Camping permits required for all overnight trips between June 1 and September 15. Overnight permits cost $5 per group, per trip from June 1 through September 15.
Organized groups are required to have a permit for both camping and day-hiking year round. Day-hiking permits are free.
Indian Peak Wilderness restrictions apply:
Motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited.
Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
Campsites must be at least 100 feet away from water and trail.
Group size is limited to 12 (people and livestock combined).
Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Practice Leave No Trace principles
U.S. Forest Service
Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515; Contact Us
From Nederland, head south on Colorado Highway 119 for 0.6 miles. Turn west onto County Road 130, signed for Eldora. Follow the paved road through the valley to the Town of Eldora, where the pavement ends. Continue beyond the end of the pavement for 0.75 miles to the fork in the road. The left fork goes to Hessie Trailhead.
Boulder County Transportation Department plows County Road 130 to the end of the pavement at the west end of the Town of Eldora. Consequently, most winter parking is adjacent to the road. Respect private property and do not block driveways or traffic. One mile of snow-packed road beyond the snow closure takes skiers and snowshoers to Hessie Trailhead. Lost Lake is a popular destination for those seeking a shorter adventure; those with more time and stamina (and a good sense of direction doesn't hurt) may head farther up Devils Thumb Trail to Jasper Lake or Devils Thumb Lake.