson Trail

A few of our best customers - Paul, Chris and Darren - have ridden Nelson seven times in one day! Paul is approaching 70 years old and he wants to beat his own record. Can you keep up with Paul?