2014 Hessie Trailhead Shuttle Runs Through October 6

Monday, August 25, 2014

Shuttles start running from Nederland Middle/Senior High School at 8 a.m. 

From September 6 through the last day on October 5, the pick-up location for the Hessie Shuttle will be moved to the RTD Park-n-Ride lot in Nederland.

Boulder County is providing a free shuttle service again on weekends and holidays this summer to carry passengers from Nederland Middle/Senior High School, 597 County Road 130, to the Hessie Trailhead, a popular entry point for accessing the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. 

The Hessie Trailhead shuttle program began in summer 2012 to address the issue of increased parking and traffic congestion on the way to the trailhead. The first two years of the program have been increasingly successful, providing over 5,000 rides in 2012 and over 7,000 rides in 2013. This year, the shuttle schedule has been slightly revised and extended to include peak “leaf peeping” weekends in the fall. The shuttle schedule is included below. 

Rather than driving directly to the trailhead, visitors are encouraged to take the RTD ‘N’ bus to Nederland from Boulder or park at Nederland Middle/Senior High School and take the free shuttle instead. 

“We are excited to continue this popular summer program and for the first time to extend the service into October for leaf viewing,” said Boulder County Multimodal Division Manager Scott McCarey. “The shuttle operator, Via, has been a terrific partner offering exceptional service.” 

Parking near the trailhead and on nearby roads such as 4th of July Road is extremely limited, and Boulder County Parks & Open Space rangers are responsible for enforcing strict parking regulations in the area.

Shuttle Service:

The shuttle service began Saturday, June 7 and will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays throughout the summer. The shuttle will also run on holidays over the summer including Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day (Sept. 1). This year, the shuttle operation schedule has been extended until Sunday, Oct. 5 to accommodate the peak autumn leaf season.

Details:
  • Park and catch the free shuttle at Nederland Middle/Senior High School. NOTE: From September 6 through the last day on October 5, the pick-up location for the Hessie Shuttle will be moved to the RTD Park-n-Ride lot in Nederland.
  • Take RTD’s ‘N’ route from Boulder and transfer to the shuttle at Nederland Middle/Senior High School
  • Shuttle arrives every 15 minutes 
  • Leashed dogs are welcome on the shuttle
  • Parking is for day use only; overnight users should make other arrangements

If you would like more information, visit www.HessieTrailhead.com, or contact Andrew Barth at or 303-441-1032.  





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