Switzerland Trail

4.4/5 (95 reviews)
Nederland, Colorado (Boulder County)
Last Updated: 12/17/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Nestled a few miles west of Boulder Colorado, Switzerland Trail is an easy outing for an afternoon getaway. Nearly the entire route is a shelf road offering spectacular views of the nearby foothills and the snow-capped peaks to the west. The trail has only slight grades as it follows an old railroad route from Sugarloaf Mountain to the community of Gold Hill. Because Switzerland Trail is open year-round, It can be a popular spot for those who partake in snowy driving adventures.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Switzerland Trail is a dirt and rock road that follows an old railroad bed through the foothills west of Boulder. There are no obstacles necessary to complete the route and because the trail follows the railroad route, the road grade is very gradual with no steep climbs. The route is a shelf road for nearly its entire route; However, finding a place to pass on-coming vehicles is generally easy. There are some locations where passing others would be impossible. Although the trail is bumpy in spots because of the protruding granite, the rocky conditions can be conquered by most vehicles. There is one optional vertical rocky climb at Waypoint 2 that would be a challenge for stock high-clearance vehicles. Switzerland Trail is open year-round and is often a popular destination for snow wheeling. Remember the trail is a shelf road for nearly its entire length with limited ability to turn around on the trail if snow conditions become impassable.

Trail Reviews

4.4/5 (95 reviews)
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/18/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great easy trail for a lifted Jeep! Snow in spots but never lost traction.
Official Crew
39950
Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 12/17/2022

Calvary 4-Wheelers ran Switzerland Trail as our last trip of the year. We had two rigs along, me in my stock TJ and Karen in her stock JK. Karen also had her friend, Kelly, and Kelly's dog, Missie, as passengers. We had billed the trip as a snow wheeling trip but there wasn't much snow to contend with. The trail was about half and half clear and hard packed/icy. We had chain along but never had to use them. It was a beautiful day, though with bright sunshine and almost no wind. The high peaks were gorgeous, covered in snow, while the lower foothill were still green with pine and fir.
Trail Review: Switzerland Trail - Bill Andrews
Trail Review: Switzerland Trail - Bill Andrews
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17350
Open
Visited: 12/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Trail is open and very passable. North facing and heavily shadowed areas of the trail have snow but it has been well tracked and easy to pass with 2 wheel drive currently. Like others have said, the relative flatness of the trail makes it pretty safe on the snow side for folks that might be newer to snow wheeling. Great day on the trail overall.
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/10/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Trail was open and passable.
Official Crew
35250
Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 12/10/2022

Went out with about 30 rigs today. The trail was completely passable. This trail is relatively level with no real off camber pitches making the icy spots safe and manageable.

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