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Champion Mill/South Halfmoon Patrol - Leadville Ranger District


  • Keep an eye out for any trash along the trail, in dispersed camping areas, and trailheads. 
  • Note any trail degradation issues and user-created routes/spurs.
  • Report any illegal campfires immediately during the fire ban. 

Trail Information: 

FS 110 (Champion Mill) - Tucked between two goliath fourteeners, Mount Massive & Mount Elbert, here the views are jaw dropping. There are so many things to explore on this trail it could take an entire week.
Halfmoon Creek is a favorite of many Trailsoffroad members. There is a mix of both easy and difficult terrain, a few water crossings and plenty of spots with fire rings for dispersed camping. It is common for the trailhead to be very congested with hikers attempting to summit Elbert and Massive, but as you cross the creeks you get the feeling you might be the only one out there. 

FS 110J (South Halfmoon) - This trail will take you through a few creek crossings and all the way up to Iron Mike Mine. The first creek crossing is fairly simple, and can be performed in a stock SUV with some clearance and 4 wheel drive. Immediately after the second creek crossing is the most difficult obstacle of this trail. According to the current MVUM (motor vehicle usage map), continuing past this waypoint, is not authorized by motor vehicle. As of now, there are no gates prohibiting travel to the Iron Mike Mine. But according to the Leadville Ranger District this could happen in 2017. After this main obstacle there are a few mildly rocky sections, and the final accent to the mine is hard packed dirt with rocks 6"-10". There is room to turn around at the mine.

Technical rating: (4-6) Easy-Moderate

Quite rocky or deep ruts. Rocks to 12" and frequent. Water crossings may exceed hub depth with strong currents. Shelves to 6". Mud may require checking before proceeding. Moderate grades to 20 degrees. Sidehill may approach 30 degrees. 4WD necessary and second attempts may be required with stock vehicles. Caution may be required with wider vehicles.