North Halfmoon Lakes

MODERATE 10 reviews

North Halfmoon Lakes is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Twin Lakes, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and fishing and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1610 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

fishing

hiking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

From Hwy. 24 ,sw of Leadville, take Halfmoon Road( 110) to the trail head.

hiking
14 days ago

Still snow covering the trail in places above 11k ft. and lost the trail at about 11.5k ft so stopped short of the lake at the big stream crossing. Didn't seem to be any good crossing opportunities. Avalanche damage apparent. Streams and falls were full as you would expect this time of year.

Didn't see much wild life with all of the meadow area but there were abundant wild flowers.

One thing to note: I wouldn't take a 2wd vehicle past the Mt. Massive trailhead. The road gets very rough and high clearance is really needed. Also, there a stream crossing just past the Halfmoon trailhead that's best left to 4wd experts. You're not getting across in your Subaru. Plenty of parking space at Halfmoon trailhead.

hiking
10 months ago

Great scenery, great hike. Don't hesitate to see some side trails, they're worth it.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful trail all the way up to the summit. Steep with all types of terrain. Beautiful wild flowers. We saw many marmots including an albino marmot!

hiking
11 months ago

easy start then steep. gain approx 3300 ft in final 2.5 miles. trailhead accessible to hi clearance 4wd. little trail traffic. amazing wildflower variety up to the summit. saw at least 30 yellow bellied marmots! dry conditions for us. would not recommend in rainy conditions due to lengthy, steep Boulder fields

Sunday, June 19, 2016

We were slightly disappointed, because we weren't able to make it to the lakes. The trail was tough to follow the last mile or so and perhaps the snow played a part. Nonetheless, great workout, beautiful views, and quiet.

geocaching
Thursday, September 10, 2015

Steep trail. Difficult to navigate in the dark. Do not attempt in adverse conditions.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Gorgeous, well maintained and marked trail. We had to turn around to avoid a thunder storm about when the trees were thinning, but we still got some great views. Easy pitch/climbing and tons of wildflowers. Dogs technically need to be on leash. However, we met multiple locals who told us that it isn't really enforced, and all the other dogs we met were off lead. Allow ample time to get to the trailhead, though; it's a pretty tattered, one-way access road, but well worth it.

hiking
Sunday, June 14, 2015

Still some snow drifts to crawl through to get to the end of this one but it's never the less beautiful! I love setting up camp just a mile before this trailhead in the dispersed camping areas next to the babbling brook ( currently acting as a raging river given the enhanced water this year). Perfect way to enjoy the Rockies!

hiking
Sunday, April 26, 2015

Great hike,lots of mountain views.2012 July

hiking
Saturday, March 22, 2014

This is a scenic hike to a couple of lakes above timberline behind Mt. Massive.You get a great view of Mt. Elbert to the southeast, and I have seen mt. goat on the side of the trail.The lakes are good fishing for brookies in the lower lake and cutthroats in the upper lake