3 miles
Distance
50 ft
Climb
-1,980 ft
Descent
00:29:06
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
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    June - November
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #12504 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
  • 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 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
    00:29:06
  • Avg reverse time
    00:00:58
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Status:
on Oct 14, 2018
Snow Covered
Avg: 4.75 (4 votes)

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

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      Oct 14, 2018 @ 6:19pm
      Oct 14, 2018
      Multiple trees down, knee deep snow in parks... you'll be pushing downhill.
      Sep 17, 2018 @ 6:15pm
      Sep 17, 2018
      Trees down, be careful it’s in a fast downhill area.
      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
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      3 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Lowtech19 (Nov 3, 2018 at 12:35)
       This trail needs to be cleared of down trees.
      [Reply]

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