Hessie Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.5 miles
446 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly














Heavy traffic on weekends. Users are encouraged to take the free shuttle to the trailhead.

7 hours ago

This is borderline easy-moderate. The majority of the trail was snow and ice covered on 11/10/2018. We had microspikes and didn't have any issues. Would definitely recommend microspikes or snow shoes in the near future as winter starts moving in. The streams are partially frozen but you can still see some water flow - makes for some neat ice formations! The lakes and ponds are all frozen but still very pretty

21 days ago

We went on this trail on (10/15/18) after a big snow and it was awesome. THE MOMENT we stepped out of the car we saw a huge moose about 100 ft away. Immediately turned around and walked towards the trail. About 20 steps into the trail there was an even larger moose, about 50 ft in front of us. We were pretty spooked and almost just went back to the car but we waited a bit and he went on his way, so glad we continued. We went up and turned onto the first lake trail (I forget the name) and it was frozen and beautiful.

1 month ago

We only hiked about an hour into this trail but it was very pleasant. It was a Monday afternoon so there weren’t a lot of people on the trail. The trail itself was rocky at some points but was otherwise very easy, flat. We got to a fork and went left, that brought us to a waterfall and paths through the changing trees. I would definitely do this train again, and go a little farther to see what’s out there.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Very rocky but great trill

2 months ago

Beautiful trail! As a lot of the reviews mention, go all the way to Lost Lake! It’s a half mile up after the end of the Hessie Trail.

Huge tip to not get lost: Download the map if you have Premium version of All Trails. If you just have the free version, keep the app open on your phone. When you get there, go to the trail on All Trails and click on the trail map. When you’re in the area, your phone will show a blue dot with your location on the map. Just follow the red line to stay on the trail. When you reach the end of the Hessie Trail, follow the dotted lines to Lost Lake.

When you get to the fork where you can either go left to go to Lost Lake, or go right to go on a different trail, make sure to take a right first, walk about a quarter mile til you get to a wooden bridge that goes across a stream. That valley over the bridge is gorgeous! We were originally going to just take a left to Lost Lake, but another hiker recommend we walk down to the valley first. After you check out the valley, turn around, go back the way you came, then go left when you get back to the fork to go to Lost Lake.

The hike itself isn’t hard, but it does get rocky after the Hessie Trail ends. The elevation is the only thing that makes it somewhat difficult, it’s at 9k feet. Other reviews said it’s probably not a good hike for out of towners, but I disagree. There were 6 year old kids on the trail and they were making it just fine. Just make sure to bring lots of water.

Also, about a quarter mile before you get to the end of the Hessie Trail you’ll hear a waterfall. Follow the sound, and it will take you to the beautiful stream that turns into a waterfall. It’s where the pictures of people in the water were taken on this trail description. Must see! Water is freezing, but very refreshing on a hot day.

2 months ago

Completed this trail by going all the way to Lost Lake. Short hike by the creek and waterfall. If you go this one, go all the way to Lost Lake. You won't regret!

2 months ago

Great views but very rocky to get to the lake.

3 months ago

Not a loop trail, and it is over 2 miles one way to get to Lost Lake. We had a time constraint and had to turn around and didn't see the lake. Due to misleading description on AllTrails we didn't allow enough time. Trail is poorly marked with a few spots you have to choose a trail, but indeed there are many hikers to consult. Download the map before you get up there. I forgot and didn't have service so it was too late. Map would have been helpful. The difficulty ratings on AllTrails are also misleading. As an experienced and relatively fit hiker this hike is easy, but the I'm trying to find a trail for out of town visitors with varying fitness levels and this ain't it. There's many other trails on AllTrails rated as easy that are clearly not easy.

3 months ago

It is really only a short .5 mile rocky walk to other trailheads. other trails are probably 2 or 3 miles at least.

3 months ago

Beautiful trail, easy access. The parking lot is full but you do not run into many people on the actual trail.

