Indian Peak Wilderness / Hessie Trailhead
DISTANCE: 13 MILES RT (Includes additional 2 miles for road closure)
SKILL LEVEL: MODERATE TO STRENUOUS (This is not a hike for beginners)
ELEVATION CHANGE: 9,009' - 11,138'
ELEVATION GAIN: +2,129' net elevation gain
ALL MEMBERS MUST JOIN THE WAIT LIST TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS HIKE... Members will be added based on my own and/or the groups past hiking experience with members and other factors. RSVP and no-show history will be considered as well. If you do not make it on the attending list for this hike, we will see you on the next one! :)
CARPOOLING: 7:00 is the Carpool time, NOT the Trailhead time!!
For those interested in carpooling from Denver, I suggest meeting at the Wooly Mammoth Park-n-Ride (Section BB, across from Conoco) in Morrison at 6:50 and leaving no later than 7:00. I will not be at the carpool location, but will meet attendees at the trailhead. We will leave the trailhead by 8:15.
From Nederland, head south on Colorado Highway 119 for a half-mile. Turn west onto County Road 130, signed for Eldora. Follow the paved road through the valley to the Town of Eldora, where the pavement ends. Continue beyond the end of the pavement for 0.75 miles to the fork in the road. The left fork goes to Hessie Trailhead.
Boulder County Transportation Department plows County Road 130 to the end of the pavement at the west end of the Town of Eldora. Consequently, most winter parking is adjacent to the road. Respect private property and do not block driveways or traffic. One mile of snow-packed road beyond the snow closure takes skiers and snowshoers to Hessie Trailhead.
Dogs must be leashed at all times on this trail (no exceptions).
Group size limited to 12 persons
This trail is among the most popular trails in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. It extends from Hessie Trailhead for 6.5 miles to the Continental Divide. Along the way, it passes Jasper Lake and Devils Thumb Lake. Devils Thumb Lake is located 5.45 miles from the Hessie Trailhead in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. It lies at treeline in the northwest corner of an idyllic alpine valley below the Divide and eponymous Devils Thumb spire.
The lake's east shore is shrouded by krummholz, but open along its south and west shores. Visitors will enjoy serene forests, rich meadows, and climactic alpine landscapes on the hike to Devils Thumb Lake
Bring snacks, water, sunscreen, extra layers, toe & hand warmers recommended, snowshoes/traction devices and hiking poles. Protective eyewear in case of extreme wind exposure and blowing snow and a full face mask are highly recommended. Also bring extra water, and plan for what to do in case your Camel Back Water Tube freezes up. Bottled waters will freeze solid as well.. Be prepared for any weather conditions!!
By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear you will require.
To Be Determined