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Hessie Trailhead Shuttle

Free Summer Weekend Hiker Shuttle

May 27-Oct. 9, 2022

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:

  • Devil's Thumb-High Lonesome
  • Betty and Bob Lakes
  • King Lake
  • Jasper Lake
  • Lost Lake
  • Woodland Lake
  • Storm Lakes
  • Skyscraper Reservoir
Take the Bus to the Shuttle for Free

To get from Boulder to the Hessie Trailhead without a car, take the RTD Bus Route NB/NB1/NB2 to Nederland from the RTD Downtown Boulder Station at 14th and Walnut.

New for 2022! 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 27-October 9, 2022
  • Pickup locations:
    • Saturday and Sunday: Nederland High School
    • Friday: Nederland RTD Park-n-Ride
  • Approximately every 15 minutes
  • Leashed dogs are welcome aboard
  • Bikes are not allowed on the shuttle due to a lack of bike racks
Hikers gathered on the green shuttle van for the Hessie Trailhead
More Hiker Shuttles

Did you know you can get to other popular trailheads via buses from Boulder? Ride for free (or nearly free) and avoid parking hassles.

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.