Switchback Trail

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Switchback Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lehighton, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, birding, and mountain biking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
265 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
4 days ago

Easy, beautiful hike! Took our two dogs and they absolutely loved it too! Walked in from center of town in Jim Thorpe via Broadway and walked to the entrance of Switchback Trail just off Flagstaff Road. Trail is straightforward, simple out & back with pretty scenery and a stream that runs along side for most of the way. There are a couple of smaller trails that break off, though we didn’t explore them. Trail ends in a HUGE open field with access to Mauch Chunk Lake. Gorgeous scenery, so peaceful and relaxing. From Jim Thorpe to the Mauch Chunk Lake and back was 6-7 miles total, took us about 3 1/2 hours with the pups in tow.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail map is horribly inaccurate, this trail is not even a loop.

10 months ago

Not really clearly marked. It had us going through peoples' front yards. We thought it looped, but it ended at a private residence.

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Very peaceful.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

such a beautiful walk. and ends with the lake. highly recommend!

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Beautiful!

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Flat easy trail. Nice scenery with a creek running along side until you hit the lake. Very nice views.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The first time we hiked it we saw a bear so we turned back. Today we went again and it was an awesome hike. We only did it descending though. Probably much more of a workout ascending. Really pretty though. Not very well marked but the trail is fairly obvious.

walking
Sunday, August 21, 2016

So peaceful and perfect for everyone another go to trail and so many access points

hiking
Monday, June 06, 2016

Easy! Great trail walk!

hiking
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Beautiful hike. I started at W. Broadway & Flagstaff Road. Hiked up to the lake then thru the park, picnic area, campground and (with great difficulty) found the Shoreline Trail. On the latter trail there are no blazes and it is so untraveled that the path is totally overgrown in many places. I got "lost" over and over again but the lake is always nearby so it's not hard to get one's bearings. I made it to the Environmental Center and continued beyond on trails named "Eagle" and "Wolf" but these, tho' better marked than Shoreline ultimately led nowhere. I was determined to circle the end of the lake and return via the east side but there is vast swampland that is impassable. So, I returned the way I came in. Scenery is gorgeous. Forests are lush. And I had the entire Shoreline Trail and beyond all to myself! Even took a delicious dip in the lake.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

It was a moderate level trail but nice feel walking next to the running stream.

Friday, May 29, 2015

i rode mt.pischa yesterday...great ride down and back...had to dismount around 4 times because of trees over the trail..other than that was very fun...

Monday, May 25, 2015

Great trip

mountain biking
Monday, May 25, 2015

Great trip!

hiking
Friday, May 23, 2014

Hiked this trail and it was nice, but I didn't think it was 17.2 miles... I have to stop at the Ranger station and see what I missed. It must not be marked very well.

mountain biking
Monday, May 19, 2014

Nice trail outside of Jim Thorpe. Shuttle took us to the top and we rode about 11 miles down back into the town. Went off road a bit for some pictures and stopped by the lake, which had a beautiful view.

Pretty fun ride down, no major jumps or hills, not very technical but fun. exploring the other trails was fun and the town itself is nice to hang out in at the end.

The shuttle driver and bike rental people where very friendly and informative. We had a great time there

mountain biking
Sunday, August 11, 2013

This trail is awesome for mountain biking and hiking. We were lucky to find a local who showed us where to go. Place is pretty good and you can get lost but it's right by mancuk lake in case you gps it and can't find it. We had a hard time because gps took me at wrong spot, so just gps the lake.

hiking
Sunday, August 04, 2013

I went uphill most of the way in one big circle. Lucky enough to find a local who biked with us and showed us stops for scenic views. The way I took was mostly moderate able to stop and hike to see different views. I would definitely declare this as my first moderate trail.

hiking
Sunday, August 04, 2013

A very nice and calm walk, scenery is beautiful.. Except for the occasional houses which is kind of a downside.. But there is a creek running down along side the trail for a good portion and is very beautiful and relaxing. Overall great and you can go to Mauch Chunk to cool off!

mountain biking
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Last weekend we did the Switchback trail... little muddy, watch for large tree roots & rocks (actually added to the experience), enjoyed the trout-stocked Mauch Lake detour. J T Campgrounds is right off the path across the river, so camp out for the weekend and rest- took us roughly 2 1/2 hours (including intermittent breaks for fishing!)

mountain biking
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I and couple of my friends took switchback trail past weekend. As we were going up the route, there is a steep incline at the beginning. After it, there is a nice trail that leads you into the woods. There is a rocky river that runs along the trail for about 4 miles. After that, you come up to a lake. Very nice rocky beach, the water is very clean, and you can easily take a swim in there to cool off. At about 6 miles there is another trail that leads to the summit, there is a bench and a sign (Trail is 4.5 mi. long) a slow and gradual incline. At about 3.5 miles down the trail there was a spot where we had to carry our bikes in hands/shoulders. Trail is very narrow at the edge of the rocky cliff with about 30 feet downfall, so you must be cautious. When you get to the top, you would think that you are at the highest point, but you are not. You must stay to the left all the way until you see a big boulder, which you can climb on or take a trail behind to get on top. The scenery is breathtaking. When getting down, there is a steep zigzag rocky path filled with rocks and boulders. If you plan to ride down, make sure that you wear a helmet and know what you are doing. (I broke two of my pedals there) after the trail is over, you will hit a house with a porch that has a stuffed bear with rolling rocks in its hand. You take a right from there and then the second left all the way down (2-3 streets down) you will merge slightly right and will reach the road where you started from. Take a steep hight speed run down the road and you are at the bottom of the town Jim Thorpe. Good Luck!

mountain biking
Sunday, October 16, 2011

Nice trail right outside of Jim Thorpe (which is a super cute town, definitely worth a walk about) make sure to veer off the trail to the left about three miles in at a sign to check out a big beautiful lake! This is definitely a trail to check out!! I drove 1 1/2 hrs for it.

hiking
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