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Quick Facts

Halfmoon Road

Beginning Elevation: 9,547 Feet (2976.0 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate Halfmoon Road is passable by passenger car to the Mt. Massive, Mt. Elbert Trailhead. Beyond that point the a 4 WD vehicle is required.
Elevation Gain: 2,903 Feet (904.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,450 Feet (3880.9 Meters)
Length, One-way: 14.8 Miles (24.67 Kilometers)
Road Number: Forest Road 110




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General Description

Halfmoon Road (Forest Road #110) begins approximately one mile west of Highway 24 on road #300 (Fish Hatchery Road) and ends on private land at the Champion Mine. The road is passable by passenger car for the first seven miles to the Mt. Massive Trailhead. The remaining road is a rough, four-wheel drive road along the valley floor. The four-wheel drive section of the road is a Gradual climb with a few steep pitches.

Directions from Leadville: Drive three miles southwest from Leadville on Highway 24. Make a right on to Highway 300 toward the Leadville National Fish Hatchery. Drive approximately one mile on Highway 300 to State Highway 11, which eventually turns into Forest Road 110, Halfmoon Road.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Summer Season: April through October (NOTE: Snow and mud may obstruct the trail at high elevations.) . Normal Winter Season: November through March (NOTE: Halfmoon Road is used for snowmobiling. Conditions may vary depending on snowpack.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: ATV Riding. Trail closed at old mine 7.5 miles in at 11,550 elevation. Excellent scenery. Two streams to cross. First one, pretty easy. Second one, over a foot deep.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Snowmobiling-At top of Ridge, this trail can continue Through Lakawana Gulch down to Independence Pass road. Take a left at the bottom of the gulch on Highway, 2 miles south to right to get to Independence.-Dan Eller Trail Crew-High Riders...http://www.sledcity.com/homepages/HRSC



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Colorado Trail
Yes
ICON Camping Halfmoon Road - Elbert Creek Campground, Halfmoon Campground, Halfmoon West Campground
Yes
ICON Automobile Travel Halfmoon Road - Passed Mt. Massive/Mt. Elbert Trailhead recommended for 4 WD only.
Yes
ICON Fishing Halfmoon Creek
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Halfmoon Road
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Halfmoon Road - Colorado Trail, Mt. Massive Trail, North Halfmoon Trail, Willow Creek Trail, North Mt. Elbert Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Halfmoon Road - Colorado Trail, Mt. Massive Trail, North Halfmoon Trail, Willow Creek Trail, North Mt. Elbert Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Halfmoon Road
Yes
ICON ATV Riding Halfmoon Road
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Halfmoon Road
Yes
ICON Snowmobiling Halfmoon Road
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Halfmoon Road
Yes



Related Activities
Colorado Trail (Halfmoon to Twin Lakes) - This segment of the Colorado Trail begins in the Halfmoon Drainage and continues for approximately 6 miles to the Lakeview Campground above Twin Lakes.

Colorado Trail (Turquoise Lake to Halfmoon Creek) - This section of the Colorado Trail is known as #10. It begins west of Turquoise Lake and ends 11.5 miles later in the Halfmoon Creek drainage.

Mt. Elbert Family Picnic Ground - Mt. Elbert Family Picnic Ground is located on the northern shore of Twin Lakes Reservoir east of the Mt. Elbert Power Plant. Visitors who use this facility will have access to the lakes as well as the surrounding terrain.

Mt. Massive - Mount Massive is the second highest peak in Colorado and is appropriately named, with seven summits over 14,000 feet. Elevation of the highest peak is 14,421 feet.

North Halfmoon Trail - This trail leads the hiker to a high alpine lake. North Halfmoon Lakes are located almost 3 miles from the trailhead on Halfmoon Road.

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:

Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box P, South US 24 , Buena Vista, CO, 81211, Phone: 719-395-6612

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