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.
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More Stats for Continental Divide National Scenic Trail 337 mountain bike trail
Altitude change287 ft
Altitude min1.2 miles
Altitude max1.3 miles
Altitude start1.2 miles
Altitude end1.3 miles
Distance climb2.0 miles
Distance down1.1 miles
Distance flat905 ft
Avg reverse time00:01:22
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Continental... Trail Reports
Aug 15, 2016 @ 6:29amAug 15, 2016
Jul 17, 2016 @ 1:00pmJul 17, 2016
|reporter Downfall cleared.|
Jul 14, 2016 @ 11:39amJul 14, 2016
|reporter About a dozen trees down across the trail.|
Jul 1, 2016 @ 5:33amJul 1, 2016
|A few trees down accepted the trail|
Jun 17, 2016 @ 11:41amJun 17, 2016
|reporter CDT has been cleared by MCC crews as of 6/8/16.|
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail35 trails
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|MacDonald Pass||6.7 miles|
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