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Hessie Trailhead

Hessie Trailhead

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

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 Parking Map

Free Summer Shuttle

Park at the RTD Park-n-Ride in Nederland and ride to the junction with Hessie Road to access the USFS trailhead. Parking and the shuttle are free!

Shuttle Schedule

The free shuttle runs May 25 through October 6 on Saturday and Sunday.

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sundays 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The free shuttle will also operate on holidays and the following special dates:

Sunday, May 26 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday, May 27 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday, July 4 8 a.m. -8 p.m.
Friday, July 5 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 1 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 2 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Shuttle Notes

  • Leashed dogs are welcome on the shuttle
  • Shuttle arrives every 15 – 20 minutes
  • Travel time is approximately 15 minutes

No Car Needed

Combine the shuttle service with RTD’s NB Route and leave your car at home. The N Route stops at the Park-n-Ride in Nederland and provides a car-free alternative to accessing the area from Boulder and Nederland.

Greenride shuttle

Nederland RTD Map

Alternative Destinations

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

Brainard Lake Recreation Area

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

Caribou Ranch

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

East Portal Trailhead (Moffat Tunnel)

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

Mud Lake

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

Sourdough Trail Trailhead

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

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