Switzerland Trail Colorado and North Western R R

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado

Distance7.9mi
Elevation Gain1,759ft
Trailhead Elevation8,655ft
Top8,655ft
Elevation Min/Max7716/8655ft
Elevation Start/End8655/8655ft

Switzerland Trail Colorado and North Western R R

Switzerland Trail Colorado & North Western R.. is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Roosevelt National Forest. It is 7.9 miles long and begins at 8,655 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,759 feet. The Mount Alto Picnic Area picnic site can be seen along the trail. There is also a water along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Switzerland Trail Colo. & North Western R. R., Fs 458.1, Fs 456.1D, Todd Gulch, Fs 456.1, Fs 457.1 and Fs 457.1A.

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Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press)
Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh
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"This beautiful trail near Gold Hill is used primarily for mountain biking but can also be a fun hike. It starts high and then is a gradual descent on a wide double-track, four-wheel-drive road that is almost passable for regular cars. There are great views of the ridgelines, valleys, and some distant peaks. Unfortunately there is some motorized use, especially on the weekends, but it is worth dodging the infrequent usage. This was the route of a mining train, and then an excursion train, from the late 1880s until the early 1900s." Read more
Guide to Northern Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails (FunTreks)
Charles A. Wells
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"This route follows the old railroad bed of the Switzerland Trail Railway. Enjoy broad vistas and stunning fall color. You’ll pass through Gold Hill where buildings, like the Gold Hill Store, remain much the same as they were over 100 years ago. Please note ATVs and unlicensed vehicles are NOT allowed on any of these roads because they are also county roads. Relaxing drive with gentle grades. Trail narrows to one lane in places, so use caution around blind curves. The road surface is mildly rocky but suitable, under dry conditions, for any stock sport utility vehicle. Side roads are more difficult." Read more

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7/16/2018
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5/29/2018
Beautiful views. Easy enough trail with rocky terrain. Nice spots to camp with pretty views. Plenty of open spaces Memorial Day weekend. Didn’t air down, ‘17 Jeep Wrangler JK stock, no lift.
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5/25/2018
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4/8/2018
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10/1/2011
This Trail is as others described stock vehicles no problem, put it on your to do list if your in the Boulder, Co Area you won't be disappointed there are awesome views and the fall time has some great colors to see as well !!
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4/11/2010
Great Trail. Laid back and easy to drive. Beautiful day and most of the snow is gone.
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8/29/2009
Nice trail to take the parents on. Good, easy geocaches along the trail. Be careful about the time of year that you go back here. There was a lot of target practice (shooting) in preparation for hunting season. Made us nervous about getting off the trail to search for geocaches.
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9/8/2007
This was an easy drive on a beautiful Saturday. It was us in a Jeep, a few college kids camped in their cars sleeping off the previous night's party, a few runners & some bikers. We made the mandatory stop at the Gold Hill Store - great books! In Sunset, don't go left, don't take a hard right, go slightly right & straight up the road marked Private Property. I wish there would have been more water - lakes, streams, something, but it's still a great drive. It's sad to see all the trash & broken bottles around the miner's cabin & ruins.
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7/2/2007
This is an easy trail, doable in a subaru type vehicle. Very scenic, a bit confusing though when you reach sunset because a private land owner appears to try to fool people into thinking you are entering private property, which forced me to make a wrong turn and throw my odometer count off. Other then that it was a awesome great little adventure. Try some of the spurs if you want to get your blood pumping.
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11/4/2006
The trail was a lot of fun! We went to Gold Hill via the city of Boulder on Canyon Ave. That turn off to 4-mile canyon is a bit hard to spot, but it is approx. 4 miles west of town. After winding around on that road, we stopped in Gold Hill at the general store (be ready to pay a dollar for the restroom). It was quite a place, and had a nice warm fire in the stove. After leaving there, we found the trailhead, and followed the railroad bed to the picnic ground. It’s pretty rocky, and you wouldn’t want to meet another vehicle on this road. There are a few wide spots, but not many. After a stop at the picnic area, where a light snow began falling, we followed the trail across to Montezuma mountain. It was a real easy trail – even with the snow. It was real rocky, and there were a number of very remote camping sites along the way. I drove a stock 2007 Wrangler Unlimited, and had a lot of fun! This trail wouldn’t have been suitable for a low clearance passenger car as 4-high, and high clearance was necessary.
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Trail Information

Roosevelt National Forest
Nearby City
Roosevelt National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Skiing
Additional Use
Boulder Ranger District, Roosevelt National Forest
Local Contacts
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests South Half; Latitude 40° Boulder-Nederland Trails
Local Maps