Camp Nelson Trail

For 2018, Chris and I made a pact to hike more. January proved to be both a stressful and busy month so Chris and I weren’t able to so. However, two weeks into February, we decided it was time for our second hike of the year. After seeing several photos of the Camp Nelson Trail on Instagram, Chris and I decided to check it out.

The drive to the trail took approximately an hour and a half. It didn’t seem long, but when we were on the last leg of the drive, it proved to be rather difficult. The roads were narrow and winding up a steep mountain. Eventually, Chris got really carsick and we had to pull over so he could get some air.

When we arrived at the trailhead, we actually weren’t too sure if were in the right spot because we were surrounded by abandoned cabins for the winter and a really tiny corner to park the car. Regardless, we parked and followed some rather sketchy orange arrows painted on some trees.

You’re probably thinking – “who follows arrows left on trees?! That’s a horror movie waiting to happen!“. Sorry to disappoint but half a mile in and we were greeted by the most beautiful little creek. Chris and I got off the path, climbed a few rocks, took some photos and enjoyed the view. Afterwards, we returned to the marked trail and continued our hike.

I think the highlights of this hike were definitely the unsteady bridges over water and the creek. We came across so many that it was enough to make the hike really enjoyable. Unfortunately, we didn’t finish the trail because I felt my blood sugars drop and we didn’t really carry enough protein-filled snacks with us. We turned around and made our way back to the car.

Despite that little convenience, we were still able to put in a good three miles for the day. On our drive back down, we actually stumbled upon a staircase that led to a pretty and quiet swimming hole where you could spend the day and have a picnic on some jumbo rocks! It’s definitely something Chris and I are planning to do in the spring or maybe fall.

Camp Nelson Trail

Distance: 5.2 mile (out and back)
Elevation Gain: 958 feet
Trailhead & parking: Follow Nelson Road as it winds through Camp Nelson; continue past the campground and park at the end of the road.

Question for our readers, do you enjoy hiking? Gone any hikes recently? Also, what do you think of the new blog look?


  • Colleen Welsch
    March 5, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    I feel like that adorable creek is definitely worth the drive…but I don’t know about those little bridges!

  • Annick
    March 6, 2018 at 7:10 AM

    ahhh this trail looks amazing! you guys took some really great pictures too xx

  • Nancy
    March 6, 2018 at 1:51 PM

    The drive to Camp Nelson Trail doesn’t sound too bad! (Low key like the drive from LA to Irvine during rush hour lolol). Oh man, hope Chris didn’t get carsick again after pulling over!

    Good thing you follow those arrows! Good guy or girl hiker for painting those! Y’all are so adorbs with the photoshoot in the trail. I would be SCARED of crossing that sort of bridge. The fact that someone took the time to nail that bridge?? Love the aesthetic touches you’ve added to your blog :)!

  • Mira
    March 7, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Beautiful photos, this hike looks amazing. Poor Chris, getting car sick is no fun – and I’m speaking from experience haha. I love the little bridges, they look like they are straight out of a fairytale xx

  • Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's
    March 7, 2018 at 7:05 PM

    Arrows on trees and lil bridges… either a horror movie or a really cute children’s story book. I vote for really cute children’s story book! You make me want to go on a hike and experience nature and do other wholesome things :3 If only I had a car to get to places though T_T Anywho, looks like the three miles you got in were good! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Monica Sors
    March 8, 2018 at 3:30 AM

    Such a great post!! The pics looks gorgeous!!
    Mónica Sors

  • Will
    March 8, 2018 at 8:05 AM

    Ohhhh this gave me alllllll the wanderlust to head out the city to go hike upstate. My heartmate and I love to hike but we’ve not been able to get out the city for the past month. We’re heading to Hawaii soon so I hope we’ll be able to get some hiking time in while we’re over there! Have a great day!

    – Will

  • Kathrine Eldridge
    March 8, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    This hike looks wonderful! Wish I would of done it when we were there. Stunning photos!

  • Vivian
    March 8, 2018 at 6:49 PM

    Wow, these photos are incredible! The little creek looks lovely~

    Vivian | LIVE IN LOVE
    IG | @viviyunn_


  • Christine Kong
    March 8, 2018 at 10:41 PM

    Wow this trail looks so pretty! I would be scared to cross those bridges, but I see how they can be fun and adventurous too. It’s great that you hike together…what a good way to spend quality time and really have wonderful conversations. xoxo, Christine

  • Katherine
    March 9, 2018 at 4:03 AM

    LOVE! Great video and that hike looks so fun!!

    Katherine |

  • Rox
    March 9, 2018 at 6:40 AM

    Your pictures look so good! Being around nature makes me feel peaceful, which makes me want to travel as much as possible. I really hope I’ll be able to have free time to do this.

    Rox | Transcendent Light 🌱

  • Mani
    March 9, 2018 at 1:22 PM

    Looks like a fun hike! You managed to get some great pictures too, I love the lighting 🙂 The new layout looks gorgeous, by the way!

  • Sharon
    March 10, 2018 at 4:59 AM

    Looks like such a beautiful hike, Eena. Definitely worth being carsick and following dodgy arrows on tree trunks 😉

  • Kim
    March 10, 2018 at 5:37 AM

    I love your edits on these photos! The hike looks fabulous and I like Chris’ outfit. He matches the wilderness haha.

    Kim | Simply Lovebirds

  • Jasmin Charlotte
    March 10, 2018 at 7:27 AM

    It looks like such a lovely hike! I really want to do more walks this year too, always makes me feel better x

  • Liz
    March 10, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    Looks like such a wonderful hike!
    Gorgeous scenery

  • Simone
    March 11, 2018 at 3:57 AM

    Your shots are amazing! I haven’t walked the trail but it really looks awesome.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  • the adventurer
    March 11, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    Looks so beautiful! i also get car sick when driving up winding roads so I suck on ginger candies that help with the nausea. Definitely recommend taking them with you when you travel =o)

  • the adventurer
    March 11, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Looks so beautiful! i also get car sick when driving up winding roads so I suck on ginger candies that help with the nausea. Definitely recommend taking them with you when you travel =o)

  • nat
    March 11, 2018 at 6:32 PM

    Haha who follows arrows on trees … me! Also on boulders as well.

    Looks pretty epic and I love how you have edited your photos.

  • Dasynka
    March 12, 2018 at 1:41 AM

    Wow this place is really incredible, I love this kind of walk into the nature and I miss them so much… need to wait for the good weather 🙂
    xx Dasynka

  • Allie Mackin
    March 12, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    I certainly have cabin fever with winter in NY. It is adventures like this which have me missing living on the east coast.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  • Bambi
    March 12, 2018 at 10:50 AM

    That’s such a cool place! Awesome photos. Wait, you didn’t follow the arrows? In Poland, arrows on trees are like gods, unless you are from that area then who cares about arrows.

  • Richel V.
    March 12, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    I love reading about your hikes! Nature is so dang beautiful! Planning to do a mini-hike to Masungi Georeserve later this year. It’s just about three hours but would be perfect for a beginner like me. I also have two left feet and just the worse luck with balancing so guided paths are the way to go for me!

  • Kasie
    March 12, 2018 at 7:15 PM

    It sounds and looks like a wonderful hike. The stairway to the swimming hole sounds divine, you’ll have to go back up in warmer weather!

  • Rach
    April 4, 2018 at 4:16 AM

    I’ve always wanted to hike more and sadly we don’t. But you have inspired me to add that to the list for sure this summer! The swimming hole sounds like an amazing find!


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