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Curious about Trail Conditions?

Even though we no longer live in Camp Nelson, we still make monthly visits and spend time riding and hiking on the local trails around Camp Nelson. Periodically, we'll report on conditons as things change with the weather, seasons, fires and any Forest Service restrictions that may affect your next visit.

Curious about trail conditions?

News: While it's technically Spring, it feels like Summer.

Report Date: March 28th, 2015

General Conditions

Nelson trail has been ridable for most of the Winter and Spring due to the California draught. There is very little snow on Slate Mountain and Jordan Peak. Bark beetles are making an impact to the area's pine trees and many can be seen as dead brown patches in especially dry areas on the mountain. It's another early biking season and dry conditions are likely soon, unless we get some April showers.

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 likely to have some patches of snow and could have a few down trees, but since the Winter was mild, it's likely very few.

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. The gate is still closed, and there is likely some snow patches along the trail. 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. We're taking a break this season, since it was a light snow year with very few storms.