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Curious about Trail Conditions?

We spend a lot of time on the local trails around Camp Nelson and will report on condiitons as things change with the weather, seasons, fires and any Forest Service restrictions that may affect your next visit.

Curious about trail conditions?

News: Summer is officially over and we're winding down for the season.

Report Date: August 30th, 2014

General Conditions

All trails are dry after summer riding season. Traction is great, but the thrid rider in a pack will get dusty. We recommend riding in groups of two and staging a minute or so between groups for the best riding experience.

Trail Conditions

See below for trail-specific conditions. For more information about each trail, click the image or text link to view each trail's page with a description, links to route maps on Strava and some of our favorite photos.

Camp Nelson Trail

Camp Nelson Trail Details

Bear Creek Trail

Bear Creek Trail Details

The Camp Nelson Trail is clear from debris with one large down tree shortly before the first creek crossing. The trail is still in great condition, as many riders have experienced this year, but will get better with some rain this fall. The Summit trail to Bear Creek Trail is dry and loose at the top, but overall in good condition. There are no more down trees across the trail including the Redwood Grove exit and the Coy Flat exit. Most of the trail is raked to remove sticks, pine needles and cones and the trail is in the best shape it's been in for years, although, the "Hooks Plank" drop literally disintegrated two days after our trail work, so this section must be walked.

Freeman Creek

Freeman Creek Trail Details

Summit Trail

Summit Trail - Jorda Peak Details

The Freeman Trail is is in good riding shape, with one down trees that doesn't block the trail, but does slow riders down to get around it. The trail is a lot of fun to ride as an out-and-back, although it's a bit soft right now due to cattle. The condition of Summit Trail from Jordan Peak is in good shape for a back country trail. Cows are on it now, so the lower part is a little soft. The trees that were down on the lower section just before Nelson have been removed, but there is some debris on the trail.

Needles Lookout

Needles Lookout Trail Details

Trail Maintenance

Trail Maintenance Details

The Needles Lookout tower burned down in 2011 and there are currently plans to rebuild the historical lookout. The gate to access the trail is open. Check back next Spring!