Santa Rosa Switchbacks - TRAIL

Santa Rosa Switchbacks - Trail, Thousand Oaks, California

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.

User Reviews (2)

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toadlywilde   Cross Country Rider [Aug 08, 2011]

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used: Los Robles, Lang Ranch, Sycamore Canyon
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Dan who rides a blur   Cross Country Rider [Jul 22, 2005]

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used: Lizard Rock, Stagecoach Bluff, Los Robles trail, Woodranch trail system, Sycamore trail system.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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