Switzerland North

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Location Nederland, CO
Rating Difficult,
Length 3.3mi
Time 1 to 2hrs

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An extension of Trail#29. Accesses an optional difficult hill climb called “Cliffhanger 2.0.”

This trail is an extension of Switzerland Trail #29. It is described here separately because it includes difficult terrain. After 2 miles, the easy portion of the route that follows the historic railroad grade becomes impassable. At Waypoint 03, you’ll bear left up a steep, rocky hill and finish the route on more difficult F.S. Road 461. The northern route also includes an optional side challenge known as Cliffhanger 2.0. It ends at a high camp spot with an outstanding panoramic view. We saw unlicensed vehicles using the trail despite the fact that it is a county road. Small parking areas at both ends of trail. Open
all year, weather permitting.


Trail Ratings Defined

Difficult. The flat portion of the route is easy; however, it is narrow in spots with scratchy tree branches. Road 461 is steep and rocky in places, but a high-clearance, aggressive SUV can do it with an experienced driver. Cliffhanger 2.0 (not to be confused with better-known “Cliff Hanger” in Moab) is extremely steep with loose, moderate sized rock. Aggressive tires, lockers, and very high clearance are recommended.





1 to 2hrs

High Point

8,973 ft

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(303) 541-2500Roosevelt N.F., Boulder R.D.

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