The Hessie Trailhead is a busy access point to US Forest Service lands and popular trails. Use the free shuttle service to avoid parking along the Fourth of July Road.
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.
Please consider using the free shuttle service.
Free Summer Shuttle Starts June 10
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!
The free shuttle runs June 10 through October 8 during the following times:
- Saturdays 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
(Starting September 9, the shuttle will run 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturdays)
- Sundays 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Monday, July 3 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 4 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Monday, Sept. 4 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- 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 N 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.
The Hessie Trailhead is a very popular destination and extremely congested on weekends. Consider these other destinations in the area: