The Colorado Trail Timberline Lake and CT Trailhead to Halfmoon Creek

Leadville, Colorado 80461

The Colorado Trail Timberline Lake and CT Trailhead to Halfmoon Creek

The Colorado Trail: Timberline Lake & CT Trailhead to Halfmoon Creek Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"In this segment, there are a couple of almost 1,000-foot climbs and descents; but at the end of the segment, the CT is at almost the same elevation as at the beginning. Along the way, you’ll enter the beautiful Mount Massive Wilderness Area at about mile 3.0. At approximately mile 6.0, the CT crosses the Leadville National Fish Hatchery, one of the oldest hatcheries in the Federal system.

It was established by Congress in 1889 and is still very active. The buildings are about 2 miles east of the CT’s crossing of Rock Creek. At about the mile 10.0, a side-trail leads off to the top of Mount Massive (14,421), the second highest mountain in Colorado. For those interested in the side trip, it is 3.5 miles each way, with a little over 3,000 feet of vertical. This segment ends as you leave the wilderness area at the Halfmoon Creek Trailhead."

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Trail Information

Leadville
Nearby City
13
Distance
1,760 feet
Elevation Gain
Shuttle
Trail Type
Best summer and fall
Season
10,360 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,240 feet
Top Elevation
Leadville Ranger District, San Isabel National Forest
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated #127; USGS Homestake Reservoir, Mount Massive
Local Maps

Trail Log