The historic old Switchback Railway was an amazing part of the Industrial Revolution in the late 1800's. Now it is a nice trail to walk/hike/jog or ride bike. It has a 4 percent grade, so it's a little harder going one way. Suggested hikes are from Flagstaff Road to Mauch Chunk Lake and back (3.5 miles), or make a long loop out of it from Flagstaff road to MCLake, cross road, U-turn at 5-mile tree, all the way to Point, down Wagon road, then through town and back on Trail toward Flagstaff Rd. This is one of many trails in the Jim Thorpe area, so if you want a guide to help you make the most of your time here, look up 'the JTX'. Doing part or all of the Switchback takes you through some nice areas, and almost everyone can do at least some of it. A great trail.
Trail length: 12 miles
Posted by Tom from JTX on January 7, 2010
Note: You're not logged in. If you'd like to associate this post with your account, login now
Reviews of Switchback Rail Trail
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
was a pretty desent hike the begining is a little boring but once you reach to top near the rock outcrop its worth the view. we were able to stretch it out to like 14 miles once we finished the switchback we walked through downtown jim thorpe and got on the lower trail back toward the campground across from the switchback trail head. Great hike for beginners thats were me and my hiking partner started and we still revisit there at least once a year.
Was this helpful?
Hiking Trail Recommendations
No recommendations yet.
Switchback Rail Trail
out of 5
based on 1 ratings.
1 user reviews.
Pennsylvania Outdoor Lists