N. Halfmoon Creek Trailhead


Road Difficulty

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.

Driving Directions

From U.S. 24 just south of Leadville, turn onto Colorado 300. Drive 0.7 mile, turn left onto County Road 11 and continue another 1.2 miles before turning right onto the Halfmoon Creek road. Reset your trip odometer and follow the Halfmoon Creek dirt road for 5.3 miles to reach the Mt. Massive parking area on the right. The road above this point becomes more difficult so low-clearance or 2WD vehicles should definitely park at the Mt. Massive trailhead. Continue to 7.3 miles and keep straight at a junction. Now the road gets more difficult, requiring 4WD with good clearance. Overcome the last 0.5 mile to reach the small, marked trailhead on the right. There's parking for about 8-10 vehicles at or near the trailhead.

Winter Access

Usually closed just a short distance up from where the road changes to dirt - over 8 miles below the TH.
Status Updates 
Posted By: Horn
Info: As others have said, it‘s not really a hole as much as just large potholes that you would come across while on a 4wd trail. I got my Outback up without much trouble at all. Although I have been told I‘m crazy so maybe just park below the section that gets steep. It doesn‘t add that to the trip, maybe a mile total RT but that‘s still better than the Standard route.
Posted By: asnellstrom
Info: I‘m not quite sure why everyone is saying the "hole" in the road is that big. ANY stock 4wd vehicle CAN drive to the upper trailhead of this road. Would I take a subaru? NO! Could you get a subaru up there? Probably, I have seen subaru‘s in worse places...
Posted By: LivingOnTheEdge
Info: The previous update of the culvert is accurate, though we didn’t have any issues getting by it in a Lexus GX470. Also saw an older Subaru Outback up top that wasn‘t there when we parked in the morning. Also a rock crawler Jeep that wouldn’t try it. So go figure. It’s definitely doable and looks worse than it is.
Posted By: Lyssah
Info: Road to Halfmoon Creek Trailhead (standard Massive approach) was dry but had the typical washouts and holes. Past Halfmoon Creek Trailhead, the remaining stretch of road to North Halfmoon Creek Trailhead is also dry, but there is one humongous hole at the top of a hill intersecting with a buried culvert pipe. The pipe is exposed from wear and right beside the hole with the pipe is a giant hole/washout. Giant. We were in a chevy silverado with skid plates and with some careful maneuvering, were able to avoid both the exposed culvert and straddle the giant hole. I would say it isn‘t a beginner move, but when we got to the end of the road at North Halfmoon Creek Trailhead, there was a suburu outback sitting there. Who knows for how long, but somehow it made it past the disaster hole and the rest of the dry, but extremely rugged 4WD trail.
Posted By: KTC88
Info: Dry all the way to the TH and in pretty decent shape. High clearance vehicle a good idea for the last .5 mile.
Posted By: spiderman
Info: Drove to 10,300‘ with Civic.
Posted By: goldenite
Info: Road in good enough shape to get my 5.5 inch clearance car to the 110J junction. Read that my car couldn’t pass a spot further on the road and they were right. Just a few hundred yards up is a big, deep pot whole abutting a culvert that people have partly filled with rocks. Half of the vehicles parked at the junction and the others at the TH, based on clearance.
Posted By: 2giqs
Info: Made it to FR 110J in a compact Kia with no problem. Maybe 0.2 m further a serious dip in the road (culvert partially visable) would halt further low clearance traffic. Maybe a couple rock problems after that, but actually the last half mile is seemed less problematic than those earlier encountered rain filled potholed miles.

One vehicle observed at the TH: Subaru Outback.
Posted By: MountainHiker
Info: The road is rougher than last year when I drove it. There is one spot in particular on a hill after the 110J junction that separates the vehicles.
Posted By: DenverTRex
Info: 4x4 road past first TH through far TH passable by most non-modified 4x4‘s
Posted By: wyojeremy
Info: We were able to drive all the way up to the trailhead this evening. Needed 4wd but made it without any complications.
Posted By: vailmtnman_26
Info: As of 05/18/2014 there have been no vehicles to make it past a large snow drift about 150 yards before the Mt. Massive trailhead at 10,050 feet. For the next 2 miles past this point there are stretches of dry road with sections of deep snow especially in the shaded areas. Past the South Halfmoon Creek trailhead the snow cover over the road is continuous.
Posted By: Jay521
Info: No real change from the previous status. Road is in good shape, good clearance is required to make it to the trailhead. Other than that, no issues.
Posted By: mrickers
Info: Few inches of snow, but passable with 4WD.
Posted By: Trotter
Info: Road is narrow but good condition until the last half mile. That last half mile needs 4WD and some ground clearance.
Posted By: cougar
Info: Road is narrow and a bit rough but passable with 2WD and some clearance to the 110J junction. Just beyond that junction is a hill that could be rough for 2WD and difficult to turn around. Clearance isn‘t an issue as much as having 4WD here, I saw a low clearance Suzuki ‘car‘ at the upper TH. Good campsites right at the 110J junction to the left and the walk to upper TH is only ~10 minutes from there.
Posted By: cjwild
Info: The road to southwest ridge for Mt. Massive was dry and we made it to .5 miles from the trailhead in our Subaru Outback on the 4WD road, there is a steep hill here and looked like it needed good clearance, so we didn‘t risk it, several other cars were parked here. All the cars at the trailhead were SUVs and had no problem making it up that last hill.
Posted By: Grover
Info: N. Halfmoon Creek TH is open. If you are driving a 4x4 vehicle, you will be able to make it with no issues. There are no true snow drifts on the road leading to the TH. just snow ruts......and those two or three ruts are melting fast. Road was in good shape everywhere else.
Posted By: Eagle Eye
Info: Drove up Halfmoon Rd ~ 4 miles from the 2wd parking, to the Emerald Lake Picnic Area. This is within about 1.3 miles of the Mt Massive TH. The road still has many sections of deep snow & ruts in drifts.
Posted By: Eagle Eye
Info: Early section of the road has been well drifted over, has a hard crust layer & I only drove only a little further than the 2wd parking lot/reflector signs in a high clearance 4wd. I hesitated to pull into the 2wd parking lot, it sits slightly lower than the road and looked to be filled in deep with drifts.
Posted By: Eagle Eye
Info: Road is passable, drove to the N. Halfmoon Campground. A well-known section at the start of the road has deep ruts in it, high clearance is necessary.
Posted By: Eagle Eye
Info: Road closure is just past the lower parking lot where the Halfmoon Rd turns to dirt. Two large reflector signs block the road, they can be gone around but the road is drifted over & has not been recently traveled.
Posted By: Unknown
Info: Got to within a 1/3 of a mile or so in a lifted Jeep Wrangler, before I was stopped by a steep hill with deep snow that I couldn‘t get up. The packed snow in the tire ruts should serve most 4-wheel drive vehicles ok, I would bring a shovel just in case you get slid out of one of the ruts into the deep sugar along side the ruts.
Posted By: globreal
Info: This TH is open! Drove all the way to the TH on Saturday, Nov. 24th. Hardly any snow on the Halfmoon Creek Rd. Come and get it before the next big snow hits.
Posted By: mrschaible
Info: Clear all the way to trail head.

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