Distance: 690 m
Time: 3 – 10 min
Elevation Gain: 0 m
Elevation Loss: 74 m
Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Easy
Season: Year round; weather dependent
Permit Required: SORCA trail pass
The name of the trail is a bit misleading. Full Nelson starts almost 100 m in elevation lower than Half Nelson and enters Half Nelson’s bottom half. This makes riding Full Nelson and the lower part of Half Nelson smaller in both distance and elevation loss. However, the trail is loads of fun to rip down. Expect more of the same jumps and berms found on Half Nelson. All very flowy and some bigger than found on Half Nelson, yet all are rollable for the intermediate rider. What’s great about this trail is that anyone can ride it and going big is fully dependent on your skill level. Whistler Bike Park’s famous A-Line flow run comes to mind when flying down this trail.
Full Nelson is a great add on to Cakewalk. When finishing your ride down Cakewalk, turn right onto the logging road and push/ride your bike up to the trailhead for Full Nelson, about ½ kilometre up the doubletrack. From Full Nelson you’ll descend down to the lower half of Half Nelson, eventually spitting out at the Half Nelson parking lot.
TRAILHEAD | N49 44.373 W123 03.212
There are several ways to access Full Nelson. The easiest is by riding Cakewalk, turning right onto the logging road where the trail spits out and riding/pushing up for about ½ km to the trailhead for Full Nelson.
Alternatively, you may choose to climb the Legacy Trail (Climb) up to the trailhead for Full Nelson, right from the Legacy Trail parking lot located on Garibaldi Park Road.
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