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Old 05-26-2013, 04:27 PM
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Default Switzerland Trail GPS Coordinates

Originally Posted by Shotshell View Post
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.
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