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June 7, 2017

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Vivienne Jannatpour, (303) 678-6277

2017 FREE Hessie Trailhead weekend shuttle running now

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

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder
County will again offer a free shuttle service on weekends and holidays this
summer and fall to carry passengers from Nederland’s RTD Park-n-Ride at 1
st
and Jackson streets 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.

The
Hessie Trailhead shuttle program began in the summer of 2012 to address the
issue of increased parking and traffic congestion on the way to the trailhead. The
first five years of the program have been successful, providing more than 5,000
rides in 2012, and more than 7,000 rides each year from 2013 to 2015. Ridership
dipped slightly below 7,000 (6,918) in 2016, but this is likely attributed to
the Big Springs Fire, which forced the shuttle to cancel operations for the
Fourth of July holiday weekend. The shuttle schedule includes peak “leaf
peeping” weekends in the fall. The shuttle schedule is listed below.

Take the Bus to the Shuttle!
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.

Parking
near the trailhead and on nearby roads such as Fourth 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.

Shuttle Service
The
shuttle service will begin Saturday, June 10 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. 9.
On Saturday, Sept. 9, 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 (Monday,
July 3 and Tuesday, July 4) and Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 4). This year, the
shuttle will be operational until Sunday, Oct. 8 to accommodate the peak autumn
leaf season.

Details:

  • Park and 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
    Nederland
  • Take RTD’s ‘N’
    route to Nederland from Boulder and save yourself the hassle of driving
  • Shuttle arrives at
    the Park-n-Ride approximately every 15-20 minutes
  • Leashed dogs are
    welcome on-board the shuttle
  • Parking at the
    RTD lot 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 abarth@bouldercounty.org or 303-441-1032.

Hessie Trailhead FREE Shuttle