3.2 miles
Distance
843 ft
Climb
-556 ft
Descent
01:06:01
Avg time

Details

  • Riding area
  • AKA
    Mac Pass
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    June-October
  • eBike Allowed
    No
  • Global Ranking
    #6656
  • Land Manager
    USFS

Four miles of the Continental Divide Trail lead to a locals' favorite downhill on the Switchback Ridge Trail. The CDT portion doesn't climb very much, but it is strewn with very challenging rock gardens. Several of them provide very difficult climbs. Get ready to session them, or to carry your bike. The rocks are the trail's defining feature, and Helenans love testing themselves on them.

Access Info

Exit Highway 12 at the Cromwell-Dixon Campground, and drive up the hill to the Continental Divide overlook. The trail starts at the stairs. There is a gate shortly after entering the forest; be sure to close it behind you. As the CDT rises into an open meadow, the Switchback Ridge Trail is to the left towards the trees. This provides the downhill connection to Tenmile Creek and Rimini Road.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Continental Divide National Scenic Trail 337 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    287 ft
  • Altitude min
    1.2 miles
  • Altitude max
    1.3 miles
  • Altitude start
    1.2 miles
  • Altitude end
    1.3 miles
  • Grade
    1.684%
  • Grade max
    -20.747%
  • Grade min
    27.737%
  • Distance climb
    2.0 miles
  • Distance down
    1.1 miles
  • Distance flat
    905 ft
  • Avg time
    01:06:01
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on Aug 15, 2016
Dry
Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)

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Continental... Trail Reports

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Aug 15, 2016 @ 6:29am
Aug 15, 2016
reporter
Jul 17, 2016 @ 1:00pm
Jul 17, 2016
reporter
Downfall cleared.
Jul 14, 2016 @ 11:39am
Jul 14, 2016
reporter About a dozen trees down across the trail.
Jul 1, 2016 @ 5:33am
Jul 1, 2016
A few trees down accepted the trail
Jun 17, 2016 @ 11:41am
Jun 17, 2016
reporter CDT has been cleared by MCC crews as of 6/8/16.
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