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June 7, 2016

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2016 Hessie Trailhead weekend shuttle begins June 11 – It’s FREE!

Nederland Park-n-Ride is the pick-up/drop-off location; runs every 15-20
minutes

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder
County will once again run a free shuttle service on weekends and holidays this
summer and fall to carry passengers from Nederland’s RTD Park-n-Ride, 1
st
and Jackson Street just off the Peak-to-Peak Highway (CO 72), to the Hessie
Trailhead, a popular entry point for accessing the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area
off of Fourth of July Road.

Rather
than driving directly to the trailhead, visitors are encouraged to take the RTD
‘N’ bus to Nederland from Boulder. The Town of Nederland wants to remind people
that there’s a lot to do and see in town as well, so plan ahead and make a day
of your trip into the mountains.

Shuttle Service:

The
shuttle service will begin Saturday, June 11 and will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
on Saturdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays until the weekend of Sept. 10.
On Sept. 10, the shuttle will shift to its fall 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. schedule on
both days to account for shorter periods of daylight.

The
shuttle will also run on summer holidays including Independence Day on Monday,
July 4 and Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 5. This year, the shuttle operation
schedule has again been extended until Sunday, Oct. 2 to accommodate the peak
autumn leaf season.

Details:

  • Park & Catch
    the free shuttle at Nederland’s RTD Park-n-Ride at the intersection of 1st
    and Jackson streets just off of the Peak-to-Peak Highway (CO 72) as you enter
    town
  • Take RTD’s ‘N’
    route from Boulder and save yourself the hassle of driving your own vehicle
  • Shuttle arrives
    approximately every 15-20 minutes
  • Leashed dogs are
    welcome on-board the shuttle
  • Parking is for
    day use only; overnight users should make other arrangements

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. Illegal
parking can result in monetary penalties and towed vehicles.

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
four years of the program have been successful, providing over 5,000 rides in
2012, and over 7,000 from 2013 to 2015. The shuttle schedule has been extended
once again to include peak “leaf peeping” weekends in the fall.

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