Inpiration Point  
USGS 7.5' Map: Gold Hill
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 FR453 0.70 8,400 ft. None 0.5 hours
County: Boulder
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Roosevelt National Forest, Boulder Ranger District 2140 Yarmouth, Boulder, CO 80301 (303)541-2500
Summary: Inspiraton Point is a short road system just outside of Gold Hill. It is close to the Switzerland Trail 4WD Road.
Attractions: Camping
Natural - Closed by heavy snows.
Best Time: June - May be open unless heavy snows
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Best
Trail Heads
Camping: There are a few dispersed campsites along this short road.
Base Camp: Good area to base camp and explore the Switzerland Trail.
Fall Colors: Good - There are aspen trees in the area.
Navigation: From Boulder, CO. head west on Boulder Canyon Dr/Canyon Blvd toward 11th Street and go 0.2 miles. Turn right onto 9th Street and go 0.4 miles. Turn left onto Mapleton Ave and go 0.4 miles. Continue onto Sunshine Canyon Drive and go 9.2 miles. Sunshine Canyon Dr turns slightly left and becomes Horsfall Street. Go 0.2 miles. Slight right onto Main Street then go 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Gold Hill Road and go 1.0 mile. Turn left onto a dirt road. This is the Inpiration Point road.
After leaving the Gold Hill road you will pass a camp site on the right. Follow the well used road into the forest. After 0.16 miles you will pass another spur on the left to a camp site. Just past this spur you will come to an open area with a camp site on the left, and an intersection. The road on the left is FR453.1B. It will go a short distance, then pass a spur on the right that goes to a camp site. Continuing on the road you will pass two more camp sites on the left before coming to a large turn around area with a short walk up to an overlook of the Switzerland Trail route.

Back at the intersection, the road to the right is FR453.1A. It will drop down the north side of the hill and come to a camp site on the right. Further down the hill will be another camp site on the right, and then the road will end.

Data updated - February 4, 2020      4WD Road driven - August 6, 2006      Copyright - 2000-2020