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North Halfmoon Lakes Trail

 2 votes

2.6 Miles 4.2 Kilometers


Singletrack

1,542' 470 m

Ascent

-6' -2 m

Descent

12,072' 3,680 m

High

10,530' 3,210 m

Low

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Unknown

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A calm forest trail with access to Mt. Massive.

Tyler Prince

Overview

This trailhead is generally closed in the winter, with the closest parking 8 miles below.

Note: Even though land management says dogs are to be leashed, you'll see many dogs and few leashes.
Features: Lake — River/Creek — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife

Description

Using any 2WD car, drive south on 24 out of Leadville. Just as you're leaving town, turn right onto WB Colorado 300. Drive 0.8 miles and turn left onto County Road 11; there should be signs for Halfmoon Creek. In another 1.2 miles turn right onto a dirt road, following signs to Halfmoon Creek. This TH is accessible to any car, but the dirt road does have some potholes and sharp turns, so pay attention! Pass the North Mt. Elbert Trailhead in about 5 miles and continue onwards. Pass the Mt. Massive Trail on the right in another 0.3 miles. From here, a 2WD car might suffice, but 4WD or at least high clearance is recommended. Drive 2 miles on a narrow, bumpy road before coming to a junction with 110J. Stay straight, and drive another 0.5 miles up steep road before coming to a small trailhead on the right.

Start up North Halfmoon Lakes Trail on an excellent, gradual trail with few rocks or roots. In about 1.5 miles weave along the creek to your left and through some willows before coming to a junction with the Mt. Massive/North Halfmoon Trail. Turn right for Mt. Massive
or stay straight to remain on North Halfmoon Trail.

From here, the grade picks up slightly, but the trail remains clear. Expect some rocks near the lake. Finish at lower North Halfmoon Lake, about 1.3 miles after the turnoff.

Flora & Fauna

Upon breaking through coniferous forest you'll find yourself among wildflowers, pika, and overly friendly marmots.

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Jul 15, 2017
Tim Nabors
A gorgeous hike, there are actually 3 lakes. Lower, middle and upper. Lower with brook trout, cutthroat trout. Middle lake abundant with cutthroat 6.3mi — 9h 00m

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Loved this hike. Would not recommend a 2 wheel drive, low clearance vehicle to get to the TH. We used a Subaru Outback and it was slow going. Didn't see any low clearance vehicles at the TH. Jun 19, 2017

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