“A calm forest trail with access to Mt. Massive.
— Tyler Prince
Lake · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
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.
The first half of this trail, with a clear trail and minimal elevation, is excellent for running. After bypassing the turnoff up Mt. Massive
the grade increases up to the lake, but the trail remains good.
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.