Hessie, CO is basically a ghost town with a few buildings remaining. Located west of Eldora and near Nederland, CO it sits at the bottom of a valley, across from Eldora ski area, were two streams meet. It was settled as a mining camp in the late 1800′s and named after the founder’s wife. The town lasted a short time which is quite common for mining towns. Today it serves as a trailhead for some popular hiking trails.
My trip to Hessie was a bit of an adventure. I was expecting a short hike, 1/2 mile tops, on a warm and sunny day. It was warm and sunny but very windy. There was also about 3 or 4 feet of snow that I wasn’t counting on. Unfortunately about a mile of the road was closed that I didn’t know about before I grabbed my gear and and headed out. My half mile hike turned into 2.5 miles in snow. I got a little wet from sinking waist deep in a few places but otherwise it wasn’t to bad. I imagine it’s a great place to hike in the summer.