Switzerland Trail is a 20.1 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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: 20.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,870 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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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.

ohv/off road driving
4 days ago

This is a good road if you're just getting into 4wheeling, very easy but has lots of good dispersed camping off the trail and a few other roads that off shoot and look like fun. Don't be intimidated by the rigs people bring on this trail Ive seen Subaru outbacks make it all the way

ohv/off road driving
7 days ago

This is a great beginner trail! We took our ‘18 stock 4Runner off-road and had no issues anywhere along the route. It looks like there was recently a rock slide just passed Four Canyon Rd, but it was definitely passable. This is a busy route with lots of bikers, drivers, hikers, and runners.

ohv/off road driving
8 days ago

Skip the last leg starting at the Gold Hill Rd crossing if u want to save yourself from a sketchy uphill climb and descent. The mapped trail was covered by a rockslide as you near left hand canyon (prob a couple years back) and the only way around it is up a technical hill climb and back down a steep backside. Don’t even attempt w out lift kit. I bailed on a dual sport moto. Driver beware.

ohv/off road driving
23 days ago

Nice easy trail, has some minor snow left and with that some water here and there. Stock 4Runner Off Road and had no issues, it’s a nice easy trail, great views and open areas to stop and rest

ohv/off road driving
23 days ago

Nice and easy for the most part. I was in my stock Tacoma and had no troubles

ohv/off road driving
24 days ago

Went dirtbiking on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Great views and it wasn't too crowded. No issue finding parking at the main intersection at all. In 4-5 hours, we saw, from most popular to least: we saw most folks off-roading in their trucks or Jeeps; then dirtbikers; only 2 ATV users; maybe 1 Polaris besides the one the park rangers were using. When the trail intersects Fourmile Canyon Drive, there is a sign that says "private property: no trespassing" but the AllTrails map suggests you can actually continue further south. We didn't want to annoy people, so we just turned around and went back up at that point. People who have trailers: be aware! It's hard to find parking off State Hwy 72 x County Rd 103. Highly recommend you park at Switzerland Trail x Gold Hill Road; the parking there is much bigger and you don't need to back up with a trailer.

ohv/off road driving
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muddy
snow
27 days ago

Fun trail with good pull off spots. Only questionable part was in the beginning where we hit some deep snow and ice. Done in a stock 01’ Cherokee.

ohv/off road driving
icy
muddy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Great trail! Beautiful, lots of mud puddles. No obstacles really. Hit a pretty nasty spot of snow that was tricky to get thru towards the beginning. Closed on the way to gold hill couldn’t pass due to snow.

ohv/off road driving
icy
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Went up 08APR2020 with the wife and kids in our 2016 GMC Canyon, the start was still quite icy but we had no issues in 4WD. We stopped at about 6.1 miles when we hit the parking lot. We plan on making it back out to the other 14 miles. Very much drive-able for 4wd vehicles right now.

hiking
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1 month ago

ohv/off road driving
muddy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

4/4/2020 Only recorded part of the trail so ignore that. Snowy, muddy, rocky, etc but passable with a high clearance 4WD vehicle.

ohv/off road driving
muddy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

With recent snow fall we had to turn around at mile 12 but awesome ride up until then!

hiking
muddy
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snow
1 month ago

I was able to drive from Gold Hill south and take the trail all the way to 72 near Nederland. It’s a mix of rocky, muddy, and snow with deep ruts in the snowy parts. But my stock Tacoma in 4H had no trouble.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Nice hike. Trail is snow covered, the beginning is packed down then it gets progressively deeper. I didn’t have snow shoes with me so turned around at 1.5 miles.

ohv/off road driving
icy
4 months ago

plenty of ice patches, only did first half.

icy
rocky
snow
4 months ago

Fun trail, some snow and patches of ice but not much of a problem.

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