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We loved this drive, even with light rain and clouds today. It had totally different views then Trailridge Rd. as you are on the other side of the range and not nearly as crowded. Water falls right off the road, beautiful flowers, and the views everywhere you looked were breathtaking. It took us about 1 1/2 hours to get to the visitor center because we stopped at so many of the turn offs to take pictures. It is narrow and so happy it was a one way only road.

Great drive with some awesome views. Would consider this an easy road for off-road driving. You do drive through private property to get to the trail so mind your speed, so not stop and be courteous if you encounter any land owners. All gates were open when I drove the entire length of the trail 08/04/18.

off road driving
10 days ago

Fun trail. Was a little tuff at the beginning but also challenging and not to hard. Had 33’s with a 4” lift in my 2001 Jeep wrangle. Took that trail like a champ.

off road driving
10 days ago

Fun trail. Very green this time of year.
The ascent right at the beginning is fun but the crystal mountain trail was gated off.
The closure signs looked fairly new.

off road driving
12 days ago

First off-road in our newly acquired Jeep. Pretty easy overall and a good introduction to off-roading.

12 days ago

Fun but wish it had more ridge driving for better views.

off road driving
25 days ago

This is not a hiking trail. It's a 4wheel drive road. Not sure if or why anyone would want to hike this. Maybe AllTrails covers 4x4 roads and I never knew it until now. As a 4x4 trail I'd give it three stars and as a hiking trail I'd give it one.Since I view this as a hiking forum one star is what it gets.

off road driving
25 days ago

Joe & ken are wrong & most like locals who just don’t want you up here... I ride it & drive my 4x4 van up here all the time. Campered with a buddy up here 2 weeks ago. It’s open & is a legal road/trail to be on..

off road driving
26 days ago

First off road trip in Colorado. Went in my 98 TJ with stock suspension and 31in mud terrains. It was very challenging but doable. Took a few scrapes to the bottom but no real damage.

off road driving
28 days ago

Just went yesterday in my STOCK 93 Cherokee. This is a very easy trail that takes you out to a nice roundabout that has a nice hike. The drive itself was super easy and you just need clearance for certain spots, and by that I mean just standard clearance for an SUV. The drive was super nice on the rail and got some nice views of the mtns. It was so much fun I did twice in one day!

29 days ago

Beautiful views and super easy trail Signs need a little attention to help

off road driving
1 month ago

Took a not quite stock JK Wrangler up it. Hardest part is right at the beginning - you need to pick a line up a steep rock outcropping. The Rubicons we accidentally convoyed with walked right up it with their lockers. Next time we'd air down. The rest of the trail is pretty easy but jouncy with rocks. The 2nd half of the trail was closed off, so we never made it to the end.

Took two ATVs at the end of June. Heart Attack Hill lived up to its name. Check out our YouTube video going through the chutes. We took the trail start to finish. Amazing variety of butterflies and a good mix of terrain. Saw a lot of mountain lion scat on the trail at the top.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_hh2BR_DIZI

scenic driving
1 month ago

A must-do if you’re at RMNP over the summer. Be prepared to spend a few hours cruising with your windows down and seeing some of the most spectacular views in the park. Be prepared, the path is narrow and requires very cautious driving.

Switzerland trail is a great first trail for anyone. You can drive this road with any vehicle with a little ground clearance. Take the side roads for additional adventures. Pennsylvania Gulch is a lot tougher road. Enjoy!

off road driving
1 month ago

So Pennsylvania Gulch for my first off road experience ever..., no other vehicles, and at night was quite the challenge. Make sure you have high clearance, good tires, and 4WD Low before you even consider going up that one way trail. There is no turn around area, and if there was, you wouldn’t want to undo all the effort it takes to make it up to the end. What an amazing trail; my favorite of all the ones I did for the first time that same day.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Willy’s Package, long wheel base stock. I’m a BMW guy but after this trip, I understand why Jeep is what it is by my own experience. Baseball cap off to Jeep.

Make sure you drive slow down the paved road at night, animal crossings everywhere. Had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting a deer, saved by driving under the speed limit.

off road driving
1 month ago

Me and my family took this road with our jeep wrangler (that is lifted) off roading. The first part was quite easy and we thought we could drive the whole way pretty easily. We soon realized there were many, MANY rocks and tough spots. This road is definitely not made for off road driving. If you end up going off road driving on this trail, please make sure your car or truck is lifted and you are ready for an adventure because it sure is. That was definitely not worth the 3 hour drive.

Good trail great view. Overall moderate trail with one difficult rock climb

Have driven this the last 2 summers. Go early around 7am and you will see more wildlife. Get out and hike along the way up to the top of the hills and you will see lots of marmots and great views. You should see tons of elk closer to alpine ridge. Enjoy

scenic driving
1 month ago

Neat drive and lots of scenic overlooks and places to stop and walk around

off road driving
1 month ago

Nice trail, did this in 15 f150 supercrew with level and 33s. Tire placement is important to avoid scraping underneath. Slow and steady. Trail is plenty wide as we saw a hummvee with a tour. Mild rock climbing possible for most stock body on frame 4x4s.

off road driving
1 month ago

Did this yesterday, super easy trail to find. I aired down for comfort and would possibly recommend it for a few sections but you could probably make it with out. Easy trail and lots of fun. Got to the top in about 90 min.

off road driving
1 month ago

Loved this trail, definitely requires locking 4x4 in some spots. Made it the whole way in a stock 1991 Land Rover Defender, took the bypass and was still a challenge. If you pick your lines, it can be done. Everyone we met on the trail was awesome, as it can get quite narrow and with blind corners. Keep you eyes peeled!

Did this a day or two before the advertised opening so car traffic was light. Also was lucky to have rained the day before which kept the dust to a minimum!

Had an absolute blast.! Looked at the "Chute" as I drove by 
2018 Toy 4runner
3" lift
18" wheels
33 in BFG KO2's

off road driving
1 month ago

Switzerland trail is fun all around. Take the side roads (waypoints) when you can. That’s what made it a little more interesting. There are some scenic views from the backside of the trail.
For the 4 wheeling enthusiasts, I highly recommend going almost all the way through the trail to the end and take Pennsylvania Road back up. That is pretty intense. You need a lift and lockers to do it in some spots. This road is why I give the trail 5 stars.

2015 Rubicon w/ lift and 35s

Road is super super easy and was closed 3 miles in. There was a gate with a stop sign on it and wouldn’t let cars through.

off road driving
2 months ago

The main Switzerland trail is easy and could possibly be done in any suv or outback. Done spectacular views once around the backside. Once you get to the end of you go left it takes to back towards the start on Pennsylvania gulch. This part was really fun and my 15 stock Rubicon did fine. But there was two different vehicles that got stuck due to clearance (stock Tacoma and a Lexus land cruiser) it’s an uphill climb on a narrow trail with no room to let someone by. Overall it was fun and challenging and kept me on my toes the whole time.

2 months ago

Hikes this with my dog today. Attempted to do the 122A loop counterclockwise but missed the turnoff so we did a counterclockwise loop instead. Road was dusty and shaded in parts. The 247D trail seems to be completely overgrown, we had fun crossing the meadows and luckily still had cell service to be able to roughly follow where the AllTrails map said it would be. Once we found 122A there were great views onto RMNP. Not too much off-roading traffic either.

off road driving
2 months ago

This was my first trail ever. I ran it in my stock 15 Rubicon and it was really fun. Will definitely be going back here again. Perfect for a beginner or experienced enthusiast.

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