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Switchbacks Trail

Intermediate
 4.5 (10)

This trail features singletrack switchbacks along a north-facing slope.


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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

Singletrack

423' 129 m

High

184' 56 m

Low

5' 2 m

Up

239' 73 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

This switchback trail begins where three trails come together. The three trails being Eucalyptus Ridge Trail, Bowtie Rim Trail, and Switchback Trail.

The trailhead is atop the Del Mar Mesa Preserve and begins with a short distance of flat singletrack. The first turn takes you west on a downward, north-facing slope.

The entire trail is narrow, except for the switchbacks. This trail meanders from east to west through tall brush and scrub finishing at the bottom of Santa Monica Ridge. Some of the switchback turns can be very tricky to navigate as they are off camber and/or rutted due to individuals skidding into the turns and down the slope.

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James Camy

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 10 votes

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  4.5 from 10 votes
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Trail Rankings

#339

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#6,184

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Photos

Small bridge crossing.
Sep 30, 2016 near Fairban…, CA
Switchback Trail.
Oct 12, 2016 near Fairban…, CA
Off camber and rutted switchback.
Oct 12, 2016 near Fairban…, CA
Steep descent, cobbles, and ruts.
Oct 26, 2016 near Fairban…, CA
Shaded singletrack section.
Sep 30, 2016 near Fairban…, CA
Singletrack heading through the hills.
Sep 30, 2016 near Fairban…, CA

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Bad / Closed 70 days ago
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Sep 16, 2022
Michael Bishop
Jul 30, 2022
Michael Bishop
Dec 12, 2021
Michael Bishop
Dec 27, 2020
Cody Livingston
11mi — 1h 48m
Jan 4, 2020
Andrej Zgora
Jul 9, 2017
Chris Sarot
Some ruts still - dry & dusty