Hessie Trailhead 

Hessie Trailhead

The Hessie Trailhead is a busy access point to US Forest Service lands and popular trails.

Hessie Trailhead

The Hessie Trailhead is operated by the US Forest Services (USFS) and is a popular access point to USFS lands including:

  • Indian Peaks Wilderness
  • Devils Thumb
  • Lost Lake
  • King Lake
  • Woodland Lake
  • Diamond Lake trails

Visit USFS Hessie Trailhead for more information about recreating at these locations.


Limited Parking Along Road

Limited, designated parking is available along the Fourth of July Road (CR 111). Parking is only allowed between signs. Violators will be fined $50 or towed.

Hessie Treailhead Parking Map

Free Summer Shuttle Service Has Ended

The free shuttle that runs between the RTD Park-n-Ride in Nederland and the Hessie Trailhead has ended. Please check back in the spring to see details for the 2017 shuttle schedule.





Alternative Destinations

The Hessie Trailhead is a very popular destination and extremely congested on weekends. Consider these other destinations in the area:

East Portal Trailhead (Moffat Tunnel)

  • USFS
  • Access to the South Boulder Creek Trail
  • Hiking, biking and equestrian use
  • Dogs allowed

Sourdough Trail Trailhead

  • USFS
  • Hiking, biking and equestrian use
  • Dogs allowed

Brainard Lake Recreation Area

  • USFS
  • Day use fee required
  • Hiking, biking and equestrian use
  • Dogs allowed
  • RV, bus and trailer parking

Mud Lake

  • Boulder County
  • Hiking, biking and equestrian use
  • Dogs allowed on leash

Caribou Ranch

  • Boulder County
  • Hiking only
  • Closed April 30 – June 30

Contacts

Parks & Open Space
303-678-6200

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