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Santa Rosa Switchbacks

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

This is a fun, fairly technical, single track. It has loose rocks, bumpy lava rock sections, narrow and rocky switchbacks and roller coaster traverses. It is either an out and back or you can make it a loop if you don''t mind a short ride on some residential streets.
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Latitude
34.22010628633739
Longitude
-118.90305519104004
Trail Directions
From the 101, go North on the 23 Freeway and exit at Avenida De Los Arboles. Turn left onto Arboles and go until it dead ends (about 3-4 miles) at Big Sky. Park in the dirt parking lot to the left. I think there is a "Wildwood" sign there. Take the fire road around. Stay straight on the fire road, don't merge left, until you pass the metal gate. There will be one or two small hills you need to go up and down. At the bottom of one of the hills is the trailhead to the right. http://maps.yahoo.com/maps_result?addr=Avenida+de+los+Arboles+at+Big+Sky&csz=Thousand+Oaks%2C+CA&country=us&new=1&name=&qty=
Trail Length
about 4 Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Thousand Oaks
State/Territory/Province
Wildwood Park
Zip/Postal Code
91360
Country
USA
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 8, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: toadlywilde ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rocky, Rutty Singletrack with a few fast, rolly sections. It's short enough for an after-work ride but can easily be extended by adding more wildwood trails. The Santa Rosa trail connects the YMCA to wildwood park, traversing the ridge between thousand oaks and santa rosa.

Recommended Route:
I like to start at the YMCA (Just off Moorpark Rd before it drops into the Santa Rosa valley). As you climb the steep street up to the upper level of the YMCA, there's a paved road to the left with a gate. Park in the YMCA lot and ride past the gate (no fences or anything-the gate is just to keep cars out) up to the horse corrals. You can't miss the trailhead on your left. Ride the ridge between TO and SR past CLU, past the wildwood neighborhood, and down the switchbacks into wildwood park. Explore more of wildwood (I like to go to lizard rock and ride some fast roller coaster singletrack down to the water treatment plant and climb out of the canyon), head back the way you came, or ride back to the YMCA on the street.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Los Robles, Lang Ranch, Sycamore Canyon



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Review Date
July 22, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Dan who rides a blur ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The first part is a pretty loose, rocky and windy single track. Then you'll traverse to the beginning of the switchbacks. The traverse is fun and a good time to catch your breath and prepare for the switchbacks. At the present time they are fairly rutted up and have quite a few exposed rock sections. There are about 6 switchbacks and they are kind of close together, so it isn't a huge climb or anything. Once you make it to the top of the ridge, there will be a little sign labeled trail. The trail is a big sheet of bumpy rock for about 20 yards (I haven't gone dab free yet, grr). Then, it is nothing but a fun roller coaster with some little technical rock areas. Do that for about 2 miles, until it turns into a double track short, steep, loose climb. Stop. Turn around. Go back for more.

Recommended Route:
If you don't want to go back the same way, do the following: Go straight when you get to the top of the double track. Hop over the little gate and follow the single track. It will go up another fairly loose climb, keep straight at the top, and then a fun downhill. It ends on Wildwood Ave. Go down Wildwood Ave. and turn right on Big Sky, up and over Big Sky and you are at the parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lizard Rock, Stagecoach Bluff, Los Robles trail, Woodranch trail system, Sycamore trail system.



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