Hessie Trailhead provides access to the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Devils Thumb, Lost Lake, King Lake, Woodland Lake and Diamond Lake trails. This trailhead is extremely popular during the summer months and parking is limited. Please use the Boulder County Hessie Shuttle if day hiking on a weekend. In winter, access is typically from the town of Eldora.
At a Glance
||This trailhead accesses the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area:
- 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:
Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
- Motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited.
- Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
- Campfires prohibited.
- Campsites must be at least 100 feet away from water and trail.
- Group size is limited to 12 (people and livestock combined).
||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.