Switzerland Trail

This trail follows the old Switzerland Trail Railway bed.

Total Miles

14

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Elevation
9,070'
Duration
2 to 3 Hours
Technical Rating
2 / 10
Best Time
Summer - Fall

As we continue to improve our trail coverage, we'd love to hear what you think and which areas to add next.

Trail Overview
Switzerland Trail
It is amazing to consider what it must have been like to be on a train winding down the steep terrain on this trail. The scenery is fantastic, especially in the fall. If you want a longer adventure, continue north. Trail is open all year.
History
In 1883, a railroad was built to the town of Sunset. It was later extended to the town of Ward and followed roughly the same path as the road you follow up the north side. It made a stop at the Mt. Alto Pavilion, now just a picnic area. Later, in 1905, the railroad was extended south from Sunset to reach Eldora, a thriving mining town at the time. A flood in 1919 washed out most of the track.
Getting There
From Boulder, take Highway 119 to Nederland, then head north at the roundabout on Highway 72. Turn right on unmarked C.R.120 just after mile marker 38. Turn right off Highway 119 onto paved Sugarloaf Road 122. Go northwest 4.6 miles and turn right uphill on C.R. 93. Road winds uphill through residential area to parking lot at 0.7 mile.
Contact for Current Conditions
Roosevelt N.F.
Boulder R.D.
(303) 541-2500