3.4 miles
50 ft
-1,980 ft
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  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    DH, AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
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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.

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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
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    954 ft
  • Distance down
    3.2 miles
  • Distance flat
    237 ft
  • Avg time
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on Aug 15, 2016
Avg: 5 (1 votes)

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Switchback Ridge... Trail Reports

Aug 15, 2016 @ 6:29am
Aug 15, 2016
reporter All clear - four trees removed.
Jul 17, 2016 @ 1:00pm
Jul 17, 2016
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
Cleared by MCC and MBG as of 6/8/16.
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