North Halfmoon Lakes

MODERATE 35 reviews

North Halfmoon Lakes is a 5.4 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.

5.4 miles
1,564 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly







wild flowers



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

6 days ago

The road to the trailhead is very rough, you definitely need high clearance and 4WD to get all the way. There were no cars parked at the trail head. Cars could probably make it a bit past the Mt Massive trailhead, to within about 1 mile of the trailhead, where there are some campsites to park at. But depending on your vehicle, it may be safest to not try.

The hike itself offered beautiful views of many surrounding mountains and was generally easy to follow. It is very steep at times, and you definitely want to be fully acclimated before attempting. Before you reach the first lake, the trail forks, and could be easy to miss. To the right is a path up to a waterfall, and to the left is the lake(s). The AllTrails map doesn't include hiking up to the second lake, though there's definitely a faint trail going there and it's not a bad quick addition if you still have the energy at the top. We only saw one other set of hikers the whole time we were on the trail.

11 days ago

Without an ATV or FWD better park at the Mt Massive trailhead. From there the hike along the dirt road to the trailhead is over one hour. Halfway up the trail, it gets extremely confusing where the trail supposedly goes. There are no clear signs. I spent over 2 hours hours up there circling around trying to find my way and never made it to any lakes(s), turning back in frustration as it was getting later and later and hiked the 3 hours plus back to the car.
Re. lady with her toddlers below, I am positive you must have been at another lake. The 'trail' gets pretty steep in areas climbing over boulders while you're holding onto tree limbs.

15 days ago

Lakes, wildflowers, marmots and stunning views. Awesome hike!

27 days ago

This is one of the prettiest bikes that I have done in Colorado. It is a long drive back in and it a 1 lane road when you get back closer to trailhead. I would recommend a 4wd once you past the first trailhead parking for Mt. Massive. Our GPS reading showed that it was 6 miles not 5.4. Well worth the drive.

1 month ago

Amazing hike!! Took the 3 and 4 year olds so it took a while but the views were amazing!!! Had to park about .3miles away from the trailhead. Long hike for the kids but they loved the lake!!

1 month ago

One of the most stunning hikes I've done in Colorado. They're were so many wild flowers! The lakes are gorgeous! I can't say enough good things!

5 months ago

One of the most beautiful places in the world. I spent a season building the Mt. Massive trail that fork from this one and consider this valley a second home. It can get kinda crazy with peak baggers on summer weekends but once you get past the summit fork you might as well be alone in the world. A wonderful place to clear your mind and enjoy the wilderness.

10 months ago

Little bit of everything in this trail - forests, meadows with lots of wildflowers (even in September), a couple rock scrambles, and nice lake at the end. We missed the side trail to the lower lake at first (the lake is well hidden) but then saw it once we climbed up a bit further.

11 months ago

Monday, August 14, 2017

I hiked this trail on Saturday 8/12/17. Parked at the official Mt. Massive TH and hiked the 2+ miles to the North Halfmoon TH. Nice forest trail until close to the junction of North Halfmoon and Mt. Massive SW trails. From there, trail moves through forest and meadows. While the avalanche debris noted in earlier comments has been cleaned up (Thanks USFS & volunteers!), the trail is difficult to follow at times and there is a social trail towards Mt. Oklahoma that one can easily take unintentionally if not paying close attention.

There is also some confusion after breaking treeline and getting close to the lakes. The main travel travels Northeast of the lakes and the lakes are well-hidden. To reach the lower lake most efficiently, look for the small cairns at left of the trail near where the creek is very wide and shallow. Taking that social trail brings you directly West to the lower lake. There is no distinct trail to the upper lake, though I was able to bushwack up a steep slope to a sizable rock prominence above the upper lake. From here, the view of both lakes was stellar. I would recommend bringing a topo map ( images on my phone worked great) if you are interested in seeing both lakes.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Great Hike. We parked at the junction of CR11 and Halfmoon Rd and hiked up to the trailhead. Just after the Mt. Massive trail intersection the avalanche damage made locating the trail a bit difficult but stick to the warn path through the fallen trees and you'll find a large rock outcrop on the left. The trail is just beyond it. The lake is well hidden by a terminal moraine. As you approach the lake the trail continues up to the north but we noticed a few cairns that guided us directly to the lake west of the trail.

Monday, June 12, 2017

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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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

Friday, July 22, 2016

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!

Monday, July 04, 2016

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.

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.

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!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Great hike,lots of mountain views.2012 July

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

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