2 miles
Distance
49 ft
Climb
-586 ft
Descent
00:16:26
Avg time

Switchbacks Details

  • Riding Area
    Carlsbad
    Carlsbad, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Uphill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #21353 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 70 in Hiking

nice little trail with lots of switchbacks, as the name implies. Lots of people ride up it, although it's a good ride down as well.

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More Stats for Switchbacks bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -537 ft
  • Altitude min
    455 ft
  • Altitude max
    992 ft
  • Altitude start
    992 ft
  • Altitude end
    455 ft
  • Grade
    -5.16%
  • Grade max
    -32.735%
  • Grade min
    7.544%
  • Distance climb
    1,777 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,168 ft
  • Avg time
    00:16:26
  • Avg reverse time
    00:15:01
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Status:
on Jul 20, 2018
Dry
Avg: 3.75 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • 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
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
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      Directions to switchbacks trailhead (33.088720, -117.216620)
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      Switchbacks Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 5 rides
      • 6 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 149 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      All
      • 820 rides
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      Photos

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      11 |
      Jan 24, 2018 @ 5:33pm
      Jan 24, 2018
      Switchbacks, My City
      11 |
      Jan 24, 2018 @ 5:33pm
      Jan 24, 2018
      Switchbacks, My City
      14 |
      Jan 24, 2018 @ 5:33pm
      Jan 24, 2018
      Switchbacks, My City
      18 |
      Jan 17, 2018 @ 4:47pm
      Jan 17, 2018
      Switchbacks, My City

      Routes with this trail

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      Rancho La Costa All Mountain Loops
      20 miles

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag luvdabeach44 (May 6, 2016 at 19:24)
       It is a lot more fun to ride down than to ride up.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag dirtchurner (Sep 3, 2018 at 15:10)
       Tis is now mainly ridden down by most bikers, Although posted as the up line because back in the day when nascar had bigger features and wood feature was considered a good DH line, this wwas the push up line. Those days are gone.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag rpmrhonda (Nov 1, 2018 at 14:04)
       Good workout going up, fun down hill!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag dsdonsut SDMBA (Feb 25, 2019 at 19:57)
       SDMBA just did some trailwork on this trail mostly cleaning and installing drains....enjoy!!
      [Reply]

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