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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).