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Switchback Trail 1

Average Rating:    (3.78 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

Beginner-Intermediate, Abandoned gravity railroad bed, vistas, Mauch chunk lake
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Latitude
40.852546487517095
Longitude
-75.78622341156006
Trail Directions
Rt 209 into downtown Jim Thorpe. Begin at New Jersey Central Railroad station in town square. Proceed west on Broadway for 0.2 turn right at opera house go up hill rd(very steep) at 0.6 turn left onto the trailat top of this hill(after straight section, to the left before it goes to incline again) at 0.7 cross a narrow paved rd and containue on trail. At 1.8 cross a concrete bridgeand turn right onto lentz trail. at 1.9 turn left onto flagstaff rd and then bear right onto trail. At 3.0 you will cross wooden bridge note picnic table to left(this is where the bright light is that you can see from a distance down the trail) at 3.5 continue right and follow trail up and around the breast of the dam. ATTN DO NOT RIDE IN SPILLWAY AREA READ SIGNS at 3.6 follow trail to the left. at 3.8 turn right on the trail after downhill section. AT 4.2 main entrance to mauch chunk lake cross highway and continue along trail that runs paralell to highway. At 5.1 at large tone abutments on either side of trail, make U turn right onto upper trail more a more difficult ride. OPTIONAL EASIESTROUTE continue straight on trail for approx 3.5 milesto summit hill then reverse back to jim thorpe. BACK TO DIFFICULT WAY: at 7.8 carefully cross ledge at 9.2 overlook Jim Thorpe at right at 9.3 bear right at Y for advanced rocky descent into townGOOD LUCK!! for a nice view of lehigh river gorge bear left at Y go 0.1 then return to Y to continue ride into town. at 10.2 turn left at bottom of descent at 10.3 turn right onto pine st go one block to center ave the go left. at 10.5 go straight through stop sign at 11.0 after you descend steep hill and pass mansions your back i JT!!
Trail Length
11-18 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Jim Thorpe
   


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Review Date
October 10, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Ludichris ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trail, understanding from the beginning that it is rated 1-2 (beginner) has been a perfect challenge for my wife and I who are new to mountain biking. Having ridden it several times our pace and endurance has definitely improved.

Seeing the more challenging trails that spur off from the Switchback trail is only more incentive to pedal harder!



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Review Date
June 30, 2010

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bigleg82 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode part of Lower Switchback and all of Upper Switchback after climbing Flagstaff road and descending down Mauch Chunk and the Fire Line trail. Lower switchback is a road. The woman I spoked to at Blue Mountain Sports in Jim Thorpe told me Upper Switchback was "singletrack". I would not call this trail singletrack. It is an old railroad bed that has overgrown to become singletrack width in many places. It is a smooth, steady climb that takes you to a nice overlook right above Jim Thorpe. Following this climb, you are rewarded with a lousy, ATV-damaged descent down a rocky road bed that leads you back to Jim Thorpe. I am disappointed I was led to believe this is a "singletrack" trail.



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Review Date
July 7, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: mediademon ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trail is very smooth, with a few places that are rocky. Definately make sure you have some tools with you incase your handlebars, stem etc etc anything tightened by an allen bolt come loose. The best time to ride is starting out between 5 and 6 am in the summer, it's nice and cool, and there is alot of mist. It's like riding in a fairytale so to speak. The upper part of the trail is not difficult at all, and when you come to the cliff, it is easy to make it across, though not on your bike, you are sliding sideways, and pushing your bike with one hand. The only dangerous part is at the top of the mountain and the wagon trail down into Jim Thorpe. It is very very rocky, very steep, and I suggest you lower your seat to lower your center of gravity, wear a helmet, and ride the brakes. It can be done safely, though the wipe out factor is ever present. Great trail for pictures, especially the early morning mist. The spillway does not have signs marked to not ride on it, but I suggest that you walk your bike to it. There are benches along the top of it, and there is a trail on the other side, though what trail I do not know. Great outing for the family, beginning biker, or avid photographer looking for great shots. The history behind the trail is wonderful also. Very soft trails that just about any bike would be capable of.

Recommended Route:
Turn right at hill road in Jim Thorpe (in front of Opera House). Go up the steep hill, and when it starts to go into a u like turn you will see the trail beginning on your left, you cross a small wooden platform like bridge. Stay straight until you get to the end and the utility buildings, go through the parking lot, turn right onto the highway and the next road you see on your left you will see the trail start back up, follow it until it curves around to the right, here you can go straight or you can left which takes you to the damn with the lake on one side and the valley on the other. It's awesome when there is alot of mist out. When continuing on the trail you'll come to the park eventually, cross the highway and you'll see the trail pick back up, there is a switchback sign with history of the trail on it. Be careful, people speed on this road. From here on out it goes straight and passes a point where it doubles back on itself sort of. This is the upper part of the switchback that will take you back to Jim Thorpe via an alternate route. Lots of great pictures and signs along this trail showing you where you are.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Physcho Betty, and just about any other trail in the book that is available at both Bike Shops in Jim Thorpe



Comments
mediademon (07/07/2007)
My apologies, I spelled dam as damn
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Review Date
August 20, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: gillie4762 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The recent rains have done considerable damage to the more difficulot part of the trail leading to the overlook at Jim Thorpe. Be careful to bypass the mine portion as the trail has dropped away. You must choose the lower trail when presented with the option. You will have to carry your bike up the path too return to the main trail. It is all worth it for the vista at the end.



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Review Date
November 30, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: caferacer ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I just moved here and I've found this to be a great trail for singlespeeds. Just the right amount of climbing and spinning. OK on my rigid even, but was a little rough on my cross bike. The rockgarden on the more advanced line is more jaring then fun if you ask me. If you ride up to summit hill there are some other trails around to the right.

Recommended Route:
start at my back door.....



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