Switzerland Trail

MODERATE 42 reviews
#27 of 111 trails in

Switzerland Trail is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
82 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

forest

rails trails

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

The Switzerland Trail is a popular OHV, mountain bike and running trail along a historic railroad grade in the Colorado front range mining area near Nederland, Gold Hill and Ward. The trail is a gradual climb through rolling mountain meadows in Roosevelt National Forest. The narrow-gauge railroad bed includes rocky rough terrain perfect for dirt bikes of all skill levels and provides wonderful views of the Eastern Plains to the east, the Indian Peaks to the west, and Rocky Mountain National Park to the north. The railroad line was previously operated by the Greeley, Salt Lake and Pacific Railway, the Colorado and Northwestern Railroad and the Denver, Boulder and Western Railroad. The trail is currently maintained by the National Forest Service.

off road driving
1 month ago

I have a previous review but I went back and redid the trail. I'd say I was probably angry this wasn't rated easy, and I'm not sure if i did the whole thing last time. I have a full video up if you'd like to take a look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vF5Ch5fMuxs

07 ranger manual
bilsteins
13psi
33"
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

off road driving
1 month ago

Great beginner trail. Would rate as easy. Had areas on the edges of the trail with obstacles to tackle.

off road driving
1 month ago

drove a stock subaru crosstrek and had zero issues. had a lil snow but nothing crazy. rocks were the biggest issue but most vehicles could maneuver it. should not be moderate difficulty

off road driving
1 month ago

Easy trail with a couple of very moderate trails to camping locations.
Views are decent.
Patches of snow, but dry for the most part.

off road driving
3 months ago

very easy trail, mildly bumpy. about a 4/10 on views, kind of a low elevation trail but still had snow and ice on it today. didn't do the whole trail because i used it as a point-to-point to get to gross reservoir. i have a little footage from the trail at the beginning of this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-l-amh43TM

only a couple clips at beginning from switzerland but you could get an idea of what its like for sure.

07 ranger manual
bilsteins
13psi
33"
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

off road driving
4 months ago

Drove this trail today. Easy ride with nice views. As long as the road is dry you can make it through with 2WD.

off road driving
4 months ago

definitely an easy. shouldn't be moderate, passed a Passat on it. has nice views in some spots but no challenge

off road driving
6 months ago

Easy to moderate trail. cool trails, beautiful views. Definitely return again.

off road driving
7 months ago

Nice trail close to home. Going to head back in a week or two as the flowers will be popping, also in the fall for aspens. Surprised by the dead end as the guide says point to point but made a memory out of it for sure. Moderate is a accurate rating, in my opinion.

7 months ago

Beautiful view, but when I saw a Yaris and a Prius along with mountain bikers I new that this wasn't real offroading. This should be rated as "so easy a yaris could do it".

off road driving
7 months ago

Trail is open good view watch out for the overgrown trees

8 months ago

My favorite camping spot

8 months ago

it's good for beginner's but any vehicle with good clearance can go

off road driving
8 months ago

super cool trail lots of mud water crossing.

off road driving
9 months ago

great trail to go and just explore and have fun with. it was an extremely easy trail for the most part. at the end if the trail there is some nice challenging spots, but it's a very fun time overall

off road driving
10 months ago

Beautiful trail. Slightly rocky, but packed dirt the entire way. Any vehicle with high clearance could travel the road.

off road driving
11 months ago

Gorgeous scenery and easy drive. Although we found a switch back trail halfway through the first portion of the trail, that proved to have some tougher spots.

off road driving
Monday, January 02, 2017

I love it very nice

off road driving
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Great views and an easy drive, "moderate" might be a stretch. Also, nowhere near 40 miles, 7K feet in elevation and the directions to the trail on this app are completely wrong.

off road driving
Monday, March 14, 2016

Great trail with lots of joining trails for varying experience levels. It was snowing when we went so we couldn't complete it. We have a Jeep TJ 4.0L with a small 2.5" lift and A/T tires. Handled great and only used the 4x4 sometimes

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