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Hessie Trailhead

Hessie Trailhead

The free Hessie Shuttle runs Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. View Schedule

The Hessie Trailhead is a busy access point to US Forest Service lands and popular trails.

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.

Please consider using the free shuttle service.

Hessie Parking Map

Free Shuttle Service

The free shuttle service runs Memorial Day weekend through Oct. 9.

Shuttle Schedule

Fridays 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Starting Sept. 10, the shuttle will run 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturdays
6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sundays 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The free shuttle will have special hours on holiday weekends.

Sunday, July 3
Sunday before Independence Day
6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday, July 4
Independence Day
6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 4
Sunday before Labor Day
6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 5
Labor Day
6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Shuttle Notes

  • Leashed dogs are welcome on the shuttle.
  • Shuttle arrives every 15 minutes.
  • Travel time is approximately 10 minutes.

No Car Needed

Combine the shuttle service with RTD’s NB Route and leave your car at home. The N Route stops at Nederland High School and provides a car-free alternative to accessing the area from Boulder and Nederland. The RTD NB route between Boulder and Nederland will be free to ride on Hessie Shuttle operating days this season; the RTD route provides service from Downtown Boulder Station (1800 14th St. Boulder) and the Boulder County Justice Center (1777 6th St., Boulder) to Nederland High School and downtown Nederland/ RTD Park-n-Ride. Free parking is available weekends and holidays at both the Downtown Boulder Station and Boulder County Justice Center.

Hessie Shuttle Map

Hessie Trailhead Shuttle

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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