Switzerland North

Total Miles


2743.25 ft


1.5 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This trail is basically the more difficult portion of The Switzerland Trail. The easier section of the trail basically dead ends, at which point you take a left up a very steep, very rocky hill. This part of the route offers an obstacle called Cliffhanger 2.0. This can be bypassed. If you can get there, the camping at the top is unrivaled. There are parking areas on both ends of the trail. It is open all year.


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 withbetter-known 'Cliff Hanger' in Moab) is extremely steep with loose, moderatesized rock. Aggressive tires, lockers and very high clearance are recommended.

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Access Description

This trail starts across C.R. 52 from the end of Switzerland Trail #29. From Boulder, take MapletonAvenue west. It becomes Sunshine Canyon Road, C.R. 52. Follow this road about 10 miles to Gold Hill and continue another 2.7 miles to start of trail on right (see photo above).