AKAMac Pass Downhill
Bike typeDH, AM, XC, Fat
DirectionDownhill PrimaryPopular direction shown
Climb DifficultyBlack Diamond
SeasonJune - November
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.
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 min4,793 ft
Altitude max6,747 ft
Altitude start6,723 ft
Altitude end4,793 ft
Distance climb954 ft
Distance down3 miles
Distance flat237 ft
Avg reverse time00:00:58
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Switchback Ridge... Trail Reports
Nov 1, 2017 @ 11:24amNov 1, 2017
|reporter First real snowfall of 2017/18|
Oct 25, 2017 @ 3:57pmOct 25, 2017
|Dozens of downed trees on trail|
Sep 30, 2017 @ 5:58pmSep 30, 2017
Sep 30, 2017 @ 5:50pmSep 30, 2017
|reporter Cleared dozens of trees. Some larger trunks will need a chainsaw. Hopefully tomorrow.|
Sep 4, 2017 @ 7:00pmSep 4, 2017
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