1,434 ft
Distance
3 ft
Climb
-125 ft
Descent
00:03:04
Avg time

Switchbacks Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
  • Riding Area
    Blackhawk Ski Club
    Middleton, Wisconsin
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Machine Groomed
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm
  • Local Popularity
    50 in Mountain Biking

With the help of professional trail builder Jeremy Witek and his crew, the Switchbacks have been transformed from a grueling, near impossible, zig-zag up one of the steepest inclines at Blackhawk, into a fast, fun, and flowy ride Currently there are no signs specifying a required direction so this trail can be ridden down or uphill.

Access Info

Splits off near the start of Howling Wolf and connects to the Creek Trail at the bottom of Hill 6

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Switchbacks mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -123 ft
  • Altitude min
    934 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,061 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,061 ft
  • Altitude end
    938 ft
  • Grade
    -8.6%
  • Grade max
    -25.1%
  • Grade min
    2.9%
  • Distance climb
    85 ft
  • Distance down
    1,125 ft
  • Distance flat
    220 ft
  • Avg time
    00:03:04
  • Avg reverse time
    00:04:32
  • view trail stats
Status:
on Aug 31, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 3.35 (3 votes)

view (577)
close
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction
Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Last Ridden
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine the last time a trail was ridden.
  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
ContributeDetails
Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail.
  • Description
  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
Trail Popularity ?
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors.
  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular
ATV/ORV/OHV Filter
Max Vehicle Width
inches

LEGEND
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • 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 Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to switchbacks-220114 trailhead (43.084970, -89.567570)
      update trails status or condition

      Switchbacks Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Aug 31, 2020 @ 7:39am
      Aug 31, 2020
      Won't get better than this
      Aug 4, 2020 @ 1:47pm
      Aug 4, 2020
      Jul 29, 2020 @ 7:46am
      Jul 29, 2020
      A few loose rocks on corners
      Jun 8, 2020 @ 8:48am
      Jun 8, 2020
      Very tacky on corners, perfect
      Oct 7, 2019 @ 7:57pm
      Oct 7, 2019
      What a beautiful trail, with a surprise spring-fed swimming hole at the bottom.
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 6 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 248 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      All
      • 386 rides
      •  

      Photos

      more »
      49 |
      May 1, 2020 @ 8:43pm
      May 1, 2020
      46 |
      May 1, 2020 @ 8:43pm
      May 1, 2020
      58 |
      Apr 22, 2020 @ 1:08pm
      Apr 22, 2020
      45 |
      Oct 7, 2019 @ 7:59pm
      Oct 7, 2019

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag makers1963 (Apr 22, 2020 at 13:06)
       Love the challenge, even going down !
      [Reply]

      Post a Comment



      You must login to Pinkbike.
      Don't have an account? Sign up

      Join Pinkbike  Login

      Videos

      no videos have been added for Switchbacks yet, add a video.
      • subscribe
      • flag
      • login to download gpx or kml files.