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Halfmoon Gulch

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Location Leadville, CO
Rating Moderate,
Length 25mi
Time 6hrs

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Possible deep water crossings on way to huge mill.

Located between Mount Massive and Mount Elbert, this trail climbs to one of the largest and bestpreserved mill structures in Colorado. Incredible views above timberline on way to Iron Mike Mine. Terrain is exciting and challenging after Waypoint 02. Water crossings are fun. Area before Waypoint 02 sees heavy traffic by hikers. Two famous fourteener hiking trails leave from established campgrounds.


Trail Ratings Defined

One obstacle on 110.J is very difficult. Other obstacles are marginally difficult, but most of trail is moderate. In the spring, water crossings may be too deep to safely cross. Highclearance stock SUVs can drive F.S. 110, but probably not F.S. 110.J.






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(719) 486-0749San Isabel N.F., Leadville R.D.

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Submitted by Andy
I rode Half Moon Rd out to the champion mine in my Jeep Gladiator on September 8, 2022. It was a great ride and the scenery is equal to anywhere in Colorado. The road is rough and steep in spots. I stayed in low range and moved over the obstacles at slow speed. Water levels were low. The last time I rode the trail I judged the creek to be too high to cross on my motorcycle (a foot higher and running fast).

Submitted by Jon
I drove up 110J last week. It is really rocky and rutted. I had a hard time with a stock FJ Cruiser. I kept bottoming out. This road is very narrow and there is no place to turn around until you get to the obstacle, which is a big boulder across the road on the other side of the creek. There is one switchback that you must make in one pass. There is no room to back up and it is really steep. It is probably not bad with a lifted 4X4. The problem is that if you encounter another vehicle, you are going to have a bad time.

Submitted by Randy Jarman
Avalanche trees blocking trail approximately 1/4 mile after the 2nd water crossing.

Submitted by Funtreks
F.S 110.J is closed 1.1 miles after Waypoint 02. You can still cross the creek and drive the obstacle, however, the trail is officially closed after this.


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