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Switzerland Trail

Average Rating:    (3.56 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

The trail is a 4x4 road that affords some nice views of the divide and also occassionally out to the plains. It is a gradual climb (either way you go) for about five miles through rolling mountain meadows, coniferous forest, and is definately a good work out.
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Latitude
40.03681511027442
Longitude
-105.46943664550781
Trail Directions
Various places to access this trail. I suggest taking Boulder Canyon west to the turn for Fourmile Canyon and go right there. Follow Fourmile Canyon about 5 mi until the sign for Wall St and go left there. Follow the dirt road to the end at a little mining town called Sunset. From there you can take the Switzerland Trail N. toward Goldhill or S. toward Sugarloaf.
Trail Length
5-20 depending on what you do
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Boulder
   


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Review Date
April 4, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Soundtallica ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is an old abandoned railroad grade, a fire road, not a trail. That said, it's good for what it is. It is rockier than your average fire road, though. This "trail" presents you with some decent climbs at high elevation, and great views of the mountains and plains. Leave the full suspension bike at home, you only need a hardtail (or a cyclocross bike if you want a technical workout) for this trail. That said, it is sort of a pain to get to, as it's in the no-mans-land between Boulder, Nederland, and Ward, so it's a bit far. Not worth it to drive to it, and it's only worth it if you want a high mileage road/trail mixed ride on your hardtail/rigid/'cross bike.

Recommended Route:
Ride from home, and ride any part of it you like for however long you like. Just don't drive to it, it's not worth the gas. The scenery does get better the further west you go, though.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Walker



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Review Date
June 21, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: nomit ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
as described above its an old scenic railroad bed.
bring your singlespeed, gear it a little higher than 2:1 and you'll get a pretty killer workout with great views of the plains.

Recommended Route:
down pennsylvania gulch, up north side, down todd gulch. don't go down the railroad bed...that's just boring, long and jarring. explore single track south of the trail head to pennsylvania gulch and it becomes a more interesting/technical ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
south sourdough, west mag, dogs



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Review Date
January 9, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: nca777 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Todd Gulch is some of the funnest, gnarliest, wildest singletrack squeezed into a fast mile or two. I would bring some pepper spray for bears or something for bear potential, but I really dont know. I just always get a weird feeling when Im ducking fallen logs halfway down the gulch by myself. You have to figure out where to hang the left. Hint: Gold Hill dirt road at top of hill.

Recommended Route:
todd gulch, pennsylvania gulch

Other recommended trails in the same area:
secret maze on the south side of sugarloaf/bald mountain.



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Review Date
July 29, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: smarchman33 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Here's the best way to ride Switzerland Trail... First of all, don't drive up Four Mile to Sunset, there is no parking there. Instead, drive up Canyon to Sugarloaf & park at the top of Switzerland Trial's south road. Now, ride west on the gradually climbing Glacier Lake Road past Bear Gulch Road (no sign) and Glacier Lake to Pennsylvania Gulch Road (great downhill) to the town of Sunset. Then, ride the Swiss Trail Road uphill north towards Gold Hill Road. Before you get to Gold Hill, look for a singletrack to your left. This trail rocks! It first goes through a nice grove of Aspen and then drops down steeply through Todd Gulch along side a small stream. -look out for a brabed wire fence/gate at the end of this singletrack that ends on the north side of Swiss Trail just above Sunset. Now, drop to Sunset and take the South side of Swiss Trail uphill to your car.

Recommended Route:
See the Summary... you can cut this shorter by taking Bear Gulch which is also a fun downhill.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Blue Dot, Miller Rock



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Review Date
July 14, 2005

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: MK_ ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
THIS TRAIL BLOWS. Ok, had to get it out of my system, my apologies for those of you who like it. This is a very boring trail. If you ride a cyclocross bike or are a roadie 9 out of 10 times you ride, this might be a good trail. It is just a steep climb up a wide dirt path with loose rock mixed in. Small to medium rock. Very non-technical, unless you count steep climb as a technical ride. Good climb for a fully rigid singlespeed, a race hardtail with short travel fork up front, etc. I hit the trail after a long ride from Nederland, via Rainbow lakes, Sourdough and others, and was completely dissapointed. I heard so much good stuff about the trail and all it is, is a rocky dirt road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Save yourself a drive and start off in Boulder, ride the creek path, right onto four mile, right onto Poorman road, right at the top of the climb, stay right, untill you hit Sunchine Canyon and bomb downhill back to Boulder, a nice ~40minute ride that's a good benchmark of your physical fitness level.



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