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Switchback Trail

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A multi-use trail along the east side of Serene Lakes community in the Royal Gorge area.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.7

KM

95%

Runnable

7,028' 2,142 m

High

6,923' 2,110 m

Low

93' 28 m

Up

113' 35 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Wildflowers · Wildlife

A valid trail pass is required from the Royal Gorge ski resort for winter skiing.

Runner Notes

This trail is open to mountain bikes and dogs.

Description

This multi-track trail is a ski trail in the winter and a popular running trail in the summer. It winds along the east side of the Serene Lakes community in the Lodgepole/Fir forest of the Royal Gorge open space area on Donner Summit. The trail is part of a network of trails that provide access to the open space area (see map for connecting trails).

It can be traversed in both directions and is open to hiking, running and mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter. During the snowy months, it is usually groomed for both Nordic and skate skiing by the resort.

Flora & Fauna

The trail cuts through a Lodgepole/Fir forest and during the summer is populated by a large collection of Sierra wildflowers. The forest is the home to deer, ground squirrels, bobcat, martens, coyotes and the occasional mountain lion. There is a wide variety of Northern Sierra birdlife.

Contacts

Shared By:

George Lamson

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  3.0 from 1 vote

#12

in Royal Gorge

#28367

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#12

in Royal Gorge

#3,388

in California

#28,367

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The Switchback Trail winds through carpets of mule's ear in Royal Gorge.
Dec 29, 2016 near Truckee, CA
Keep your eyes peeled for flowering brown peony along the Switchback Trail in Royal Gorge.
Dec 30, 2016 near Truckee, CA

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