Originally posted by Reeded Goat that site is great...
wuz wundering in addition what a switchback is when talking about trails...i see this used often in magazines and haven't been able to figure out what it means.
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That's when a trail makes an extreme turn and almost doubles back on itself. There are varying degrees of course, but for the most part, you ride East, hit a switchback and you'll be riding West. Switchbacking is a good way for a trail to run down the side of a hill. If it runs straight down, erosion will kill it. This way the trail zig-zags up the hill.