Hessie Townsite

Eldora, Colorado (Boulder County)

Last Updated: 02/28/2019
5 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 0.5 miles
Highest Elevation: 9025 feet
Duration: About 15 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Eldora
Nearest Town w/ Services: Nederland
Official Road Name: 111.1
Management Agency: Arapaho Forest
District: Boulder Ranger District
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Highlight: Hessie Townsite
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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Route Information

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1. Start (0 mi)
Turn left off Hessie Road. You will see signage for both the Hessie Townsite and 4th of July Road to help guide your way.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.951537, -105.594953

Starting Point: Eldora

From Eldora, travel west on Eldorado Avenue for roughly one mile. You will arrive at the intersection of Hessie Road and 4th of July Road. Take a left to start Hessie Townsite Road.



Trail Reviews (4)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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!

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Fun but very deep today, likely due to recent rains. Over 24” between the rocks.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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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Nik Verbeck

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Nik is an passionate overlander, general outdoors person, as well as an avid homebrewer. Taking every chance they can to get outdoors and discover new areas, trails and campsites. When not enjoying the outdoors, you can find them wrenching on the truck, enjoying another great brewery, or working the day job designing computer systems and writing software.
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