1 miles
Distance
153 ft
Climb
-397 ft
Descent
00:13:09
Avg time

Switchback Descent Details

  • Riding Area
    Smiths Gully
    Eltham
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    All Year
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Jump
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #26820 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking

Lots of sweet switchbacks, all very tight and loose. Good track to drift corners, two pinch climbs, Surfaces can be unpredictable, some hardpack.

Access Info

Top of Bastard Climb or bottom of five ways.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Switchback Descent bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -244 ft
  • Altitude min
    506 ft
  • Altitude max
    778 ft
  • Altitude start
    770 ft
  • Altitude end
    526 ft
  • Grade max
    -68.972%
  • Grade min
    22.23%
  • Distance climb
    2,563 ft
  • Distance down
    3,944 ft
  • Distance flat
    837 ft
  • Avg time
    00:13:09
  • Avg reverse time
    00:17:38
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Status:
on Oct 27, 2018
Dry
Avg: 3.8 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • < 50%
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Trail Ridden Direction
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
  • Other Other
      Directions to switchback-descent trailhead (-37.642980, 145.301830)
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      Switchback Descent Trail Reports

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      Oct 27, 2018 @ 3:10pm
      Oct 27, 2018
      Oct 27, 2018 @ 3:10pm
      Oct 27, 2018
      Oct 13, 2018 @ 3:01pm
      Oct 13, 2018
      Sep 3, 2018 @ 6:22pm
      Sep 3, 2018
      Nov 2, 2017 @ 7:23am
      Nov 2, 2017
      I always ride this segment uphill (reverse of the arrows), it’s a fairly even, enjoyable switchback climb, and finishes at the top of a nice DH...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 67 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 313 rides
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      113 |
      May 6, 2016 @ 6:39pm
      May 6, 2016
      Switchback Descent, My City

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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      flag archsolutions (Jul 29, 2017 at 22:34)
       Fast flowy trail; loose rocks; couple of technical pinch climbs. A really good trail to practice skills. A difficult trail to get right from top to bottom.
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