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N. Halfmoon Creek Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Sawatch Range
14ers Served:  Mt. Massive
Road Type:  Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD easy dirt road to 10,100’ at the main Mt. Massive TH. Then, narrow Easy 4WD to 10,500’ at the N. Halfmoon Creek TH.
Directions:  From U.S. 24 just south of Leadville, turn onto Colorado 300 and cross the railroad tracks. Drive 0.7 mile and turn left onto County Road 11 toward the Halfmoon Creek. After another 1.2 miles, turn right on the dirt road to Halfmoon Creek. Drive on the good dirt road (except for the usual washboard and potholes) for 5.3 miles to the Mt. Massive parking area on the right. Drive another 2 miles on the now rugged, 4WD road to a small junction. Continue straight - do not turn left on Forest Road 110J. If you have 4WD and good clearance, drive another 0.5 mile to the small, marked trailhead on the right.
Winter Access:  Usually closed just a short distance up from where the road changes to dirt - over 8 miles below the TH.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2012-05-05 Road to N Halfmoon Creek TH is bone dry. And despite the sign saying high clearance is required for the last couple of miles, it‘s low-clearance, 2wd accessible to the 110J intersection at least (0.5 mile from TH). I also saw an Audi A4 at the TH itself. CarpeDM         
2012-04-07 I got to one mile from the TH in my humble RAV4. Trail beyond that point narrowed considerably and had a high center of icy snow. Up to that point, I followed ruts in the snow - the RAV coasted over sections like a sleigh, as the snow grated against the undercarriage. There were two points where a trail deviated to the left to circle around more difficult icy sections. Road was excellent to the Elbert TH. Marmot72         
2012-01-21 My 2x4 Nissan frontier got stuck a little past the mileage sign on Halfmoon rd. Some guy in a sizable 4x4 got stuck several times pretty early in the trail. You can park at the winter parking lot or if you have a capable vehicle, you might make it a mile or two. The halfmoon trail has lots of snow past the distance sign. Snowshoes/skis advisable. We went all the way to the north halfmoon creek TH, about calf deep snow and some ice in places. The area was getting nailed by a storm as we were leaving. The forcast said something about 20 inches. There was lots of wind. Temps in the halfmoon area were in the thirties during the day dropping to the teens at night. For the three days we were there, the sun would only show for about thirty min before more clouds covered it up. tx_mountain_medic         
2011-09-10 Got all the way to the trailhead in my Subaru Forester, no problems at all. Saw another Forester there plus some larger vehicles. A few puddles and large rocks, was able to avoid the worst of these. rockymountaindiva         
2011-09-01 Drove my 99 Audi A4 to the F110J junction this morning. I hit one loose rock that got in my head right before the junction. Otherwise, I could have driven all the way to the 4WD TH. My car has medium clearance and AWD(which wasn‘t needed). Road was rough in spots with puddles but nothing deep. All that said, I‘d you‘re worried about your car, it only cost us 30 min of total hiking time to walk between the F110J junction and the TH. alpinenut         
2011-07-10 Not really a status...but the road is really not bad. Would have taken my mid-low clearance 1997 sub legacy GT to the top. In my opinion, almost any car could make it all the way to the top, or at the very least to the 1/2 mile cutoff. We saw 2 minivans at the top. avaske         
2011-06-12 I saw an update in a peak conditions report but figured I would add an update here too. Trailhead is open and dry. Road doesn‘t seem that rough. We had high clearance but I really think it can be done with much lower clearance; true passenger car may have a problem but I really think it could be done in my wife‘s mid clearance Subie. E-dorvs         
2011-04-25 Tried to drive up to the TH, but hit 12 inches of wet sloppy snow on Lake County #11 about 1/2 mile after the paved maintained section ended. It‘ll be a week or so longer at least. elchivoloco         
2010-11-15 Drove 2WD to Mount Elbert TH two weeks ago. Snowpack and very icy on climbs past the day parking area at Halfmoon Campground. Recommend parking there and hiking to the trailhead now. Last week, I chose to start at Leadville Fish Hatchery for Mount Massive. Ankle-deep snow to top of gaiters with untracked powder beyond Highline Trail junction with Colorado Trail. No tracks on the Mount Massive summit trail. Fresh snow today means that Elbert and Massive must have knee-deep powder above tree-line. Coppersnowboarder  4  1    
