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Hessie Trailhead Shuttle Service


Green Ride Charter Services

Hessie Trail Shuttle in Boulder, CO

Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Hessie Trailhead is a gateway to the great outdoors. The Hessie Trailhead offers access to some of Colorado’s most picturesque hiking trails. Whether you are looking for an easy stroll through the woods or a challenging climb up the mountainside, there is something for everyone here. The terrain varies greatly and includes peaceful lakes, open meadows, rocky cliff sides, and towering pine forests – all with incredible views of the surrounding landscape.  

The Trailhead is operated by the US Forest Services (USFS), providing access to USFS lands. Although Boulder County provides access to the trailhead, they do not manage the trails. During peak season, the trailhead can get crowded, and parking can be challenging. But fear not, a hassle-free shuttle service is offered from May 26th through October 8th, 2023. To help you explore the natural wonders of the region, Green Ride Shuttles offers free shuttle services to this Trailhead during peak season. 

How to Catch the Hessie Trailhead Shuttle

This is perfect for hikers who want to save money on gas and parking fees, as well as those who want to reduce their carbon footprint.

To catch the shuttle, simply arrive at the Nederland High School parking lot and hop aboard the Hessie Trailhead Shuttle, which will take you to the trailhead in just 10 minutes. The shuttle service runs from May 26 to October 8, 2023, and operates from Friday to Sunday. There are special hours for holidays, please check the website for change in hours of operations. 

The shuttle arrives approximately every 15 minutes, so you won’t have to wait long to catch a ride. Hiking with your dog? No problem! Dogs on a leash are welcome aboard. However, bikes are not due minimal space. There’s plenty of space, however, for hikers of all ages and skill sets, their trusted canine companion, and hiking gear. If you want to bring a bike, you will need to find another mode of transportation or arrange for a shuttle service that can accommodate bikes.

The shuttle departs from Nederland High School, but may vary depending on the day. Please remember to check the website before planning your hike. From July 28, the Friday service departs from Nederland RTD Park-n-Ride. The shuttle service operates from 6am to 6pm on Fridays and Sundays, and from 6am to 8pm on Saturdays. Starting September 4, it will operate from 6am to 6pm. 

Green Ride Charter white bus at Hessie Trailhead

How to Catch the Hessie Trailhead Shuttle

The Hessie Trailhead is situated in the Arapaho National Forest, just outside of Nederland, Colorado. The trail is roughly 7.5 miles long and is rated as moderate difficulty. Hikers can expect to gain about 1,600 feet in elevation on the way to Blue Lake, where they will be rewarded with breathtaking views of towering mountain peaks and crystal-clear alpine water. The trail is also a great place to observe local wildlife. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a novice looking to explore the great outdoors, the Hessie Trailhead is a great place to start! 

However, reaching the trailhead can be difficult, as it requires navigating a narrow, unpaved road that is easiest accessed by 4WD vehicles. 

Green Ride Charter Services free Hessie Trailhead shuttles (during season) or group hiking transportation services provide a safe, reliable method of reaching the Hessie Trailhead without the added stress of navigating unfamiliar territory. Our shuttles are fully equipped with 4WD vehicles to ensure safe passage to trails, allowing you to relax and focus on the beauty of your surroundings. Additionally, our shuttles are petite enough to pass under short underpasses that may make some drivers nervous to navigate.

Hiking Trails

Hessie Trailhead is a Popular Access Point To:

  • Indian Peaks Wilderness
  • Devils Thumb
  • Lost Lake
  • King Lake
  • Woodland Lake
  • Diamond Lake Trails

Green Ride Charter Services free Hessie Trailhead shuttles (during season) or group hiking transportation services provide a safe, reliable method of reaching the Hessie Trailhead without the added stress of navigating unfamiliar territory. Our shuttles are fully equipped with 4WD vehicles to ensure safe passage to trails, allowing you to relax and focus on the beauty of your surroundings. Additionally, our shuttles are petite enough to pass under short underpasses that may make some drivers nervous to navigate.

The Popular Hiking Trail

This popular hiking shuttle has been running for over 10 years! The constant stream of visitors and locals creates a high demand during these summer months, which makes parking impossible. Green Ride Shuttles are commissioned to help with the surge of hikers who need a lift. And we are happy to help!

Parking Regulations

Parking can be a challenge here, especially during the summer months when it is impossible.  Only designated parking is available along Fourth of July Road, and parking along the road is only allowed between signs. Be sure to park within nine feet of another vehicle to accommodate other hikers, and be cautious not to block the road. To avoid getting fined or towed, taking the Hessie Trailhead Shuttle Service from Nederland is your best bet. Especially since the season is such a busy season to enjoy the trails, don’t risk a fine or a tow. Take a shuttle from Green Ride Shuttle Services, and relax. 

Green Ride Charter Bus White parked beside an forest

Camping

Camping is not allowed around the trailhead or in the parking area. Alternative campsites can be found at nearby Indian Peaks Campground, a laid-back campground highlighting beautiful mountain views. To guarantee yourself a spot, it’s best to reserve in advance.

Please note that overnight parking is not allowed in the Nederland High School parking lot. So if you decide to backpack and shuttle during a weekend, you may need to find an alternative place to park. You may park overnight on CR 130/Eldora Rd in front of the baseball field or in front of the football/soccer field, but not in front of the high school parking lot. However, be aware that these parking spots can also get full quickly, especially on weekends.

If parking options fail, then consider taking a private shuttle service. Green Ride Charter Services offers shuttles for hiking groups. If you’re interested in planning a private shuttle, please give us a call and we can arrange the service to you and your hiking groups’ liking! We also offer other destinations to other trails that may be less populated during the summer and fall seasons.  

Hiking Tips

Boulder County’s weather can be unpredictable, even in the summertime, so it’s essential to prepare accordingly. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and wear breathable clothes as it can get hot on the trail. Additionally, be aware of the threat of afternoon thunderstorms. You can check the weather forecast ahead of time to prepare yourself for the conditions you’ll be encountering.

Hike with Care

To preserve the beauty of the environment, and ensure the safety of everyone using the trails, please remember to hike with care. Stay on designated trails and avoid shortcuts, as they can damage the environment over time. Also, make sure not to disturb the wildlife or plants. Leave nothing behind, as littering can have a devastating impact on the environment.

Green Ride Charter Services

Exploring Boulder’s magnificent trails has never been more comfortable, accessible, and environmentally friendly thanks to the Hessie Trailhead shuttle service. The US Forest Services has made it possible for visitors and locals alike to connect with nature, enjoy stunning scenery, and appreciate the environment without the hassle of finding parking during the busy seasons. Green Ride Charter Services is happy to offer our shuttle services to take you where you need to go: The Hessie Trailhead. So hop aboard and enjoy Boulder’s natural beauty!