Iron Mike  
Maps:      
USGS 7.5' Map: Mount Massive, Mount Elbert
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Moderate 7 FR 110.J 4.88 10,240 to 12,600 ft. Rock - 1 4 hours
County: Lake
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Pike - San Isabel National Forest,
Leadville Ranger District
810 Front Street
Leadville, CO 80461
(719)486-0749
Summary: Iron Mike 4WD road is a dead end road that leaves Halfmoon road and follows South Halfmoon Creek to its headwaters below Mount Elbert. The Iron Mike mine remains are at the end of the road. There is one challenging obstacle at the beginning of the road.
Attractions: Mining History, 4WD Challenge, Alpine Scenery
Seasonal
Closure:
Natural - Closed by heavy snow.
Best Time: June - North facing so may still be snowed in.
July - Upper sections may still have snow.
August - Best.
September - Best.
October - Possible early snows.
Trail Heads
Accessed:
 
Camping: Camping spots exist at the start of Iron Mike. Due to the terrain and exposed nature of the upper part of Iron Mike, there are few campsites near or above timberline.
Base Camp: This would be good area to base camp along Half Moon Creek. There are few 4WD roads, but there is access to many hiking trails.
Fall Colors: Poor - The forest around the Iron Mike 4WD road is pine.
Navigation: From Leadville, CO. head south on Harrison Ave. toward East 8th Street for 0.5 miles. Continue onto Silver Drive for 0.3 miles. Continue onto US-24 East/Front Street for 3.3 miles. Turn right onto Colorado 300 West and go 0.8 miles. Take the second left onto County Road 11/Halfmoon Road and go 1.3 miles. Turn right to stay on County Road 11/Halfmoon Road and go 7.5 miles. Turn left onto Forest Road 110J the Iron Mike 4WD road.
History: Jason Hicks page on the Iron Mike Mine site has some present photos.

The Iron Mike Mine is on a patented mining claim know as the Susquehanna Claim. It dates from around 1904 and is shown on the USGS Topographical maps of the area. The 4WD road was built as a supply road for the mine connecting it to the Halfmoon Creek road that went between the Champion Mill and Leadville.
Description:
Iron Mike is a dead end 4WD road that runs south off of Halfmoon Creek. It starts with a switchback that brings you to the South Halfmoon Creek crossing that contains the main obstacle. There are large rocks on a short incline just after crossing creek.
Adam Mehlberg on Iron Mike obstacle

photo by:
Karla H

Perry W on Iron Mike obstacle

photo by:
Unknown

Vic W on Iron Mike obstacle

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

After getting through the obstacle Iron Mike 4WD road runs along the west side of Mount Elbert (14,433 ft.) and works through some large boulders. As you continue to follow South Halfmoon Creek the road will enter a wider area of the gulch and cross open patches between the trees.
Above Timberline

photo by:
Christy H

Above Timberline

photo by:
Christy H

Just past timberline you will cross South Halfmoon Creek again and climb an outcropping of Casco Peak (13,908 ft.) where you will pass two log building remains that are the Iron Mike Mine. The road will continue up to the mine audits below the saddle between Casco Peak and Frasco Peak (13,876 ft.).
Richard H on Iron Mike obstacle

photo by:
Karla H

Iron Mike obstacle

photo by:
Christy H

Data updated November 25, 2013        4WD Road driven September 17, 2010        Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2014