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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Saguache Ranger District

Quick Facts

Halfmoon Pass Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,400 Feet (3241.9 Meters) Near middle fork of Saguache Creek
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,100 Feet (654.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,500 Feet (3896.5 Meters) Halfmoon Pass
Length, One-way: 7.0 Miles (11.67 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 912
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Creede

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Wheeler Geologic Area
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Wheeler Geologic Area
The trail provides access to the Wheeler Geological Area from Saguache Park and is an excellent tie-in for numerous circuit routes in the Wilderness. It is well maintained. Attractions are big game, scenery and fishable waters along the route.

Directions from Saguache, Colorado: Travel northwest on Colorado Highway 114 for 22.0 miles. Follow Forest Road # 750 west/northwest 18.7 miles over Cochetopa Pass. Take Forest Road # 787 south 16.4 miles back over the Continental Divide to Stonecellar Campground. Follow the jeep route west 5 1/2 miles from Stonecellar Campground along the Middle Fork. The trail begins at the Wilderness Boundary directly east of the corral at the end of the road. The trail is closed to motorized traffic.

Directions: Via Spring Creek Trail #913

Directions: Via Unknown Creek Trail #866

Directions: Via Halfmoon Creek Trail #914

Directions: Via South Fork Trail #781

Directions: Via Pinnacles Trail #869

Directions: Via La Garita Stock Driveway #787

Directions: Via Machin Basin Trail #784

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Early May through September .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing Fishing is good along route
ICON Hiking & Walking Halfmoon Pass Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Well maintained trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Beautiful views of the Wilderness area

Related Activities
Cathedral Campground - Cathedral Campground is northwest of Del Norte on Embargo Creek.Campground is located in an aspen grove with a beautiful view of Cathedral Rock to the north.

Cathedral Trail - The lower portion of the trail from the campground to Cathedral Rocks is the easiest to negotiate. From Cathedral Rocks, the trail climbs steeper and becomes rocky until it tops out near Groundhog Park.

Machin Basin Trail - The trail has had no major maintenance recently and is poorly marked. Major attractions are fishing at Machin Lake, excellent scenery, diverse wildlife and rugged terrain.

South Fork Trail (Saguache Ranger District) - The trail is easy to follow and offers several possibilities for circuit routes. Attractions are fishing in the creek, observing big game, and accessing higher country in the wilderness.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Saguache Ranger Station, 46525 Colorado Highway 114, P.O. Box 67 , Saguache, CO, 81149, Phone: 719-655-2553, TTY: 719-655-2547


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