3.4 miles
Distance
50 ft
Climb
-1,980 ft
Descent
00:30:38
Avg time

Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    DH, AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • eBike Allowed
    No
  • Global Ranking
    #1794

The Switchback Ridge Trail is a locals' favorite downhill. It is relatively buff until the final few hundred yards. The trail follows an old road prism in some locations, although this will be re-routed in 2016 or 2017. There are a few 90-degree turns that can catch you unawares, so keep your head up. The trail ends on the west side of Tenmile Creek. You can either hop across the rocks, or ride a few hundred yards to the north where the creek flows under the road.

Access Info

Most riders get to the Switchback Ridge Trail from the Continental Divide Trail: 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, stay left towards the trees to start the downhill. Alternately, some ride this trail as an out-and-back early in the season before the CDT is clear.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Switchback Ridge Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,930 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,793 ft
  • Altitude max
    1.3 miles
  • Altitude start
    1.3 miles
  • Altitude end
    4,793 ft
  • Grade
    -10.598%
  • Grade max
    -43.01%
  • Grade min
    7.078%
  • Distance climb
    954 ft
  • Distance down
    3.2 miles
  • Distance flat
    237 ft
  • Avg time
    00:30:38
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Status:
on Aug 15, 2016
Dry
Avg: 5 (1 votes)

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Switchback Ridge... Trail Reports

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Aug 15, 2016 @ 6:29am
Aug 15, 2016
reporter All clear - four trees removed.
Jul 17, 2016 @ 1:00pm
Jul 17, 2016
reporter
Downfall cleared.
Jul 14, 2016 @ 11:38am
Jul 14, 2016
reporter There are about a dozen trees down across the trail. Sightlines are good.
Jul 1, 2016 @ 5:33am
Jul 1, 2016
A few trees down accepted the trail
Jun 17, 2016 @ 11:42am
Jun 17, 2016
reporter
Cleared by MCC and MBG as of 6/8/16.
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Switchback Ridge Trail

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