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Switzerland Trail

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Location Nederland, CO
Rating Easy,
Length 14.3mi
Time 2hrs

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Overview

Follows old railroad grade through fun, scenic area.

Route follows the old railroad bed of the Switzerland Trail Railway. Enjoy broad vistas and stunning fall color. The Fourmile Fire threatened the area in 2010, but stopped just short of the trail. These roads feel like forest roads as you drive them, but they are actually county roads. Technically, county roads do not allow unlicensed vehicles, but we saw ATVs and dirt bikes everywhere. Law enforcement could crack down at any time; that’s why we can’t recommend this route for unlicensed vehicles. Open all year, weather permitting.

Rating

Easy
Trail Ratings Defined

Roads are mildly rocky and county maintenance is minimal due to the gentle grades. Single-lane width in places. Be careful around blind curves. Suitable for almost any high clearance, 4-wheel-drive SUV.

Stats

Length

14.3mi

Time

2hrs

High Point

9,070ft

Best Time To Go

June-Oct

Current Conditions

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

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Trail Updates

07/12/2017
Submitted by Charles Wells
Trail conditions haven’t changed much, but more side roads are barricaded. Also, when I reached the end of the trail, I decided to continue driving on a trail immediately across County Road 52. This turned out to be a short, but fun, trail numbered C.R. 93. It has a difficult optional side hill climb people are calling “Cliff Hanger 2.0.” This trail will be included in the next edition of this book.

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