2.5 miles each way. The drive time to Hessie trailhead is one hour. In the morning if you get up early you can be back to work at 9am. My dog and I will hike back on the Devil's Thumb Cutoff Trail, about three hours at an easy pace.
Please bring a bear proof food container.
Boulder Canyon has 40-minute delays for construction and is closed from 9:45am until mid-afternoon. The alternative route through Lefthand Canyon adds 30 minutes.