4,789 ft
Distance
109 ft
Climb
-522 ft
Descent
00:07:52
Avg time

Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Global Ranking
    #16070 in Mountain Biking

This is the highest starting single track trail at Tokai and has great views from the trail head. A series of several tight switch backs take you down a steep loose mountain side. The trail is narrow and the sandy surface up top gives way to rocks and hard pack as you descend. A great place to practice switchback cornering skills, with care. There are a few short sections better graded black diamond but ridden with care the trail remains a blue grade affair. Beware trail side plant growth and the odd sudden section of gnar. Get that slow speed cornering tweaked!

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Switchbacks (Bridal Path) bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -413 ft
  • Altitude min
    879 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,300 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,300 ft
  • Altitude end
    886 ft
  • Grade
    -8.628%
  • Grade max
    -35.96%
  • Grade min
    22.706%
  • Distance climb
    1,157 ft
  • Distance down
    3,480 ft
  • Distance flat
    151 ft
  • Avg time
    00:07:52
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Status:
on Sep 16, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.5 (2 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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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • 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
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • 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
  • Other Other
Directions to switchbacks-bridal-path trailhead (-34.033337, 18.397754)
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Switchbacks... Trail Reports

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Sep 16, 2018 @ 1:47am
Sep 16, 2018
Lot of loose stone - brick size rolled into the line and some ruts and erosion to the entry of some switchbacks. Top section sandy and deep narrow...
Sep 2, 2018 @ 3:47am
Sep 2, 2018
Pretty technical, some sections a bit washed out, and rutted. Doesn't appear to be ridden that much, compared to other DH sections.
Jun 17, 2018 @ 2:14am
Jun 17, 2018
A lot of work has gone into this trail recently - great improvement. Watch for some overhanging vegetation . Some corners are rutted but doable....
Apr 15, 2018 @ 2:39am
Apr 15, 2018
One of my favourites but sadly deteriorating fast. Switchbacks have become rutted because of dry conditions and dragging the rear wheel into and...
Mar 17, 2018 @ 2:08am
Mar 17, 2018
As in January but with a lot of stone that has rolled onto the trail - needs to be cleared.
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19 |
Oct 5, 2017 @ 2:28am
Oct 5, 2017
Switchbacks (Bridal Path)
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Oct 1, 2017 @ 9:26am
Oct 1, 2017
Switchbacks (Bridal Path)

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youtuber Mountain Biking Tokai Switchbacks Trail
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