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muddy
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 day ago

About a mile into the trail right before the split to HalfMoon Lakes an avalanche has wiped out the trail. We scrambled through the remains of shattered trees for about 2.5 hours only to find another wake of destruction. Was a real pretty area but with the river flooding real quick and releasing multiple runoffs to the beginning of the trail this trail will prolly be quite dead real soon.

Did this hike yesterday and it was fantastic! Trail was in great condition except it got a little mushy right by the treeline. Left the trailhead at around 6am and made the summit at 10:15, definitely took our time. The snow above the treeline was packed down really well. A few false summits but the top is definitely worth it! As long as you take off early you’ll be in good shape.

hiking
snow
4 days ago

For my first 14er I have to say this trail was a little challenging, but well worth the push to the top. Yes, there are a couple of false summits, but keep driving forward and you’ll make it just fine. Definitely get an early start! I left Denver at 3am to make it to the trailhead by 5:30am. Started hike to the top at 6am and summited around 10:15. There is still snow on the trail towards the end of the tree line and scattered about above the tree line. I was able to get up and down in boots with little difficulty. I would recommend poles for steep areas still covered in snow. The weather was perfect for the trek up, but we did get a little freezing rain/snow on the way down. I highly recommend this trail to anyone interested in a fun challenging 14er.

Tough climb but so worth it! The snow wasn’t bad (June 20) so don’t let that deter you. Had hiking boots and poles. Didn’t need any extra snow gear. The false summits are no joke so just never expect it to be the end. Enjoy!

off road driving
snow
5 days ago

Background: we have a 2018 Tacoma TRD OR, with 3" lift, stock GoodYear tires. We attempted trail 110 to the mill on June 9th. We made it through the first water crossing relatively easy, but the water was pretty high and flowing fast. Water came over the hood briefly, but was probably an average depth of 2-3ft. Soon after the water crossing the snow drifts began. We didn't make it too far before burying the truck to the door frames in snow. 30 minutes later after digging out, using maxtrax and Crawl Control, we were turned around and heading back the way we came. We were probably the only ones to attempt this far, this season. I think the river crossing was intimidating, but the snow was the real issue. As of June 9th, this trail was not passable and there is a good amount of snow melt to come so the river crossings will probably get harder for the next month or so. Overall, we loved this trail and all of the dispersed camping options! Definitely excited to come back, make it to the mill, and do some more camping.

hiking
scramble
snow
washed out
5 days ago

Half Moon Trail was awesome but only half the trail was present haha. We attempted the hike June 9th and there was snow everywhere after about the first half mile passed the trailhead. Snow was anywhere from 2-4 ft deep and the trail was completely unmarked. After maybe 1.5 miles, we ran in to an avalanche field that wiped out close to a mile of trail and everything really. At this point we just followed our compass and scrambled up in the general direction of North Half Moon Lakes. Unfortunately, after 3.5 hours of hiking, scrambling, and climbing through snow and up cliff sides, we found ourselves on the edge of a waterfall and running out of daylight. We made it about half a mile from the Lakes. All in all, this was a great adventure, but pretty difficult with the snow and unmarked trail.

Hiked today 06-16-19. This was my first 14er. Left the lot at 5:45. Summited at 9:15. Spent about a half hour on top since there was no wind. Amazing views obviously. Got back to the lot at 11:45. Snow is an issue in spots. If you have snowshoes, bring them. There is a snowfield in the wooded area just below the end of treeline that is deep. The way down I definitely did some postholing as I had only hiking boots. On the ascent it was mostly firm and not nearly as bad. Start early on this hike. There is some snow above treeline as well but it is not too bad to navigate. Some decent sections of the actual trail are usable but some are still covered in snow. Great hike, worth the battle with the current conditions to take in the views up top while the snow is still there.

backpacking
10 days ago

I come here at least once a year what an awesome place snuggled up in the big dogs of the Colorado Rockies. Love the trail usually backpacking and camping for multiple days.

hiking
rocky
11 days ago

Great trail, hiked it last year.

hiking
snow
12 days ago

Competed a few days ago. Started at 7 and summited at 1130. Used yak tracks only. Ascent was fine, but the descent could have done with snow shoes for some areas after the day warmed up and sunk about knee deep below treeline.

Sweet hike

There was still a lot of snow on Elbert. Post-holing through the treeline was the worst part of the hike. The snow got a bit soft as the weather warmed and made the descent a bit tricky in spots. This hike should be manageable without traction in the next couple of weeks. I wore microspikes the entire hike.

