Hessie Trailhead provides access to Indian Peaks Wilderness and Devils Thumb, Lost Lake, King Lake, Woodland Lake and Diamond Lake trails. Approximately one mile of trails leading west lie outside the Indian Peaks boundary. West of the boundary, wilderness regulations apply and permits are required for camping. This trailhead is extremely popular during the summer months and parking is limited. Please use the Boulder County Hessie Shuttle on summer and fall weekends and holidays. In winter, access is typically from the town of Eldora. Parking is limited and located near the trailhead and Hessie Cabin.
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At a Glance
|Permit Info:||This trailhead accesses the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area:
|Restrictions:||Indian Peak Wilderness restrictions apply:
|Closest Towns:||Nederland, Colorado|
|Operated By:||U.S. Forest Service|
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.
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