Switzerland Trail - Trail, Boulder, Colorado

Switzerland Trail - Trail, Boulder, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

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.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 04, 2012]
Soundtallica
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used:

Walker

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3
VALUE
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2
[Jun 21, 2008]
nomit
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used:

south sourdough, west mag, dogs

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3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 09, 2006]
nca777
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

todd gulch, pennsylvania gulch

Similar Products Used:

secret maze on the south side of sugarloaf/bald mountain.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
[Jul 29, 2005]
smarchman33
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

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

Similar Products Used:

Blue Dot, Miller Rock

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 14, 2005]
MK_
Cross Country Rider

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.

Similar Products Used:

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.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 14, 2004]
nca777
Racer

Switzerland trail should only be used as a jumping off point for most riders other than beginners or people who just like to take it easy. There are so many great singletracks off switzerland. You should bring a map and compass and a little curiousity. Beware though, you WILL get lost at some point. The old fire roads and pirate singletracks create quite a maze on the south side of glacier lake road, but there is some of the best sngletrack riding around to be had over there. North of Sunset, there is a singletrack that drops from Gold Hill road down, but I'm not telling you where it is. You can find it yourself. But this is one excellent 1.5-2.5 mile singletrack downhill. Good Luck

Customer Service

Get off the road.

Similar Products Used:

Name your own

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RATING
5
VALUE
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2
[Jul 18, 2002]
J-Dog

Sweet ride, not too crowded affords many opportunities for different longer rides that either go west toward the Peak to Peak Highway or East toward Boulder. Look at a map to see what you can do.

Customer Service

There are lots of ways to do this trail by hooking up with other trails and forest roads. For a first ride I suggest riding up the N. side toward Goldhill. When you get to the Goldhill Road go right and follow this to Goldhill. Go through the little town and take a right down Goldrun Road. Be careful on this road as it is a fast downhill and there are a fair amount of cars and sections where you can lose it and take a plunge. Follow this down the Salina and the sign for Wall St and go right there (Fourmile Canyon Dr) and take that back up to Sunset where you parked. This is a 16 mi ride that is a good workout, but not really technical except in a couple spots on the way up the Switzerland Trail.

Similar Products Used:

Betasso, Walker, Sourdough, Yellow Brick Road (just kidding)

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RATING
4
VALUE
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[Sep 09, 2002]
Andy

Not much in term of parking, so we rode several miles on gravel/semi-paved road until you hit the mountain. Tried to climb Pennsylvania Gulch, but very difficult and steep - only made it half way up cuz my lungs were on fire! My body isn't used to that elevation... Followed the main trail up for several more miles - gradual climb on loose rock trail. Occasional dirtbikes, so be careful around corners, cuz these guys haul ass! Incredible views and quite windy, which helps as you go downhill, so you don't have to use brakes as much.

Customer Service

forgot how to get there, but its long and you need to catch Four Mile Canyon...

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3
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 23, 2002]
Todd

This trail is fun. A good long ride which is mostly a 4x4 trail. Came across 3 4x4s and an ATV. The first section is a very gradual to flat climb. The downhill, the next section, is where it's all about! You lose about 1500 feet in less than 1.5 miles. Alot of fun....very rocky!! The last section is all up hill, nearly 4 miles. Overall this trail is great. The views are spectacular.

Customer Service

Take 36 into Boulder. Take a left on Canyon Blvd. Travel about 5 miles. Take a right onto Sugarloaf Rd. Travel another 5 miles. Take a right onto Sugarloaf Mtn Rd. Travel up a gravel road about 1 mile to the trailhead.

Similar Products Used:

Sourdough Trail, Walker Ranch

OVERALL
RATING
4
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