|Half Moon Lake backdropped by Dick's Peak|
Although Half Moon Lake Trail (HMLT) is a pleasant treat, to do this hike you first need to get to the four-way intersection where Glen Alpine Trail meets the TRT/PCT—half a mile south of Gilmore Lake. This is where the HMLT begins.
|Glen Alpine Soda Spring at historical site|
The shortest way up to the TRT-PCT/Glen Alpine/Half Moon Lake trail intersection is from the Glen Alpine trailhead. After filling out your day-use permit and box-dropping the requested part, start out on the gravel trail via the Glen Alpine Springs Historical Site toward Grass Lake.
At the Grass Lake Trail junction, continue on Glen Alpine Trail (following the Mt. Tallac direction). This trail ascends for 1.8 miles to another junction, from where two short trails connect with the TRT/PCT: the left-side trail leads to Susie Lake and the right-side trail ascends toward Gilmore Lake and Dick's Pass. You want to take the latter.
|Lily pond near four-way intersection|
|Half Moon Lake Trail (HMLT) through forested area|
|One of the unnamed little lakes|
|Half Moon Lake|
|Map of Half Moon Lake and Alta Morris Lake with nearby Dick's Peak and Jack's Peak|
|Waterfall above Half Moon Lake|