Switzerland Trail

4.4/5 (86 reviews)
Nederland, Colorado (Boulder County)
Last Updated: 05/16/2021
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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 (86 reviews)
Dan
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/11/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I took the trail from the Sugarland trailhead. A few puddles, very little mud, lots of rocks. It happened to be the day of a mountain bike event that terminated near Ward, so an unusually large number of cyclists for an off-road trail. A good place for a novice. I didn't use X-Mode most of the time, except for a couple of descents so as not to be on the brakes, but ground clearance and breakover were important.
Trail Review: Switzerland Trail - Dan
Trail Review: Switzerland Trail - Dan
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Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Nice fun trail for Subaru Forester Wilderness. Not busy at all. Met a few Jeeps, sxs and motorcycles.
Trail Review: Switzerland Trail - Roger Parker
Trail Review: Switzerland Trail - Roger Parker
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/04/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Did this today, not as crowded as I thought it would be on the 4th of July, saw a few ATV's which are not a problem but the 3 jeeps and full size F150 were a little trickier but we were able to work out getting around each other on the narrow areas. Unfortunately Gold Hill was crazy crowded for the 4th festivities, would have like to have visited this historic town but parking was impossible. May go back another time on a weekday. Enjoyable trail.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/25/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ford time taking my Raptor on some Colorado trails and this was a great, easy intro. It was foggy when we got up there so no scenic views, but that’s an excuse to go again soon. Very minimal traffic. A few runners, atvs, and bikes.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/12/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Trail is dry and rocky. A lot of side by sides and bikes on the trail, but enough space for people to pass.

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