Bike typeAM, XC, Fat
DirectionBoth DirectionsPopular direction shown
Climb DifficultyBlack Diamond
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.
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 change290 ft
Altitude min6,210 ft
Altitude max6,726 ft
Altitude start6,436 ft
Altitude end6,726 ft
Distance climb2 miles
Distance down1 miles
Distance flat1,311 ft
Avg reverse time00:01:22
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Continental... Trail Reports
Nov 1, 2017 @ 11:24amNov 1, 2017
|reporter First real snowfall of 2017/18|
Oct 25, 2017 @ 3:54pmOct 25, 2017
|100 down trees, unridable in current condition.|
Sep 30, 2017 @ 5:50pmSep 30, 2017
|reporter Cleared ~10 trees|
Sep 18, 2017 @ 1:00pmSep 18, 2017
Sep 16, 2017 @ 11:37amSep 16, 2017
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail35 trails
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