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Half Moon (Tigiwon) Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Sawatch Range
14ers Served:  Mt. of the Holy Cross
Road Type:  2WD, easy dirt road 1   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD dirt to the TH.
Directions:  From Interstate 70, take Exit 171 and follow U.S. 24. Drive almost 5 miles and turn right onto the Tigiwon road. The turn is just before U.S. 24 crosses the Eagle River and starts to switchback up the hillside. The Tigiwon road is dirt and cars can usually make it to the trailhead. Drive just over 8 miles to the trailhead. More information on the Tigiwon Road (#707) can be found on the US Forest Service Motorized Vehicle Use Map for the Holy Cross Ranger District.
Winter Access:  Closed near the bottom of the Tigiwon road. Road is closed from October 22nd until June 21st but they may not open the gate until later the 21st, depending on conditions or if no one is available to open the gate on the 21st or the night before. If you plan on heading there around the time of the road opening, please contact the Holy Cross office of the US Forest Service Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District at 970-827-5715.
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2012-03-23 I called the National Forest Service, Holy Cross Ranger District to find out 2012 plans for Tigiwon Road. Here is the official word: Road will remain closed until June 20, 2012 for Elk issues. After June 20th, they plan to open it full time for normal operation throughout the summer. There are still a few loads of Beetle-Kill logs to bring out, but there are no plans to close the road to move them. At worst after June 20th, visitors will experience short delays while logging trucks move. Vort. vorticity    1    
2012-03-17 Still has continuous snow except for one spot; bottom mile is just starting to melt out and get thin in places. Dancesatmoonrise         
2011-11-28 Closed for winter BillMiddlebrook         
2011-11-27 Tigiwon road IS STILL CLOSED , or at least it was this morning when I drove out to attempt to hike Holy Cross. awilbur77         
2011-10-19 Tigiwon is definitely open! We were going to climb HC today, but had a blowout before the actual trailhead so we decided to turn back. We did make it about 5 miles though. The road is fairly decent the first 4 miles, but after that gets a little hairy from the logging traffic. Anything with clearance above what a Saab 95 has(pretty much anything) shouldn‘t have much trouble. Snow starts at about 10k. thefirststraw         
2011-10-08 Road still closed. Armyclimber         
2011-07-09 As the previous post indicates, the road is closed all summer for logging. As of now it‘s open to foot, bike, or horse traffic. It appears that the actual logging activity might only be taking place during the week (unfortunately the road stays closed on weekends anyway). Around the 4 mile mark the logging equipment has damaged the road. A light mountain bike works fine through this section. I‘d imagine they‘ll grade it before the road reopens. Te bike ride wouldn‘t be bad with light packs, but at 8 miles and 2,200 vertical, with ski equipment and overnight gear (and rain), it was tough. Carl         
2011-06-22 http://www.vaildaily.com/article/20110622/NEWS/110629951/1078&ParentProfile=1062 MINTURN, Colorado — Forest Service officials said Wednesday that Tigiwon Road will be closed to vehicles through Oct. 15 to allow for tree removal and other work in response to the mountain pine beetle epidemic. tmathews         
2011-04-28 Snow all the way to gate closure. Moot though since Tigiwan closes May 1 through June 20 for Elk Calving. cjw         
2010-11-27 Road basically closed, but the gate is still open. Might be able to get a 4WD a little ways, but not very far. There was a snowmobile trail to walk up on for about 3 miles or so, then ski, snowshoe or snowmobile only. Snow gets pretty deep past community house - more trail-breaking involved. As of today, there is a ski track all the way up to and past the Half Moon TH. craigjhn         
2010-11-13 Tigwon is still open and road is packed snow all the way to the trail head. One nasty pothole, but cars/suvs can make it around. Lots of hunters, so bring some bright clothes. Trail is pretty much snowshoe only, or at least becomes so relatively quickly. csommer69         
2010-10-30 Road is iced over for most of the 8 miles. We made it though with 4WD in a Tacoma truck. You will need snowshoes if you do the Halo Ridge route. We didn‘t take them and postholed to our knees and thighs for an hour before turning back. WIclimber         
2010-08-30 Minor pot hole and rock bumps. A passenger car can drive it. FredBud         
2010-06-21 I drove the road yesterday 1:30hrs after opening, its dry all the way to the trailhead. There are a few downed trees but they are easily passable. yorksman         
2010-06-15 Park Rangers say the road will be opened Sunday, June 20th, at noon. slaggbottom         
2010-05-29 The gate closure is 0.7 mile up from the bottom of the Tigiwon road. BillMiddlebrook         
2010-05-10 Annual Elk Closure is in effect, road is closed May 1 - June 20 for Elk Calving season. Chicago Transplant         
2009-12-29 Gate is now locked. Usually opens around 7-7:30am and closes around 4:00pm or a little later. Road is now well groomed and packed down by the snowmobiles and CAT from Nova Guides. Snowshoes are not needed for the road. XC skis would be nice! ++Snow from the TH to Halfmoon Pass is dry, deep pow and very unconsolidated. Kiefer         
2009-11-24 Tigiwon Road is still drivable all the way to the trailhead ONLY if you have 4-wheel drive. Rear-wheel or 2-wd vehicles will get stuck. Road is snow-covered from just past the Nova trailer all the way to the TH. Kiefer         
2009-10-04 Road was clear as of Saturday, October 3rd. Some very small ice/snow patches in spots, not a problem for any vehicle. mrgooseskin         
2009-06-30 Tigiwon road is open. Did Holy Cross 6/29/09. I would not do this thing on a weekend. There were at least 20 vehicles there on a Monday!! cmsmithh         
2009-06-25 Phoned the Holy Cross Ranger Station and the Tigiwon road is now open. cmsmithh         
2009-05-26 Spoke with ranger. States that based on current snow conditions, the road should definitely be open June 20th. Mountain Woman         
2009-05-07 The Road is Closed from May 1 to June 20 for Elk Calving. This includes hiking the road. Chicago Transplant         
2009-03-23 on 21 March this was very definately closed at the very bottom. It is 8 miles to the traihead, and it is all uphill and snowpacked. There is a snowmobile concession that runs the trail, I was considering renting a sled to get me up there. You should be able to call the snowmobile concession and get updates as it starts to thaw, Nova Guides, 719-486-2656 or 888-949-6682. CSguy         

Can you spell "Tigiwon" ? (Added by: billmiddlebrook on 2007-07-01)The TH at the end of the road. (Added by: billmiddlebrook on 2007-07-01)The main parking area and trailhead. (Added by: billmiddlebrook on 2007-07-01)The start of the Holy Cross trail – near the kiosk. (Added by: billmiddlebrook on 2007-07-01)

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