4 months ago

We took this trail to Lost Lake. We plan on going back to check out the other lakes and trails another day. This place is beautiful! The trail is moderate to hard in certain areas, but ultimately is kid and dog friendly as long as you take it easy. Several areas where you cross waterfalls, rivers, and muddy trail puddles. The trail is not clearly marked but there is enough traffic you can always count on finding fellow hikers to figure out where to go. There is an old truck in the woods which baffles me as to how it got there and it’s an awesome find. Lost Lake is small but beautiful, definitely worth the steep hike to reach it. My only advice would be to get there either super early OR late after 4pm to find parking. Parking is on the street on one side only, the road ends up being one lane and is extremely hard to drive on with all the traffic. There is a free shuttle that will take you from town to the trail and back so maybe consider doing that instead of trying to park. We got there at 10am and had to park over a mile away and walk to the trail because it was so busy.

4 months ago

Wow! Fabulous with a surprise around every corner. Challenging but still good for beginners. The waterfall in June was just dramatic and full and provided many scenic views.

5 months ago

Hiked 5/30/2018
Easy trail to hike but still pretty muddy in some areas as well as snow in others. We originally tried to get to one of the lakes further down the trail but had to turn around twice because the trail is not very defined. Ended up going to Lost Lake, it was gorgeous!

5 months ago

Hiked 5/27/2018
Easy, short hike up to lost lake. Was a little wet, but I had tennis shoes on and was able to completely avoid all the water.

Mostly in shade on the way up. Plenty of other friendly, respectful people to help guide the way, though there’s very little chance losing the trail.

Lost lake has a handful of campsites which are right on the water, so plenty of easy access views to be had.

Oh, and the Hessie Trail to Lost Lake has a couple of obvious signs which link to Woodland lake King Lake Jasper Lake and Diamond Lake/4th of July Trail.

TAKE THE FREE SHUTTLE FROM NEDERLAND TO THE TRAIL. Pick up the shuttle across from the Nederland library. Ample free parking. Nederland has a round-about (hard to miss); look for the sandwich board sign pointing you to the pickup spot. From the round-about, drive towards Estes Park and the shuttle boarding is about 1000 feet from the round-about on the left hand side. PICK UP STARTS AT 8-ISH. I was there s little before 8a and they hadn’t set out the sign yet. Meh.

6 months ago

Easy hike. Went today 5/13/18 and there was minimal packed snow up to the lake. We had on hiking boots and tennis shoes. There is some water to walked through, but our friends with tennis shoes manage just fine walking on logs/rock to pass by. Pretty lake up top and campsites.

Wonderful trail, went up to lost lake. It was very snowy but well packed. Had to like in a bit from the main road.

8 months ago

Great little winter hike. We went the extra half mile to Lost Lake. In the winter you can't park at the trailhead so that adds about a half mile as well. No snowshoes required but yaktraks are nice!

8 months ago

Good view, the roads closed so it’s about a 10-20 minutes walk to the trail head.
Fairly trafficked trail even in the winter so I’d leave your snow shoes at home, yaktraks with hiking boots is sufficient, some parts of the trail are icy.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pretty falls. Long way back to the trail head and very poor signage. Would have hiked longer if we knew we were heading in the right direction.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

The trail itself is nothing special until you rise above treeline and/or reach a lake. King's lake highly recommended.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Be sure to keep trecking to the lake! Great hike!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

I loved this easy walk marked by glorious stands of aspen, lots of rushing water, a lovely bridge, fox, and other wildlife. Easy drive, easy parking, but get there early; the trail gets crowded and you have to take a shuttle. Lovely flowers and mountain views.

Friday, July 28, 2017

this isn't a trail so much as a 4x4 road that leads to other trails. the rocks are all different sizes which means you have to look at your feet the whole time and not the scenery. the road is so wide that you aren't really in the trees and private property everywhere means you have to stick to the road only. the waterfalls are pretty though.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Great trail a steady incline all the way the only complaint is the trail is full of rocks.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

love love love this trail, highly recommend taking far left trail at fork and following the small path along the river. There are rocks that you'll have to climb, but I'm not in shape at all and managed just fine. The beauty just continues and continues!!

Friday, June 16, 2017


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Waterfalls and views

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Amazing hike with beautiful creek, waterfalls, lake and wild flowers! Be prepared to wet you sneakers, still plenty of snow on top of the trail.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Great hike but the runoff can make some people's shoes wet. so wear waterproof shoes with good traction. Great views and the waterfall is very then strong due to the runoff

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