Nelson BC: Roots, Rocks, and Beer!

Nelson BC: Roots, Rocks, and Beer!

Nelson BC: Roots, Rocks, and Beer! Words: Tucker Braund Photos: Anders Samnoy, Ollie Jones, Thomas Nowaczynski Nelson and Kaslo BC have a historic flare both for their riding and brewing of beer. Over the last 20 years it would be hard to say that you haven’t seen the high-flying stunts and wild riding Nelson has to offer in a few movies or magazine photos. Today most of the ceiling high skinnies and ladder bridges are all but history hanging in the upper branches of the trees to remind us of those that forged Nelsons’ bike scene onto the world radar.  The trails in Nelson are not perfectly manicured, machine built “flow” trails people are getting all too familiar with. Instead, they are raw, natural, well-built, and will push you to be a better rider. With the emergence of four new breweries between Nelson and Kaslo, and more than 190 trails to choose from, Nelson is a mountain biking destination to be reckoned with. Nelson Brewing Company & Mountain Station Trails Easily accessed from downtown Baker Street by a short drive or pedal, Mountain Station is the local’s paradise for riding because of the plethora of trails ranging from Green circle to Double Black Diamond, right out the door. From the parking area you can start with a single track climb up Raccoon and Badger or you can grunt it up the forest road to your desired vertical but either way you are there for the awesome descents to come. Most people start with Eli Sim a blue square trail that incorporates almost everything that Nelson trails are, roots, rocks, techy...