3 miles
Distance
50 ft
Climb
-1,980 ft
Descent
00:30:33
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Switchback Ridge Trail

Details

  • Riding area
    Helena
    Helena, Montana
  • AKA
    Mac Pass Downhill
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    DH, AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    June - November
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Switchback Ridge Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,930 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,793 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,747 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,723 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,793 ft
  • Grade
    -10.598%
  • Grade max
    -43.01%
  • Grade min
    7.078%
  • Distance climb
    954 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    237 ft
  • Avg time
    00:30:33
  • Avg reverse time
    00:00:58
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Status:
on Aug 5, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.65 (3 votes)

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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Switchback Ridge... Trail Reports

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Aug 5, 2018 @ 8:25am
Aug 5, 2018
reporter Alll clear and great shape!
Jul 6, 2018 @ 5:00pm
Jul 6, 2018
reporter Still clear of trees as of Friday 6/6.
Jun 23, 2018 @ 1:48pm
Jun 23, 2018
Trees have been cleared
Nov 1, 2017 @ 11:24am
Nov 1, 2017
reporter First real snowfall of 2017/18
Oct 25, 2017 @ 3:57pm
Oct 25, 2017
Dozens of downed trees on trail
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Oct 24, 2016 @ 7:01pm
Oct 24, 2016
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Oct 24, 2016 @ 6:57pm
Oct 24, 2016
Switchback Ridge Trail

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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
flag HubCoffee (Jun 1, 2018 at 7:49)
 This is unrideable due to hundreds of downed trees across the trail as of 6/1/18. The first mile off of Rimini Rd. is semi rideable but not worth the hassle since the upper section is also unrideable.
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  • + 0
flag Sledge072 (Jul 15, 2018 at 13:32)
 June 15, 2018: Trail is all clear (thank you!) except for one tree across. Lower switchbacks at end REALLY suck though, too bad, trail is otherwise awesome.
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