Full Nelson

Add some steepness and speed to your flow trail rip with the Full Nelson drop in.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
4.7 km
Ascent
206 m
Descent
206 m
Low Point
323 m
High Point
495 m
Gradient
16˚
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Full Nelson Map

Description

Half Nelson is one of the most famous flow trails—and indeed, mountain bike trails—in the world. But it’s just one of many potential routes in the greater Diamond Head area. For a steeper, faster flow trail romp, take the option to drop into Full Nelson.

Full Nelson is graded more steeply than Half, with steeper, faster berms, and bigger, more committed double jumps. Be sure to scope the doubles before you send them, as a few of the gaps mean business!

For some reason, Full Nelson gets much less traffic than Half Nelson, meaning the dirt is much smoother, with fewer braking bumps. This high-speed berm surfing will allow you to access a flow state instantaneously!

Since Full Nelson drops off the climbing trail earlier than Half, the overall descent is a bit shorter. However, this singletrack option does drop into Half Nelson about halfway down, providing access to the biggest berms of the entire network! Lower Half Nelson is a true gem that can’t be missed, so be sure to continue following the singletrack all the way back down to the dirt road.

With such short lap distances, it’s only natural to want to pedal back up again and again and again! For a quality flow trail day, be sure to pedal at least a double loop, dropping both Half Nelson and Full Nelson… and making sure you do lower Half Nelson both times. To add a bit of tech to your day, consider Angry Midget or Ditch Pig (mapped separately).

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Flow
  • Singletrack
  • Jumps
  • Roots
  • Gap Jumps
  • Tabletops
  • Rock Gardens
  • Wooden Feature

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