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Hessie Trailhead Shuttle

Free Summer Weekend Hiker Shuttle

May 24-Oct. 6, 2024

Crystalline alpine lakes, dramatic peaks and epic hiking trails make the Indian Peaks Wilderness an iconic destination just 40 minutes west of Boulder, but its popularity presents some parking woes. Good news: there's a hiker shuttle to the rescue every summer, and it's been operating for a decade.

No passes, reservations or fares are required to use the free Hessie Shuttle service. 

The Hessie Trailhead weekend shuttle takes you to several popular hiking trails in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, west of Nederland, Colorado. The Hessie Trailhead, located off Fourth of July Road, has trails to:

  • Lost Lake
  • Devil's Thumb
  • King Lake
  • Woodland Lake
  • Diamond Lake trails
Bus From Boulder to the Shuttle for Free

To get from Boulder to the Hessie Trailhead without a car the entire way, take the RTD Bus Route NB/NB1/NB2 to Nederland from the RTD Downtown Boulder Station at 14th and Walnut. On days when the Hessie Shuttle is operating, the RTD route NB between Boulder and Nederland High School will be free to ride!  

How the Shuttle Works

Arrive at the Nederland High School parking lot. Then hop aboard the Hessie Trailhead Shuttle for a short, 10-minute ride to the trailhead.

  • Free
  • Runs May 24-October 6, 2024
  • Pickup locations:
  • Arrives approximately every 15 minutes
  • Travel time is about 10 minutes
  • Hours of operation:
  • No reservations or tickets required
  • Leashed dogs are welcome aboard
  • Bikes are not allowed on the shuttle due to a lack of bike racks

Accessibility Info

The Hessie Shuttle is ADA-accessible. The parking lot at Nederland High School and the Nederland RTD Park-n-Ride have accessible parking. At the Hessie Trailhead, there is one ADA parking space, however, no trails leading from the trailhead are wheelchair-accessible.

Boulder as Home Base

Make Boulder your adventure hub. Stay in a cushy hotel, shop and stroll the historic Pearl Street Mall, taste beer at a couple of dozen breweries, sip tea at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, and enjoy dining out at dozens of acclaimed restaurants.