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Hessie Trailhead

Hessie Trailhead

The free shuttle service has ended for the season.

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 Has Ended

The shuttle serviced ended on Sunday, Oct. 10.

Shuttle Schedule

The free shuttle runs May 28 through Oct. 10.

Saturdays 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sundays 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

COVID-19 Safety Procedures

  • A mask or face covering is required to ride the shuttle for passengers 3 and older.
  • Shuttle capacity is limited to available seats (no standing; maximum of 14 people per shuttle).
  • Please do not ride the shuttle if you have recently experienced any COVID-19 symptoms.

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.

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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