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
snow
28 days ago

Snowshoes necessary

snowshoeing
snow
1 month ago

Made it to within 1,000 feet of the summit. Wind and snow was too bad. Snowshoes are a must if you plan on doing the trail right now also need GPS to stay on trail. Recommend South trail with snowshoes.

Great easy hike with kids or the elderly. Gorgeous wildflowers in summer. The lake is a nice place to relax and have a picnic. Kids love to play in the boulder field. The 4 wheel drive road to the trail head is an extra bonus.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Hiked this trail on May 5th, there was still a lot of snow on the ground. My cousin and I were hiking in just boots. No clear trail markings so we had to self navigate and found it difficult to stay on trail. We're constantly stepping waist deep in snow resulting in our boots getting soaked which is why we eventually stopped. However would have been okay if we would have had snow shoes on. Plan accordingly!

awesome summer hike. the drive was thrilling. we camped after a mile hike on the trail. sunset was beautiful

Who doesn't want to hike to the highest point in Colorado?!? Several false summits, but well worth the effort.

Snowshoed the North trail on 11-18-18. The road is deep with snow and chains are recommended to get to trailhead. We drove a Toyota 4Runner with big tires and made it, but our friends Subaru wouldn’t have made it without the chains. We had to pull three other cars out that were stuck. We used snowshoes almost the entire way. Top is icy. Yaks trax needed. We got married on top with the most beautiful views of the surrounding ranges. Round trip in 6.5 hours.

backpacking
7 months ago

tough section. grinding ascents with wide trails. plenty of water. heavy forested area under canopy does make viewing a bit limited. start early, as temps rise it get sticky and many mosquitoes if you stop in lower areas(at least in mid july).

Summited 2009-08-01, with my lovely wife. We camped at half moon and then left right at dawn. It snowed the night before on the upper reaches. This is an easy Class I hike but still can be an ass-kicker. Poles are helpful. Exposure above tree line at 11k means you gotta be aware of the incoming afternoon storms in the spring and summer - you still have 3k vertical to go when you leave the forest. This hike will also throw you a few false summits, hahaha. Keep on trucking because the views up top are amazingly worth it.

Really great hike. Started at 5:00 AM and parking lots was getting full. I definitely felt the elevation. I recommend a few days to acclimate before attempting the hike.

Amazing but add about 2 hours more to your time due to snow. Definitely need crampons and poles. Snow is knee and higher at some points and very slippery. Took us about 7 hours return with crampons.

Truly amazing hike with breathtaking views from the summit. Trail had dusting of snow up to treeline. This lower section was icy on descent...YakTrax were helpful. Above treeline snow was a bit deeper, but trail is clear and doable with boots... snowshoes won't be really necessary until another snow or two. Wife and I summited with boots and YakTrax...poles are a must as traction can be difficult on the steeper sections.

49th 14er, easy class 1 with amazing views of collegiate peaks. No scrambling towards the summit. Very good maintained trail. Start early to beat the crowds! Took me 5 hours round trip, started at 6am back to the vehicle at 11am. Spent only 10-15 mins at the summit.

Pretty easy hike for a 14er until you get to the saddle, then it gets a little technical. We went really slow with this one for a total of 10 hours. Started at 630 and was off the mountain still in plenty of time. If you get a nice weather day in the fall I would highly recommend, the Aspen trees were some of the most beautiful I've seen. Of the 12 14ers I have hiked, this was one is up there as far as a good hike and beautiful views. Enjoy!

off road driving
8 months ago

Fun, fairly easy off-road trail with nice views and excellent camping opportunities. The weather in late September got cold at night but the daytime sun made low 40's during the day feel like 60. This road branches off quite a lot further up. If you can swing it, highly recommend exploring further and making a long day out of it. For hiking, I bet this would be good too. Over the course of 48 hours, I saw two jeeps, a hunter, and a hiker. I think the hunter got something as I heard a shot echo way up the valley at dusk.

Great hike with amazing views from the summit. It is a long hike with false summits. Just keep hiking until you can see 360 deg panorama view (also you can tell it’s the peak). Took 4 hrs up and 2 coming down(had poles which saves an hr coming down!!) poles also save time on climb also!! Once you get out of the forest , the views are great the whole way to the top ! There was snow on top of mt and it was windy and cold so take layers! I was surprised there was not a rock scramble to the peak. There is a good trail from the base to the peak which makes this 14’r easier from technical standpoint than most. It is a long hike but not very difficult . I left at 7 am and didn’t see but 1 person going up. Coming down I saw 20 plus! If you want solitude, go early!! Fun 14’r- take plenty of water and good shoes as it is a long hike! My gps showed just shy of 10 miles but vertical is just short of 4500’ which is a full day

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