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 will be re-routed in 2016 or 2017. 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.
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 mountain bike trail
Altitude change-1,930 ft
Altitude min4,793 ft
Altitude max1.3 miles
Altitude start1.3 miles
Altitude end4,793 ft
Distance climb954 ft
Distance down3.2 miles
Distance flat237 ft
Avg reverse time00:00:30
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Switchback Ridge... Trail Reports
Aug 15, 2016 @ 6:29amAug 15, 2016
|reporter All clear - four trees removed.|
Jul 17, 2016 @ 1:00pmJul 17, 2016
|reporter Downfall cleared.|
Jul 14, 2016 @ 11:38amJul 14, 2016
|reporter There are about a dozen trees down across the trail. Sightlines are good.|
Jul 1, 2016 @ 5:33amJul 1, 2016
|A few trees down accepted the trail|
Jun 17, 2016 @ 11:42amJun 17, 2016
|reporter Cleared by MCC and MBG as of 6/8/16.|
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