Switzerland Trail

MODERATE 36 reviews
#28 of 109 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

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trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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

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
1 month 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
2 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
4 months ago

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

off road driving
5 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.

5 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
5 months ago

Trail is open good view watch out for the overgrown trees

6 months ago

My favorite camping spot

6 months ago

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

off road driving
6 months ago

super cool trail lots of mud water crossing.

off road driving
7 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
7 months ago

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

off road driving
9 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
11 months ago

I love it very nice

off road driving
11 months ago

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

off road driving
Monday, August 10, 2015

So I started at the parking area off of Sugarloaf Mtn rd. This was a big area and you could choose two directions to go. I just picked the one to the North. Not marked well at all. Trail started off pretty easy with loose rocks and dirt road type conditions. Trail was about 2 to 3 feet wider than my Jeep. Lots of scenery and nice east wheeling. After 10 miles we got to Gold Hill Rd and had not yet been in 4wd, however I felt like the clearance of my 3.5 inch lift kit was helpful, I was surprised to see a Honda Civic parked on the side after several miles. The trail became un-maintained at this point, with bushes crowding in and scraping down the sides of my Jeep. This went on for another 1.5 miles to where the trail (Marked as #93) ended. We ran into some local there and I asked how to get out. They told me I had two choices, 1 turn around and go back or 2. climb over the peak and there will be a road about a mile past. We choose to make the climb. Had to use 4wd low and had no issues. Lots of 5 to 10 inch loose rocks on the path like a dried river bed. Made it over and found the road. Ended up doding 11.5 miles total. Was a bit disappointed in the poorly maintained section and the fact that the trail just ended and with the guy on the dirt bike that got all pissed off that he had to wait 19 seconds for me to find a wide enough area for him to pass, thanks for spraying my Jeep with rocks and dirt Ahole!. Overall a good day though.

mountain biking
Saturday, June 06, 2015

Perfect, super ride with some mud puddles but a nice combination of sand, rock and smooth dirt. We parked at the entrance outside gold hill and had a super ride. Stopped by Gold Hill for a beer after and made for a fantastic morning.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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