2010-08-29 Multiple Subarus at the trailhead today (along with lots of other vehicles). The road doesn‘t even require 4wd, just a bit of clearance. Cruiser         
2010-08-21 North Halfmoon is now accessible via passenger car, just take your time. Apparently they have done some work on the road. FS110J is cross-able with stock SUV, however, the road gets rough quickly and unless you have a "rig" its probably better to walk. Definately not crossable at mile 1.1 unless you have a custom 4X4 or don‘t care about your vehicle. Climbdent         
2010-08-02 I've driven this road a couple times in the last week; it can used to access several high 13ers in addition to Massive. I agree the segment past the Colorado Trail (the main Massive/Elbert THs) is "easy 4wd". Saw a car parked at the FR 110J turnoff. FR 110J may also be known as 1103A (Roach's books), 3A (the Benchmark Colorado atlas) or 110.3 (the Trails Illustrated map). It is signed as 110J. The creek crossing on 110J was a bit high due to the recent rains; the easiest way across is to the far left. A 4wd vehicle with decent clearance can make it up to about 10,800' on 110J, but one can walk the road almost as quickly. TravelingMatt         
2010-07-17 Summary: I assume they have done some work on this road because it was not bad at all. I rode in the back of a pickup truck on a hard bedliner and had a fairly comfortable ride. We never bottomed out or had any problems. The road is narrow and if the traffic were heavy, it could get interesting but other than that it should easy for anyone with any off road experience. Detailed Description: The road from the Mt Massive Parking Area (East Slopes TH) to Forest Road 110J (distance of 2 miles) was slightly harder than the road all the way from Leadville mainly due to a few big potholes. From Forest Road 110J to the North Halfmoon Creek TH (a distance of .5 miles) it was a little rockier but could easily be handled by a pickup, SUV or any car with some clearance. 4WD is not necessary if conditions are dry. If your car is low clearance, you can park at the Forest Road 110J fork and walk the extra .5 miles. MonGoose         
2010-07-04 A group of us went up this road on July 4th with a Nissan Xterra, and we didn‘t need to use 4 wheel drive. The last 2.5 miles is rocky/bumpy and narrow, and you will want high clearance. Tornadoman         
2010-05-23 Road is now open to the trailhead Kevin8020         
2010-05-15 Road is passable to about 1 or 1.5 miles below the trailhead. A few large snowdrifts exist above that and would require very high clearance and good traction. Kevin8020         
2010-04-28 I was able to get a 4WD to the Emerald Lake Picnic area. This is 3 miles from N. Halfmoon Creek. Patchy snow before and after, and it‘s solid snow from a mile before the 110J intersection. Probably be clear after a week‘s worth of hot days. A Toyota Mini-Van made it a mile behind me. seekanddestroy99         
2009-12-05 Passable on Saturdy in a 4WD wheel drive. Sunday, there was snow, so things may have changed. sgladbach         
2009-08-16 Agree with 2_Salukis. This road has been recently improved. I previously have driven my 1984 Cavalier Wagon as far as the junction ˝ mile before the trailhead. A carefully driven 2WD with decent clearance should be able to make it that far. The last ˝ mile is steeper. I would prefer a 4WD for that last part although some 2WDs could do it. There are several camping spots along the road if you decide to park your 2WD, including at the junction. MountainHiker         
2009-08-15 The 4WD road has been cleaned up and evened out. To give you some idea, there was an Audi sedan in the parking area at the Forest Road 110J intersection. The remainder of the road is not as graded, but by no means difficult. 2_Salukis         
2009-07-17 Parking at the Forest Road 110J junction is a good idea unless you‘re a skilled 4WD driver. Some of the obstacles have been partially filled in with smaller rocks, but there‘s still no easy way to the end of the road. From 110J to the N. Halfmoon Creek TH is only about a 10 minute walk. FCSquid         
2009-06-20 The last  nilaoire         
2009-06-19 Did Massive yesterday. Park your car at the last fork in the road to the trail head (where the trail info. says don‘t take the left turn). Very large pot hole past this point. Unless you have very good clearance you will not be able to pass this point. nilaoire         
2009-06-07 Clear..took a Jetta to about .3 mile of the trailhead with careful driving. BobbyPeru         
2009-05-12 As of 5/10 the road is drivable to the its end at North Halfmoon Creek. tmahon         


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