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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Leadville Ranger District

Quick Facts

North Halfmoon Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,520 Feet (3279.3 Meters)
Difficulty: Intermediate
Elevation: 10,600 Feet (3304.2 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 1,520 Feet (473.8 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,040 Feet (3753.1 Meters)
Length, One-way: 3 Miles (5.0 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 127 Aspen, Independence Pass
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 1485




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General Description

North Halfmoon Trail begins at the North Halfmoon Trailhead on Halfmoon Road. The trail leads to the North Halfmoon Lakes paralleling the North Halfmoon Creek drainage. The trail gains almost 2,000 feet in elevation in less that 3 miles. The trail remains within the Mt. Massive Wilderness for its entirety.

Directions from Leadville: From Leadville, travel 3.9 miles west on US Highway 24. Take Colorado 300 west 3/4 of a mile to Lake County 11. Turn left on to 11 and travel 1.25 miles. Turn right on to Forest Road 110 then follow signs to Elbert Creek Campground. The North Halfmoon Trailhead is approximately 3 miles passed the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Late May through October (NOTE: Snow may obstruct the trail at high elevations during the Early Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring months.) .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking North Halfmoon Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding North Halfmoon Trail
Yes



Related Activities
Elbert Creek Campground - All campsites in the Halfmoon Drainage are first come, first serve. The Elbert Creek Campground has 17 sites available, and an allowance for trailers 16' and smaller.

Halfmoon Campground - All campsites in the Halfmoon Drainage are first come, first serve. Twenty-four sites are available in the Halfmoon East & West Campgrounds with the maximum RV length of sixteen feet.

Halfmoon Road - Halfmoon Road begins on Fish Hatchery Road (#300) and continue to the Champion Mine. The first 7 miles are accessible to 2 WD vehicles.

South Halfmoon Road - South Halfmoon Road is recommended for experienced four-wheel drivers only. It is very rough with a few stream crossings.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Greater Leadville Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 861 , Leadville, CO, 80461, Phone: 719-486-3900, Fax: 719-486-8478, leadville@sni.net

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