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Keith
05-15-2013, 01:02 PM
I talked Marco into an afterwork trip up to Switzerland Trail last night. It is open and passable in a stock 4x4. Muddy in parts but really not that bad.

We also drove a trail that went out to Peak to Peak Highway (Davidson Gulch?). That was also free of snow but extremely muddy. I managed to get through (slowly) in my stock Tacoma, but only because Marco was telling me where to go. Marco, on the other hand, was just blasting through stuff like a kid let loose in the woods after a long winter. I saw his entire right rear tire disappear into a mud hole at one point and even lost sight of both rear tail-lights briefly.

We also passed a Jeep Cherokee that was abandoned in a mud bog. Right next to it was a gigantic Ford (F-250?) that was also stuck and abandoned. Love that my stock Tacoma rolled right past those 2 vehicles.

I'd have taken pictures, but it was dark.

J Kimmel
05-15-2013, 01:46 PM
thought I saw Marco heading up boulder canyon, we took a quick ride up to ned on the motorcycles, glad you had fun :)

rover67
05-15-2013, 02:19 PM
Gordon Gulch had some muddy spots, I just spent like $25 at the car wash. Good excuse for a deep clean after the winter mag chloride and Desert trips!

The two that were stuck were off trail trying to avoid the mud that in reality was not too bad. it's a shame to see how people tear more stuff up when they don't know what they are doing. that Jeep was buried pretty deep in a dumb soft spot and that f-250 was just high centered on it's axle. Two situations that simply getting out and scouting the route would have avoided.

Anyways, It was fun getting out, summer is here!

smslavin
05-15-2013, 03:29 PM
nice. if you guys head out on a wed or thur afternoon/evening, let me know. i'll get a hall pass and come meet you.

egesledder
05-15-2013, 05:23 PM
It seems like every time I'm back in the gordon gulch area after the snow melts off, there is always some stock vehicle stuck somewhere and abandoned. That spot where we saw the Jeep and Ford had a Nissan Xterra with street tires burried up to the doors on Monday when I went through on the bike. I've pulled a Honda Accord out of the mud back there too a few years ago. Sometimes it just makes you wonder how some people survive on a day-to-day basis.

Anyway... Good to meet you Keith, I had fun. Marco's driving is always entertaining, especially as a passenger.

Keith
05-16-2013, 05:57 PM
Anyway... Good to meet you Keith, I had fun. Marco's driving is always entertaining, especially as a passenger.

Good to meet you as well. I am completely satisfied with the amount of entertainment I received... Not being a passenger. I am still having flashbacks.

egesledder
05-23-2013, 09:59 AM
http://www.9news.com/rss/article.aspx?storyid=337642

Jacket
05-23-2013, 04:00 PM
Dayum. That's messed up.

Shotshell
05-25-2013, 07:36 PM
Keith, is there any way you could post up the GPS Coordinates on the trail head for Switzerland Trail?

smslavin
05-26-2013, 08:22 AM
here ya go...
http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=20

Fishy
05-26-2013, 09:51 AM
Keith, is there any way you could post up the GPS Coordinates on the trail head for Switzerland Trail?

Here's a good book that will get you started on a lot of trails here in Colorado.

MountainGoat
05-26-2013, 10:50 AM
Here's a good book that will get you started on a lot of trails here in Colorado.

Looks like you left out the link (http://www.funtreks.com/index.php?Itemid=31&option=com_virtuemart&view=productdetails&virtuemart_product_id=3). :hill:

jps8460
05-26-2013, 11:31 AM
N-40 01.07' W-105 30.56'

Fishy
05-26-2013, 12:07 PM
Looks like you left out the link (http://www.funtreks.com/index.php?Itemid=31&option=com_virtuemart&view=productdetails&virtuemart_product_id=3). :hill:

Ha! Thanks Dan.....sorry about that.

Keith
05-26-2013, 04:27 PM
Keith, is there any way you could post up the GPS Coordinates on the trail head for Switzerland Trail?

Here's all the waypoints I have stored for the Switzerland Trail (moving South to North):

Southern Trailhead:
40 01' 31" N, 105 25' 30" W
(Also, from here you can take a short hike (1/2 mile) to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain with great views of the Indian Peaks and Longs Peak.)

Good Spot to camp w/ great views down into Boulder and close to the Southern Trailhead above:
40 01' 16" N, 105 26' 17" W
(a little dicey to get to in a stock vehicle)

Good spot to camp close to the above with great views of the Indian Peaks:
40 01' 10" N, 105 26' 23" W
(Like above, a little dicey to get to in a stock vehicle)

Town of Sunset (not really a town so much as a small collection of houses):
40 02' 08" N, 105 28' 08" W
(You can drive here via asphalt on Fourmile Canyon Drive)

Another good camping spot that is up near Gold Hill and easy to get to in a stock vehicle:
40 02' 56" N, 105 26' 14" W

All of those spots are pretty exposed to wind, If it is really windy, there is a good spot that is really well sheltered directly south of that last spot. Basically, from the spot above, you would drive downhill, around the switch back and you'd find a pullout on your right. That one is accessible in a Ford Escort... Which is what I saw parked there last weekend.

Northern Trailhead (where the trail intersects with Gold Hill Road):
40 03' 14" N, 105 27' 20" W

From there, on all the maps I've looked at, it looks like the trail continues north all the way to Ward... I've found this to be false, at least in a Tacoma. The trail gets very narrow, with lots of brush on both sides and even low overhead... I'd recommend that once you get there, you head into Gold Hill for a beer at the General Store... Then a beautiful drive down Sunshine Canyon into Boulder.

Keith
05-26-2013, 04:38 PM
http://www.9news.com/rss/article.aspx?storyid=337642

Also, I guess you should bring a gun.

Anyone else notice a trend that something like this seems to happen in the woods around Nederland every year or two?

Shotshell
05-26-2013, 10:45 PM
A gun? But guns are evil, and only cause tragedies... Don't you listen to "Glorious Leader"?