BETA PHOTO: Holy Cross from Notch Mtn shelter 7-11-04.
Mount of the Holy Cross, which stands at 14,005, is a very scenic mountain hidden away in the northen part of the Sawatch Range near Vail. It contains no technical difficulties; however, it possess some good moderate snow climbs. Its north ridge route is a very popular fourteener hike, and the summit can be crowded.
Take exit 171 off of I-70. Then go south on US 24, and turn right on Tigiwon Road. Take Tigiwon road to Halfmoon Trailhead.
This would be a 3 star rating except it has a long approach, and has a lot of talus hopping. Take the Halfmoon trail over the pass and down into a valley. From in the bottom of the valley, look for a trail that goes left after the creek. Once you have found the trail, hike south on the trail up the valley to a very large lake (Bowl of Tears) past the couloir; going to the Bowl of Tears bypasses a large cliff which should be avoided. At this point hike west-northwest up to the coulo...[more]Browse More Classics in CO
I was recently in the area and noticed a large potential for good bouldering. Has anyone else noticed this or developed anything? Most boulderers that I know would probably complain that it is too long of an aproach, but I was hoping that someone would've checked it out.