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Colorado Trails

Denver: North Halfmoon Lakes

Trek across vibrant wildflower meadows to two alpine lakes tucked into a rocky chasm below Mt. Massive on this 5.8 miler outside Leadville.

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Mapped by Timm Paxson


Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.7



Location: 39.1533508300781, -106.463272094727

Go N from trailhead under a tall evergreen canopy


Location: 39.1581764221191, -106.471153259277

Follow trail NW along North Halfmoon Creek’s clear waters


Location: 39.1611442565918, -106.4736328125

Pass remnants of abandoned buildings; multiple streams flow across trail


Location: 39.1646385192871, -106.47583770752

Wind through green, vibrant meadows, heading N


Location: 39.1668090820312, -106.47713470459

Trail curves NW


Location: 39.1678771972656, -106.479232788086

Pass 2 large cairns; refill water bottles in numerous side streams feeding into Halfmoon Creek on L


Location: 39.1690330505371, -106.482414245605

Scale massive boulder on trail; use your hands to steady yourself


Location: 39.1713027954102, -106.487915039062

Head N; follow trail between two tree trunks


Location: 39.1725807189941, -106.488250732422

Dirt trail parallels stream that cascades over rocks on its way down basin; campsites are tucked between trees on R


Location: 39.1754913330078, -106.488800048828

Head N above treeline past stunted trees; Mt. Massive, Colorado’s 2nd highest peak, creates a daunting barrier. Up ahead, moderate climb to lakes


Location: 39.1806564331055, -106.491058349609

North Halfmoon Lakes: These 2 emerald pools are protected on 3 sides by cliffs and exposed scree slopes. Mt. Oklahoma’s pyramid shape is rugged backdrop; retrace route

Trailhead Views

Location: 39.1533699035644, -106.463233947754

Unnamed 13,000-ft. peak W of Halfmoon trailhead. ©Timm Paxson

Mt.Oklahoma & one of the Halfmoon Lakes

Location: 39.1806030273438, -106.49104309082

©Timm Paxson

Mt. Oklahoma

Location: 39.1769371032715, -106.489685058594

Looking W toward Mt. Oklahoma from meadow near North Halfmoon Lakes. ©Timm Paxson

Views toward Mt. Elbert

Location: 39.1735877990723, -106.487640380859

Looking S from North Halfmoon Creek drainage. ©Timm Paxson

North Halfmoon Creek Drainage

Location: 39.1794013977051, -106.48957824707

Looking NW. The peak in the background is North Massive. ©Timm Paxson

Towering Cliffs

Location: 39.1809692382812, -106.491722106934

Looking N toward cliffs just above the North Halfmoon Lakes. ©Timm Paxson

The Southwest Bowl

Location: 39.1718597412109, -106.48811340332

Looking down North Halfmoon drainage at the southwest bowl. ©Timm Paxson

Cascading stream

Location: 39.1725921630859, -106.488212585449

©Timm Paxson