Hessie Townsite

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5/5 (5 reviews)
Eldora, Colorado (Boulder County)
Last Updated: 02/28/2019
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Hessie Townsite Road (FS 111.1) is a short trail leading the trailhead for the Hessie hiking trail. Along the route you will cross through a large creek, water levels vary depending on snowmelt and time of year. Thereafter, you will come across the former site of the Township of Hessie, one of Colorado's many former, high altitude and short-lived, mining towns. The site of the former Township is a large meadow with some great views of the surrounding peaks and glacier basins.

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5/5 (5)
Visited: 05/07/2022

Can't get too far past the water crossing due to large snow drifts.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/01/2021

Went for a hike originally at hessie trailhead, parking was full on site so we just went on through, at the end there are a few spots to park. Lots of people on trail, be mindful and two weirdly placed boulders in the water crossing. Water was fairly low today. Did it in stock suspension tacoma with no problem, scraped my steps but they re getting replace with some sliders soon!
Trail Review: Hessie Townsite - Hoon Jung
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Visited: 07/29/2020

Fun but very deep today, likely due to recent rains. Over 24” between the rocks.
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Visited: 09/28/2019

We really enjoyed this little scenic trail! The water crossing was pretty cool. Easy trail just have to watch out for hikers and at the end the turn around can be tight.
Trail Review: Hessie Townsite - Ashley Busch
Trail Review: Hessie Townsite - Ashley Busch
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Visited: 09/02/2018

You need to be able to wiggle around two awkwardly placed boulders toward the beginning. After that, there are no technical obstacles. It was pretty easy in my Xterra, and a bit more challenging in my 4Runner. Shorter vehicles or vehicles with big lifts would probably have a very easy time.

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