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Hessie Trailhead

Hessie Trailhead

The free shuttle runs from Nederland High School. Face coverings are required.
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The Hessie Trailhead is a busy access point to US Forest Service lands and popular trails. Consider using the free shuttle as parking is limited.

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 Summer Shuttle

Park at Nederland High School 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 June 27 through October 11 on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

Saturdays 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sundays 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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

Friday, July 3
Independence Day (Observed)
7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 6
Day Before Labor Day
7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 7
Labor Day
7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

COVID-19 Safety Procedures

  • A mask or face covering is required to ride the shuttle for passengers 11 and older and strongly recommended for those 3-10.
  • To promote social distancing, passenger loads on the shuttles will be limited to 6 people or 2 households, whichever is less.
  • High-touch surfaces (railings, hand holds, etc.) will be wiped down after every trip, and the interior will be completely disinfected at least once per day.

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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