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Switchbacks

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

2.0 mile 3.2 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 515' 157 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 986' 300 m
Low: 470' 143 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

Switchback your way to the top of Rancho La Costa Preserve on this steep, steady-going, and picturesque singletrack.

Tom Robson

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Description

Starting from the on street parking area on Camino Junipero, Switchbacks winds its way on multiple switchbacks (duh...) to a connection with Denning Drive. This steep, technical, at times rocky trail winds through coastal sage and wildflowers, offering commanding views all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Several straightaways allow for fast and flowy sections. Watch for overgrowth and erosion; have fun!

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Feb 23, 2019
Mike Weber
Sep 29, 2018
Anthony Atkinson
Sep 8, 2018
Will Smith
4.3mi
Aug 14, 2017
Adam Dm
Jun 14, 2017
Michael Bishop
Jan 14, 2017
Michael Bishop
6.4mi
Sep 10, 2016
Michael Bishop
Aug 10, 2016
Michael Bishop

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#365

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#6,173

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By far the most technical section that I encountered.
Feb 23, 2019 near Lake Sa…, CA
Sitting at the top of Nascar
Jan 11, 2015 near Lake Sa…, CA
Switchback descent
Nov 12, 2018 near Lake Sa…, CA
Switchbacks Straightaway
Sep 8, 2017 near Lake Sa…, CA
Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad Stacks and Pacific Ocean View
Sep 8, 2017 near Lake Sa…, CA
Photo credit:  Mountain Bike Bill
Jul 25, 2014 near Lake Sa…, CA

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