Hessie Trailhead 

Hessie Trailhead

The Hessie Trailhead is a busy access point to US Forest Service lands and popular trails.
The free shuttle service is now running.

 Your Visit

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, 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.

Please consider using the free shuttle service.

Hessie Treailhead Parking Map

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

 Shuttle Service

Free Summer Shuttle Service

The free shuttle service runs through October 5, 2014. The shuttle runs only on weekends. Park at the RTD Park-n-Ride in Nederland for free and ride to the junction with Hessie Road to access the USFS trailhead.

Where to Park

  • Park at the Park-n-Ride in Nederland
  • Shuttle parking is for day use only (Overnight users should make other arrangements)

Shuttle Hours & Times

  • Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sundays from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Shuttle arrives every 15 - 20 minutes
  • Travel time is approximately 15 minutes
  • Shuttle does not stop at the Eldora townsite


  • Leashed dogs are welcome on the shuttle

No Car Needed

Combine the shuttle service with RTD's N Route and leave your car at home. The N Route stops at the school during the summer months and provides a car-free alternative to accessing the area from Boulder and Nederland.

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