The Halfmoon Pass trail begins at the end of Tigiwon Road #707 and ends at the top of Mount of the Holy Cross: From the parking area, the trail is a moderately steep climb to Half Moon Pass, passing through spruce-fir stands the first mile then climbing above timberline to the Pass. On the west side of Half Moon Pass, the trail descends, with some steep sections, crosses East Cross Creek, and climbs again over talus to the peak of Mount of the Holy Cross . Good orientation skills are required if climbing to the peak.
* There is a printable Recreation Quicksheet for this trail which is complete with directions, a map, details, and other information about this trail. Or to see quicksheets for other recreation areas across the Forest, click on the "Recreation Quicksheets" link in the right column and select the appropriate Ranger District.
At a Glance
The trailhead is not accessible by vehicle until June 21st, annually, due to wildlife closure to motorized vehicles on Tigiwon Road.
Directions: Take Exit 171 from I-70 for Minturn, Leadville, and Hwy. 24. Turn right onto Hwy 24. Proceed south about 5 miles, passing through Minturn, to Tigiwon Road #707 (immediately on right before crossing bridge over Eagle River). Turn right and continue up this rough dirt road to the end, 8 miles. Park in the parking area at the end of the road. ** Tigiwon Road is closed to motor-vehicles annually from May1 to June 20th. It reopens to motorized vehicles on June 20th if the road is snow-free. **