3.5 miles
Distance
8 ft
Climb
-1,937 ft
Descent
00:33:36
Avg time
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  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Snowshoe
    • Backcountry Ski
    • Nordic Ski
  • Riding Area
    MacDonald Pass
    Helena, Montana
  • Ref Number
    #348
  • AKA
    Mac Pass Downhill
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    June - November
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #16555 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
    • 5 in Skiing
    • 5 in Skiing
  • Land Owner
    USFS

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 may be re-routed in 2017 or 2018. 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.

Please notify the Montana Bicycle Guild of any issues related to this trail.

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 multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,928 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,803 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,741 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,732 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,803 ft
  • Grade
    -10.5%
  • Grade max
    -51.4%
  • Grade min
    2.4%
  • Distance climb
    417 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    92 ft
  • Avg time
    00:33:36
  • Avg reverse time
    00:00:58
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on Oct 9, 2022
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      Switchback Ridge... Trail Reports

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      Oct 9, 2022 @ 2:49am
      Oct 9, 2022
      Trees down in 4 sections of switchback ridge, A couple of them are tough to stop for, so keep your head up. 1 tree has been cut, but enough is...
      Oct 5, 2022 @ 3:04pm
      Oct 5, 2022
      About a half dozen trees on the trail.
      Jul 25, 2022 @ 3:48pm
      Jul 25, 2022
      Two trees down that would be easy with hand saw. Both come at you fast so heads up.
      Aug 21, 2021 @ 11:16am
      Aug 21, 2021
      Fast and tacky, but there are a half dozen down trees crossing the trail.
      Jul 25, 2021 @ 9:33am
      Jul 25, 2021
      reporter 3 down trees removed.
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      • 9 miles avg distance
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      • Last: Oct 15, 2022

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