This is kind of a miserable hike. I followed the route listed on this page by Eric Willhite, over peak 8100 and on to the top. Don't get me wrong this is an awesome mountain with awesome cliff bands around the summit and killer views, but the bushwhack from peak 8100 for the next 1.5 miles was up there as one of the worse I have done. Cursing and crawling were a prerequisite. Roundtrip stats were 6,171' gain and 13.8 miles. Did this P1K with fellow SP'er gjagiels.
My second attempt at Nelson. Drove up Bates Canyon to the gate. The road is extremely nasty with large ruts, steep grades, and big boulders. At the gate (5300') climbed the spur ridge to the north sub peak. Traversed south to Nelson Peak. Snow conditions were miserable with significant bush wacking. Views were astounding. Trip info was 7.4 miles RT with 4900 feet elevation gain